The Edmonton Oilers host the New York Rangers on Sunday at Rexall Place with the opening face-off slated for 8:05 PM ET. According to NHL betting odds the Rangers are a -155 money line road favorite and the posted total is 5.0. These teams have seen just 1 of their last 7 meetings go over the total. The Oilers are last in both the Pacific Division and Western Conference standings. The Rangers are currently 2nd in the Metropolitan Division, and 5th overall in the Eastern Conference.
Playing out the String
The Edmonton Oilers haven't had a whole lot to play for as a team for quite some time now. However, they're coming off a 4-3 overtime home win versus the Anaheim Ducks on Friday. The Oilers received an excellent effort in goal from Ben Scrivens who stopped 48 of 51 Anaheim shots on net. The win improved Edmonton to 14-22 versus the money line at home this season. Tonight will be the finale of a elongated 6-game in 13-day home stand for the Oilers, that's seen them go 2-3 thus far. Surprisingly the Oilers have gone 9-4 this season following a game versus a division opponent. The Oilers have failed to go over the total in their last 9-games versus an Eastern Conference teams.
Gearing up for the Home
The New York Rangers will be focused on finishing the regular season strong, and carrying that momentum into the playoffs. They had their 5-game winning streak snapped on Friday night in a surprising 4-3 road loss at the hands of the Calgary Flames. Despite the loss the Rangers are still an excellent 23-14 versus the money line on the road this season, including 21-8 in the last 29. They currently hold a slim 1-point lead over the Philadelphia Flyers for 2nd in the division, and for the 5th overall spot in the East. The Rangers can Ill afford to lose consecutive games to the two worst teams record wise in the Western Conference if they hope to stave off the Flyers.
NHL Betting Systems
Any home team that's gone over the total in their last 2 or more games in a row, and they average 2.5 or less goals per game, versus an opponent that allows 2.5 or less goals per game, has gone 37-20 (64.9%) versus the money line in the last 5 seasons.
Any money line home underdog of between +100 to +200 that's playing in the 2nd half of the season, and they have a money line winning percentage of between .300 to .400, versus an opponent with a winning record, has gone 28-18 (60.9%) in the last 5 seasons.
Free Pick: Oilers +135 over the Rangers