Wanna close your sports wagering week out on a profitable note? We’re sure that answer is yes, read our revealing insight into tonight’s Sharks and Oilers game that culminates with a free pick.
NHL Clash in the Pacific
The Oilers will host the Sharks on Sunday night at Rexall Place in Edmonton with the opening puck drop scheduled for 9:05 PM ET. According to the NHL betting odds at 5Dimes, the Sharks are a -160 money line favorite, and the posted total is 5.5. This will mark the first meeting of the season between these Western Conference rivals. They will also get right back at it on Tuesday night in San Jose. The Sharks took 4 of the 5-games a season played between these Pacific Division teams.
After enduring a tough stretch when that saw them go 7-14 over a 21-game period, the San Jose Sharks have responded by winning their last 4 in a row heading into tonight. Despite their disappointing 14-14 money line start to the season, the Sharks power play has been very efficient. San Jose has gone 21-for-87 (24.1%) with their man advantage opportunities during this 2013-2014 NHL campaign. The Sharks will turn to backup goaltender Alex Stalock to be between the pipes tonight. Stalock has performed well in his 5-starts this season, compiling an outstanding .925 save percentage in those outings. The Sharks have gone a respectable 9-8 against the money line on the road this season.
From Bad to Worse
Just when you thought things couldn’t get much worse for the Edmonton Oilers entering this season after enduring 9 straight years of franchise futility, well it has. The Oilers enter today with a dismal 6-20 money line record on the season. They’ve lost the last 11 in a row, and 15 of their last 17 overall. Their most recent struggles have been prompted by an anemic offensive output that’s seen them score 2-goals or less in 6 of their last 7-games. They’ve also gone a pathetic 0-9 this season versus opponents from within their own division. Although their lack of offensive production has been an ongoing problem this season, they’ve certainly not been good defensively by allowing 3.5 goals per game. Tonight’s scheduled starting goaltender Ben Scrivens has gone 4-12 in 16-starts, and posted a terrible .888 save percentage.
As much as it pains me to favor such a heavily wagered upon public side like the Sharks will be tonight, the Oilers don’t leave me much of a choice. I alluded to the fact earlier that the Oilers are entering today on an 11-game losing streak. I failed to mention that they haven’t played since a 3-2 loss at Winnipeg this past Wednesday. The combination of their current losing streak, and playing on 3-days of rest, creates a very profitable money line betting system. I will utilize that specific handicapping tool in making one of my NHL picks for today.
Any road team, versus an opponent that’s playing on exactly 3-days of rest, and that opponent (Edmonton) has lost 6 or more games in a row, has gone 22-7 (75.9%) against the money line since 1996.
Free NHL Pick: San Jose -160 over Edmonton at BookMaker