Steep Side NHL Odds Calls for a Total Play in Oilers vs. Wild

David Lawrence

Tuesday, October 27, 2015 11:23 AM GMT

Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2015 11:23 AM GMT

The Edmonton Oilers have suffered two or more losses on either side of their three victories. Can the Oilers improve their game on Tuesday against the Minnesota Wild? Look inside for our NHL picks.

Momentum
Consistency has been a major issue for this young The Oilers team early on this season, as they have followed up three straight wins over Calgary, Vancouver, and Detroit with a pair of losses to Washington and Los Angeles. They’re hard to predict for the NHL odds. Edmonton opened the year with three straight road losses before winning their last two as the visiting team, but it will be tough to get back on track on the road against a challenging opponent on Tuesday night.

Meanwhile, Minnesota has won two of its last three games overall and has been excellent at home early on this season with a 3-0-0 record at the Xcel Energy Center. The Wild have scored exactly three goals in each of their three wins on home ice, so that will be the magic number again versus Edmonton.

 

Projected Starting Goalies
Darcy Kuemper was pulled after allowing four goals on 18 shots in Sunday’s 5-4 loss to the Winnipeg Jets, so there is every reason to expect Devan Dubnyk to be back goaltending on Tuesday against the Oilers. Dubnyk had allowed three goals in each of his first two starts but he stopped all 15 shots he faced in a 3-0 shutout win over the Anaheim Ducks. That’s before turning away 14 of 15 shots while nearly helping Minnesota come back to beat the Jets in relief of Kuemper on Sunday. He’s now 5-2-0 with a 2.27 GAA and .909 save percentage on the season.

Edmonton will likely turn back to Cam Talbot with the hope that he can help shut down the Wild attack. Talbot has been good for the Oilers early on with a 2.35 GAA and .917 save percentage, but he will be in tough against a Wild team that ranks eighth in the NHL in goals per game with a 3.0 average.

 

Outlook
Minnesota’s comeback attempt in Winnipeg just fell short, but Dubnyk will be back in goal in this game and the Wild are looking to bounce back on home ice where they haven’t lost so far this season. Minnesota has always been known for its strong defensive play and they will undoubtedly be playing with a sense of urgency in their own end after giving up five goals to the Jets. Zach Parise, Mikko Koivu and Thomas Vanek have paced the Wild attack but they have also gotten some quality secondary scoring from players like Nino Neiderreiter and Jason Zucker. Meanwhile, Edmonton has certainly shown signs of life early on, but consistency has been a problem even with Connor McDavid leading the way up front with nine points. Talbot has been excellent on the back end; yet, the Oilers still have to improve a little more at both ends of the ice before they can be expected to go in to Minnesota and come out with two points.

With the line being so high on the side, take the over with your NHL picks. Five of the last seven Oilers games have seen at least five goals. Their loose style of play will dictate the pace for an over here.

Free NHL Pick: Over 5 at The Greek

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