Edmonton is having a very disappointing season with 42 points, but the Bruins have trouble putting the puck in the net. Is Boston another good fade as the betting favorite as our NHL betting pick?
Ice time is set for 10:00 pm ET tonight at Rexall Place in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. NHL betting odds have taken a bit of time to come out for this game, but 5Dimes Sportsbook is very reliable and they have the Bruins listed as a -185 betting favorite and the total for the game is 5.
Scrivens Gets the Start
For Edmonton, goalie Ben Scrivens has been taking off the injured reserved list and is active. Viktor Fasth, who has had a really rough season, was injured in Edmonton's last game, and Scrivens gets the start. At 10-17-7 with a 2.99 GAA and.895 SV%, Scrivens has been better than Fasth, but has also had a very poor season. Let's remember, this is an Edmonton team that allows 3.3 goals per game, ranking near the bottom of the NHL.
Boston, who averages just 2.6 goals per game, will be licking their chops at the thought of facing Scrivens.
Problems For Rask?
Tuukka Rask has been always thought of one of the better goalies in the league. This season, he's done fairly well with a 23-15-8 mark and a 2.35 GAA. Rask has surprisingly lost 4 straight games. Tonight's game might be the kick start that he needs or it is also possible that this game could reach over the total as the goaltending is very weak and the total is listed at mere 5 goals.
Nothing To Cheer About
Thus far this season, the Edmonton Oilers have given their fans very little to cheer about. They rank near the bottom of the NHL is most statistical categories and are a losing team.
Edmonton is a -1 in the goal category as they average 2.3 goals per game and allow 3.3 goals per game. The Oilers aren't much better on the power play as they rank 28th on converting and 25th in the league on the kill. This is a definite opportunity for guys like Patrice Bergeron (16 goals, 22 assists, 160 SOG), that like to create pressure on the offensive end for Boston. Milan Lucic is another player that comes to mind when thinking of Boston as he's a +11 player and that leads the Bruins squad.
With Taylor Hall injured, Jordan Eberle (15 goals,24 assists) and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (15 goals, 20 assists) are the only reliable sources of offense for the Oilers. Eberle has been an assist machine as of late with 6 assists in his last 5 games. Nugent- Hopkins has been lighting the lamp on a frequent basis. He's scored 3 goals in his last 2 games. The Oilers have only won 1 out of their last 4 games and that's the victory over Montreal in overtime (4-3) when Nugent- Hopkins potted 2 goals and had 6 shots on goal. He will have to come up big in this spot as Boston is the substantial betting favorite.
These are two weak offenses and Boston looks like the obvious NHL pick. Tuukka Rask has shaken up my confidence in him and I'm going to side with the total. The goaltending is simply atrocious and the defense is very weak in Edmonton's case. Over the total is the play.
NHL Pick- Boston/Edmonton Over 5 at 5 Dimes