Oilers to Hammer Defenseless & Sliding Islanders

Dana Lane

Thursday, March 8, 2018 2:36 PM UTC

Thursday, Mar. 8, 2018 2:36 PM UTC

Edmonton has beaten the New York Islanders in six of the past seven in Edmonton, and handicapper Dana Lane is taking advantage of this huge opportunity with the Oilers on Thursday.

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The Edmonton Oilers (28-34-4, 60 pts, -32) are desperately trying to salvage any positives from the 2017-18 season, and they’ll certainly have a legitimate chance to put tonight’s game against the New York Islanders (29-29-9, 67 pts, -25) in the win column. Puck drops at 9 p.m. ET.

According to the SBR odds page, Edmonton opened as a -140 favorite with a total of 6. The public isn’t interested in the side as much as the total. The minute this number hit the sheets, it was bet up to 6.5 at Pinnacle. The side has held steady with a little Oiler money.

It’s been a while since these two teams have met, but back in November the Oilers managed a 2-1 overtime win in Brooklyn as a +105 dog. The total was 6. Cam Talbot was sensational, making 36 saves.

Islanders money-line bettors have lost 1,601 units this season while puck-line wagers have lost 1,725 units. The OVER is 33-31-2; 16-16-2 on the road. Oilers money-line bettors have lost 862 units with puck-line supporters losing 985 units. The OVER is 40-24-3; 21-10-1 at home.

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Coach McLellan discusses @strome18 & @Jpuljujarvi's utilization, @Bear25E's progression since #Oilers debut & more following today's practice. pic.twitter.com/lw69Gsq2W3

— Edmonton Oilers (@EdmontonOilers) March 7, 2018

The Oilers know their fate, but they can also have a lot to say about the Islanders as well. New York is trailing the Columbus Blue Jackets by six points for the final wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference. A loss to Edmonton could be the final nail in the Islanders' coffin. New York has dropped seven straight games and the Oilers haven’t exactly been friendly guest over the years, beating New York six times in their last seven meetings at home.

Todd McLellan’s team is getting production from its top three lines; too little, too late, but it’s good to know that this isn’t a locker room that seems to have any quit in them. Third-line center Ryan Strome has 5 points in his last five games and 9 in 10. Jesse Puljujarvi has three in five games. Connor McDavid is still as good as ever with 80 points to lead the team. McDavid has nine points in his last five games, and Leon Draisaitl has 28 points in his last 25 games. This is not a team that a bad defensive club like New York wants to play right now. Oilers easily.

  • Likely Goaltenders: Jaroslav Halak (18-22-6, .908, 3.23) for Islanders, Talbot (23-26-2, .904, 3.12) for Oilers.
  • Key Statistic: Islanders 3.57 goals allowed per game (31st)
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