Pittsburgh Penguins @ Edmonton Oilers
According to NHL betting odds the Penguins are a -180 money line road favorite and the posted total is 5.5. Pittsburgh has won 5 of the last 6-games between these clubs.
Keep on Keeping on
The Penguins just continue to roll winning their last 3, and 17 of their last 20-games. They’re currently 1st in the Metropolitan Division with a commanding 15-point lead over the 2nd place Washington Capitals, and 1st overall in the Eastern Conference 7-points better than the Boston Bruins who are 2nd. The Penguins have scored 5-goals or more in each of their last 3-games, and in 4 of the last 5 as well. They’ve gone over the total in 5 of their last 6, and 8 of their last 10-games. Pittsburgh’s special teams play has been absolutely magnificent this season. They’re converting on 25.7% of their power play chances which is best in the NHL, and they’re 2nd in the league in penalty killing with a 88.8% efficiency rating. This will be the 2nd of a 3-game in 5-day road trip for the Penguins, which will conclude tomorrow in Calgary.
The Edmonton Oilers began the season with 14 former first round draft choices on their roster. They’ve been labeled as a team with a bright future, and potential, for just about all of the last 4 seasons. I think it’s safe to say that all that potential hasn’t transpired into what the Oiler organization envisioned it would be at this juncture. Currently the Oilers are in last place in the Pacific Division, as well as 14th overall (last) in the Western Conference. They’re allowing 3.5 goals per game which is the worst in the NHL. This will be the final of a 3-game home stand for Edmonton which has seen them split the first 2-games. Following tonight’s game they will embark on a 4-game in 7-day road trip, which will begin in Chicago on Sunday. The Oilers have gone over the total in their last 8, and 11 of their last 12 home games.
NHL Betting System
Any home team that’s allowed 3-goals or more in each of their last 2-games, versus an opponent which scored 4-goals or more in each of their last 3-games, has gone 47-19 (71.2%) versus the money line since the beginning of the 2009-2010 season. Considering those numbers, we'll be adding Edmonton over Pittsburgh to our NHL picks
Free Pick: Edmonton +160 over Pittsburgh