NHL Pick: Value in Underdog Oilers Money Line Over Rangers

Ross Benjamin

Sunday, December 14, 2014 3:16 PM UTC

Sunday, Dec. 14, 2014 3:16 PM UTC

Read our informative NHL betting article between the Rangers and Oilersand it culminates by us disclosing a money line betting system that’s gone 73.1% since 1996.

Rangers in Western Canada on Sunday Night
The Oilers will play host to the Rangers tonight at Rexall Place in Edmonton. The opening faceoff is scheduled for 9:35 PM ET. According to the NHL odds at Pinnacle, the Rangers are a -135 money line favorite, and the posted total is 5.5. Edmonton won the only other meeting between these clubs this season by a 3-1 margin at Madison Square Garden in New York back on November 9th. The teams split their two meetings a season ago with the road team winning on each occasion.


Showing Signs of their Potential
The defending Eastern Conference champion New York Rangers start to the season left a lot to be desired. However, they’re showing signs of coming alive in recent games. “The Blue Shirts” have won their last 2, and have gone 6-3 in the last 9 overall. The Rangers have scored 3-goals or more in 7 of their last 8-games. They’ve also seen 4 of their previous 5-games go over the total. After being one of the better road teams in the NHL a season ago, the Rangers are off to a slow 4-6 start in away games this year. Tonight will be the 2nd of a 4-game in 8-day road trip. The trip began successfully with a dominating 5-1 win at Vancouver last night. The Rangers will turn to backup goaltender Cameron Talbot tonight. Talbot has gone just 1-3 on the road this season with a subpar .895 save percentage.


Ongoing Saga of Ineptness
The Edmonton Oilers enter tonight having lost the last 3, 14 of the last 15, and 18 of their last 21-games. The most recent of those losses came on Friday night when they suffered a 4-2 defeat at the hands of the Anaheim Ducks. Edmonton has scored 2-goals or less in the last 6, and 10 of their last 11-games. Tonight’s listed probable starting goaltender is Ben Scrivens. He’s gone 5-13 in 18-starts this season with a less than impressive .888 save percentage. The only positive thing I can contribute at this point regarding the Oilers is that they’re in line to get their hands on a very good player in the 2015 NHL entry draft.


Final Analysis
I’ve already alluded to the fact that the Rangers lost to the Oilers in their only other meeting this season, and that defeat came as a money line favorite of -190. I also alluded to their 5-1 road win last night. Painstakingly, I can’t ignore a rare but highly successful money line betting system when making one of my NHL picks for today.

Any money line home underdog (Oilers), versus an opponent (Rangers) playing with same season revenge stemming from a loss as a money line favorite, and is coming off a road win by 3-goals or more in their previous game, has seen the home underdog go a stellar 19-7 (73.1%) since 1996.

Free NHL Pick: Oilers +135 over the Rangers

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