Oilers Lack of Defense, Makes the Devils +110 our NHL Pick

SBR Staff

Friday, November 20, 2015 1:25 PM GMT

Our NHL handicapper takes an inside look at the Devils & Oilers game on Friday night. Don't make an NHL pick without reading this betting preview on the game.

Moral victory
It appears that moral victories are what things have come to for the struggling Oilers, who have been without No. 1 overall pick Connor McDavid (broken collarbone) for the past two weeks. They have dropped three straight games, five of their last six, and nine of their last 12.

At home against Chicago on Tuesday, Edmonton recovered from a 2-0 deficit only to fall 4-3 in overtime.

“For me, and if I say this it’s probably going to come out (wrong), it felt like a win, because we were able to come back and finally get it to overtime,” head coach Todd McLellan commented. “And in overtime, the way it goes, three-on-three, anything can happen. We got our chance, they got their one and it went in the net for them.”

The Oilers have given up four goals in each of the setbacks during this three-game kid. Anders Nilsson played in the first and third games, while Cam Talbot minded the net in the middle contest against Los Angeles.

 

Surprisingly good
According to Devils’ general manager Ray Shero, his team was picked to finish either close to last or absolute last in the NHL heading into this season. New Jersey would not have it any other way.

“I’m not sure what other teams think of when we go to play them,” goalie Cory Schneider explained. “And frankly, I don’t think it really matters to us. In our room, we’re very confident in ourselves, and if teams want to underestimate us, that’s fine–that works to our advantage.”

Having Schneider in goal is what is working to the Devils’ advantage so far during this 2015-16 campaign. Even after Tuesday’s 3-2 loss to the Flames, Schneider is 9-5-1 with an outstanding 2.05 goals-against average and a .926 save percentage. The 29-year-old posted a shutout of Pittsburgh last weekend and he had not allowed more than two goals in seven consecutive outings until the recent aberration against Calgary.

Through 18 games, New Jersey boasts a winning record of 10-7-1. With 21 points as of Thursday afternoon, the Devils were ahead of 17 other teams in the NHL standings.

                      Devils vs. Oilers Betting Odds Here

Trends

The New Jersey Devils are:

10-4 in their last 14 overall

6-2 in their last eight trips to Edmonton

5-1-3 Under in their last nine games against the Pacific Division

The Edmonton Oilers are:

2-5 in their last seven home games

2-7 in their last nine games against the Metropolitan Division

8-2 Under in the last 10 meetings between the two teams

Things may get a little bit worse before they get better for the young Oilers, who are reeling without McDavid. The defense has been especially bad of late, which means the offense will have to pick up the slack on Friday. That is easier said than done against a goalie like Schneider. The Devils are 10-4 in their last 14 overall, while Edmonton is 2-5 in its last seven at Rexall Place. Look for those trends to continue. Play the Devils tonight as your NHL pick.

NHL Pick: Devils +110 at Heritage

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