Our NHL consultant breaks down Saturday’s game between Edmonton and Philadelphia in this betting preview article. Take the time to read this revealing dissertation which culminates with a money line selection.
Game of the Weak in Edmonton
The Edmonton Oilers will host the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday at 10:05 PM ET. According to the NHL betting odds at 5Dimes, Philadelphia is a -130 money line favorite. Since the start of the 2013-2014 NHL campaign, Philadelphia has gone 3-0 versus Edmonton, and two of those three went over the total.
The NHL regular season is a long and physically demanding 82-game grind. A key factor when making my NHL picks this late in the season, pertains to the recent schedule of each team. Part of that evaluation process is how much rest each club possesses heading into a game.
The Philadelphia Flyers will be playing the finale of a three game in five day Western Canadian road trip tonight. They lost each of their first two by identical 4-1 scores at Calgary and Vancouver. The Flyers have now lost eight straight on the road, and are a dismal 9-29 versus the money line in away games during the 2014-2015 NHL campaign. Philadelphia will also be playing in their fifth game during the last eight days.
The Edmonton Oilers will be playing their third of a six game in twelve day home stand this evening. Edmonton will also be playing in just their third game in the last eight days. The Oilers clearly have an advantage in terms of rest, and scheduling itinerary in comparison to tonight’s opponent.
Flyers can’t put the Puck in the Ocean
The Philadelphia Flyers enter tonight losers of the last three, and seven of their previous eight games. A major contributing factor to their recent failures has been anemic goal scoring. The Flyers have scored one goal or less in each of the last three, and five of their previous six games. Philadelphia has also scored just two goals or less in all of their last nine contests on the road.
“Give and Take” for the Oilers
The Edmonton Oilers have scored three goals or more in each of their last four, and five of their previous six games. That’s the good news. The flip side of that equation, they’ve allowed an average of 4.7 goals per contest during those recent six games. Looking at recent results of the Oilers is similar to watching a daily soap opera. You may not have checked those outcomes for a few weeks, and when you do, it all looks the same. The Oilers enter tonight having gone a dismal 1-8 against the money line in their previous nine games.
Something has to give in this matchup of two ice cold teams. It comes down to choosing the lesser of two evils. The Oilers are the more rested team, and they’ve had a more favorable recent schedule, compared to that of the Flyers. Edmonton has at least shown the ability to score goals with some type of regularity of late. The Flyers on the other hand have endured a prolonged offensive drought. It’s very difficult to side with a team (Philadelphia) as a road favorite which has lost eight away games in a row, regardless of the opponent they’re about to face.
NHL Pick: Edmonton +120 over Philadelphia at Bookmaker