NHL Picks: Offensive Talent Makes Red Wings our Play vs. Oilers

Joe Catalano

Wednesday, October 21, 2015 3:21 PM UTC

Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2015 3:21 PM UTC

Will the superior Red Wings get back into the win column or will the Oilers continue to build something promising? Find out as we provide our NHL pick for tonight's game.

Faceoff is set for 9:30 p.m. EST, tonight at Rexall Place in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. As expected, 5Dimes has listed the Red Wings as a -123 betting favorite and the total for tonight's game is listed at 5 goals.

Starting Goalies
Although we have just a 4 game schedule on this Wednesday night, some goalies are yet to be confirmed. In this game, Detroit has confirmed that Petr Mrazek will be in net.

Mrazek is coming off of a really rough loss in which he saw a lot of work and expect him to get somewhat of a repsite as the Oilers only average 2 goals per game.

We are expecting Cam Talbot to be between the pipes for the Oilers and this is a goalie that I really like and has a high upside. When Henrik Ludvist was out with an injury last season for the Rangers, Talbot went on a tear. So much, that when Lundivst was healthy, the Rangers were reluctant to put "The King" back in net as Cam Talbot was unstoppable.

Of course, Talbot get's more of an opportunity as a member of the Edmonton Oilers and has gotten off to a rocky start. He's 1-3 with a 2.54 GAA and .908 SV %. The Oilers need to see the Cam Talbot that dominated for the Blueshirts.

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Can't Hit the Side Of a Barn
Left-winger, Taylor Hall,  (2 goals, 2 assists) leads a weak Edmonton offense that we had mentioned which features Connor McDavid (3 goals, 2 assists), Nail Yakupov (2 goals, 2 assists) and Ryan Nugent- Hopkins (2 goals).

Thus far, Hall has taken the aggressive approach and has been totally off the mark as he leads the team in shots on goal with 29. Next on the list is Yakupov with 16. That shows you just how much the Oilers need Hall to be more efficient. Aggressiveness is one thing, but if it doesn't lead to anything, it's useless.

On defense, Eric Gryba is the goon on this team as he didn't score a goal in any game last season and he played all 82 games. This season, he still hasn't managed to light the lamp , but has one assist to his credit along with 9 penalty minutes. Edmonton is a weak team, but I think Talbot has promise. Detroit should be in line for a win and at good NHL odds on the road and off of two successive losses.


Zetterberg and Abdelkader
With the Red Wings, there's much more talent offensively as this is a team that averages 3 goals per game, led by left winger, Justin Abdelkader. Abdelkader leads the team with 4 goals to go along with 1 assists. He's not very aggressive on the offensive end, but has been accurate thus far.

Leading scorer, Henrik Zetterberg is the battery that makes this team tick as he can shoot and is a superb setup man. For the season, Zetterberg has 2 goals and 7 assists to lead the team. Detroit's top 5 players are all on the plus side in the plus/minus category and unless Talbot comes up huge, expect more from the Detroit offense as this is a total mismatch despite the Red Wings having lost 2 straight games. We will take the Red Wings as our NHL pick today.

NHL Pick: Red Wings -115 at BetOnline

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