NHL Picks Sharks vs. Oilers to go Under

Ross Benjamin

Wednesday, January 29, 2014 1:47 PM GMT

Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014 1:47 PM GMT

The San Jose Sharks take a trip to Edmonton to take on the Oilers on a slow night for the NHL with only three game on schedule. Join our handicapper as he looks at the NHL betting system to make his picks.

San Jose Sharks vs. Edmonton Oilers

The Oilers host the Sharks on Wednesday at Rexall Place in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. According to NHL betting odds the Sharks are a -175 money line road favorite and the posted total is 5.5. The Sharks have won 16 of their last 21 meetings versus the Oilers, including the last 4 played in Edmonton.

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Cautious Optimism

There’s no question the Edmonton Oilers have been a major disappointment this season. However, they enter tonight riding a modest 2-game win streak. They’re coming off a 4-2 road win as a +180 money line underdog on Monday versus the Vancouver Canucks. The Oilers have gone over the total in the last 3, 12 of the last 15, and 15 of their last 19-games. They’ve also gone over the total in 14 of their last 17 home games. Edmonton is dead last in the NHL allowing an average of 3.4 goals per game. The Oilers have gone a dismal 6-22 against the money line this season versus an opponent with a winning money line record.

The Killer Sharks

San Jose comes off a 1-0 home loss versus the Los Angeles Kings on Monday. The loss snapped San Jose’s 6-game winning streak. The Sharks have now allowed 2-goals or less in 8 of their last 9-games. They’ve gone over the total in just 1 of their last 11-games. This will be the Sharks 4th game in their last 7-days. They’ve gone just 10-25 on the road versus the money line in the last 3 seasons when playing their 4th game in 7-days. San Jose has gone just 1-7 in the last 2 seasons on the road after winning 4 of their last 5-games. The Sharks are 2nd in the Pacific Division 9-points behind 1st place Anaheim, and are 4th overall in the Western Conference.

NHL Betting System

Let's go over some important numbers before making our NHL picks for this match-up. Any team (San Jose) that’s allowed 2-goals or less in each of their last 4-games, versus an opponent that comes off 2 straight wins with each coming by 2-goals or more, has seen 31 of those 40-games (77.5%) go under the total in the last 5 seasons.

Free Pick: San Jose/Edmonton to go under the total of 5.5

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