Senators -109 vs. Oilers for Hockey Picks

David Lawrence

Tuesday, March 4, 2014 1:18 PM GMT

Tuesday, Mar. 4, 2014 1:18 PM GMT

Two teams that are likely to be sellers at Wednesday’s trade deadline will square off in this one. The Ottawa Senators are 17 points better than the Edmonton Oilers in the standings but this will still be a fairly even matchup. So where does the best value lie for our NHL picks?

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The Ottawa Senators Can Win Because…

They are playing Edmonton, who is the worst team in the Western Conference and the second-worst team in the NHL. The Oilers have lost three straight and considering they’ve only scored two goals in those games, just showing up is all that Ottawa might need to do to register a win.

The Sens are not great but they’re at least competent. They’ve won five of their last seven against teams with a losing record while the Oilers are 7-16 when playing at home with a total of 5.5. The Sense are clearly the better choice for your sports picks – especially since you don’t have to pay a hefty price to take them.

The Edmonton Oilers Can Win Because….

Ottawa has some issues of their own. While they might look like the better team on paper, keep in mind that key veterans like Chris Phillips and Jason Spezza could be traded in a day. What’s their mindset going to be here?

The Sens are just 3-10 after a win by two or more goals and are 6-14 after a game in which they scored four or more goals. They’ve lost five of their last eight road games and there’s a reason why they’re such a small favorite on the NHL odds: they’re not that good.

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Outlook & Pick

This is a tricky game to handicap. The bottom line for me is that Oilers are just downright putrid and I need a lot more than just even money to take a shot with them for my NHL picks. That being the case, I’ll lay the juice with the Sens.

NHL Pick: Senators -109 at Pinnacle

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