NHL Picks: Oilers vs. Wild Odds & Preview

David Schwab

Friday, April 26, 2013 3:36 PM GMT

The Edmonton Oilers and the Minnesota Wild clash this Friday night at the Xcel Energy Center in a Northwest Division battle that has major playoff implications for the home-town team.

NHL Picks- Edmonton Oilers vs. Minnesota Wild

The puck is set to drop at 5 p.m. (PT) and the game will be broadcast nationally on the NHL Network. Let's have a look at the NHL odds set forth for this match.

Oilers Betting Overview

The Oilers have struggled to win games all season long but they have completely tanked the month of April with a 1-9 record in their last 10 games. Other than a 4-1 road victory over the equally inept Colorado Avalanche as 110 road underdogs on April 19, they have scored a grand total of just nine goals in the other nine games. Overall, Edmonton is ranked 24th in the NHL scoring with an average of 2.4 goals a game.

Things have been just as bad on the other end of the ice with Edmonton allowing three or more goals in eight of those 10 games. On the year it has a goals-against-average of 2.8 which is ranked 20th in the league. Devan Dubnyk should get the start in goal and comes in with a GAA of 2.59 and a .920 save percentage in 37 previous games.

Wild Betting Overview

Minnesota remains in good shape to claim one of the final two playoff spots in the Western Conference with 53 points but has yet to clinch anything with just two games left on its regular season schedule. The Wild are coming off a huge 2-1 victory over Los Angeles this past Tuesday night as a 102 home underdog but overall they are just 4-7-1 in the month of April. The total has gone OVER in three of their last five games.

The Wild are another team that has had trouble finding the back of the net heading down the stretch with two or less goals in seven of their last 10 games. Overall, Minnesota is averaging 2.5 goals a game to go along with a GAA of 2.6. Niklas Backstrom has made the majority of the starts in goal this season and has compiled a 2.46 GAA and a save percentage of .909 in 40 previous games.

Oilers vs. Wild - NHL Betting Odds and Trends

Edmonton has been opened as a 147 road underdog on the money line with the Wild listed as 162 home favorites. The total for this game has been set at 5.

The Oilers are 0-5 in their last five games playing on one day’s rest and 1-4 in their last five games played on a Friday. The total has stayed under in six of their last eight games against the Northwest.

The Wild are 8-1 in their last nine division games and 4-1 in their last five games playing on two day’s rest. The total has gone over in six of their last eight games against the Northwest.

The home team in this series is 27-10 in the last 37 meetings and the total has gone over in four of the last five games played in Minnesota. The Wild are a perfect 3-0 in the first three meetings this season. They won those games by a combined score of 12-6.

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Oilers vs. Wild - Free NHL Pick 

Edmonton would love nothing more than playing the role of spoiler against its division rival, but its current form does not give it much of a chance to actually pull off the upset. The way both teams are struggling to score the UNDER remains a solid play but the free NHL pick in this matchup is with the Wild. 

Wild 3 - Oilers 1 (lines provided by BetOnline)

YTD NHL Free Picks Record: 30-16-2