Jimmy’s NHL picks record: 58-70-3
Tuesday, 9 p.m. ET (NBCSN)
Free NHL Pick: ‘Under’
Best Line Offered: Bovada
The Edmonton Oilers can’t get out of their own way right now and the Detroit Red Wings don’t have enough firepower. What does that mean for both teams in Tuesday’s matchup? It means they’re going to easily forget what promises to be a boring, grinding, game that will stay “under” the total. Factor in the fact that the Oilers played what every player and head coach Ken Hitchcock described as one of their “worst games of the season” in a 7-4 loss to the Hurricanes, the Oilers will be clamping down to prevent another touchdown being scored on them.
Defenseman Adam Larsson fell on his sword for teammates after that loss Sunday but his comments described the Oilers right now and why you should stay far away from betting the money line and puck line with them.
“I can’t even look at team play right now. I have my own game to focus on and it’s so bad right now. I have to fix that first before I look left or right,’ Larsson told the media. “I’m passive, I’m not skating. I won’t get any help, it’s up to me to get out of this. And I’m the first to admit, I know how well I can play.’
The problem is that besides leading scorer, captain, and superstar Connor McDavid and to an extent Leon Draisaitl, who’s second in scoring but trails McDavid by 13 points, the Oilers are one of the biggest disappointments this season. Bettors need to proceed with caution when betting their games.
Luckily in this game, they’re playing the worst team in the East and a team that, like them, has only 142 goals. With both teams riding a two-game losing streak and not wanting to go into the break with a loss, defense will be the story in this one. Take that “under” with your NHL picks!
The Oilers are 23-26 against the spread and 12-13 at home. Edmonton has scored 142 goals and allowed 160. They’re 22-23-4 on the over/under and 12-12-1 at home. The Oilers are 20-29 on the puck line and 10-15 at home. McDavid leads the team in goals (29) and assists (43).
The Red Wings are 18-32 against the spread and 8-16 on the road. Detroit has scored 142 goals and allowed 170. They’re 25-23-2 on the over/under and 15-9-0 on the road. The Wings are 30-20 on the puck line and 14-10 on the road. Dylan Larkin leads the team in goals (20) and points (47). Gustav Nyquist leads the Wings in assists with 31.
For the Red Wings, Jimmy Howard is 13-13-0-5 with a 2.78 GAA and .915 save percentage. Jonathan Bernier is 5-12-0-2 with a 3.52 GAA and .892 save percentage.
For the Oilers, Mikko Koskinen is 14-10-0-1 with a 2.78 GAA and .911 save percentage. Cam Talbot is 9-13-0-2 with a 3.27 GAA and .894 save percentage.
For the Red Wings, Michael Rasmussen is on injured reserve with a hamstring injury; Trevor Daley is out 3-6 weeks with a broken foot and Evgeni Svechnikov is day-to-day with a knee injury.
For the Oilers, defenseman Alex Petrovic is day-to-day; defenseman Oscar Klefbom is day-to-day with a hand injury and defenseman Andrej Sekera is out indefinitely with an Achilles injury.