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New Jersey Devils vs. Edmonton Oilers
NHL: Friday, November 8, Rogers Place, Edmonton, Alberta, 9:00 PM ET
The New Jersey Devils responded to a three-game losing streak with a couple of road victories over the Carolina Hurricanes and Winnipeg Jets. After a slow start to the season, the Devils improved recently, and they are in the 14th place in the Eastern Conference with a 4-5-4 record and 12 points from 13 games.
The Edmonton Oilers returned home from a three-game road trip but lost both home games to the Arizona Coyotes and St. Louis Blues. Edmonton now dropped to a 10-5-2 record and is in the 2nd position in the Western Conference with 22 points after 17 games.
These rivals already faced this season when Edmonton secured a 4-3 shootout win on the road despite trailing 3-2 late in the game.
The Devils edged the Jets in the shootoutNew Jersey suffered three consecutive home defeats (two in overtime or shootout) but responded with a pair of road victories over the Carolina Hurricanes and Winnipeg Jets. The Devils got to a 1-0 lead over the Jets thanks to Nico Hischier’s early goal, but Andrew Copp tied the result in the second period to send the game into the overtime and then the shootout. Nikita Gusev and Jesper Boqvist scored for the Devils and secured them two points. Taylor Hall leads New Jersey in points so far with 13 (G2, A11), while Kyle Palmieri (G6, A4) and Sami Vatanen (G4, A4) are following him with ten and eight, respectively. Will Butcher (upper body) is out for the visitors, while Jesper Bratt (upper body) is doubtful to face Edmonton.
This season, New Jersey has the 19th offense in the NHL that averages 2.85 goals per contest, and they are facing Edmonton’s 9th defense that allows 2.65 goals per game. The Devils are the 23rd team when it comes to powerplay conversion (14.0%), while Edmonton is the 13th team in the NHL in penalty kill percentage (83.3%).
Cory Schneider is probable to start at the goal for the Devils, and he is 0-3-1 as he faced 144 shots in the 2019-20 and allowed 22 goals (4.71 per game) and recorded 122 saves (.847 SV %) without shutouts. He met the Oilers once in 2018-19 and won that game, allowing 3.00 goals with .923 SV%.
The Blues proved to be too strong for the OilersEdmonton suffered a 5-2 home defeat to the reigning Stanley Cup champions St. Louis Blues after allowing a pair of shorthanded goals late in the third period. The Oilers had 34 shots opposite to St. Louis’ 25 but failed to equalize in the last three minutes of the game in powerplay situation, and the visitors punished them through Tyler Bozak and Ivan Barbashev. Leon Draisaitl is the 2nd best player in the NHL at the moment as he has 29 points (G13, A16), while Connor McDavid is two places behind with 26 points (G8, A18). Two of them will pose the biggest threat to Cory Schneider and New Jersey’s defense after combining for three points in an H2H win earlier this season. Adam Larsson (back) and Joakim Nygard (ribs) will not feature on Friday.
Despite a 5-2 final, it was another tight one into the dying minutes of the 3rd tonight as the #Oilers come inches from tying it late before two empty-netters sealed the deal for the Blues. pic.twitter.com/lZIkay2O97— Edmonton Oilers (@EdmontonOilers) November 7, 2019
Edmonton has the 21st offense in the NHL in 2019-20 that averages 2.76 goals per contest, and they are facing New Jersey’s 29th defense that allows 3.69 goals per game. The Oilers are the 2nd team when it comes to powerplay conversion (27.1%), while New Jersey is the 25th in the NHL in penalty kill percentage (75.6%).
Mike Smith is probable to start at the goal for the Oilers, and he is 5-4-1 as he faced 285 shots in the 2019-20 and allowed 21 goals (2.22 per game) and recorded 264 saves (.926 SV %) with one shutout.
The top supporting trends for this game are found on Covers.com New Jersey:
- 14-37 in their last 51 road games
- 34-80 in their last 114 games as an underdog
- 26-64 in their last 90 Friday games
- 11-1 in their last 12 vs. the Metropolitan Division opponents
- 8-2 in their last ten vs. the Eastern Conference opponents
- 8-2 in their last ten games as a home favorite
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
Although Edmonton lost the previous three home games and New Jersey won the last two on the road, I am going with the Oilers in this one. The Oilers won three of the previous four H2H duels at Rogers Place. Draisaitl and McDavid are red-hot this season, and the Devils will have a lot of problems to keep them at bay after neither of them scored in a loss to the Blues. New Jersey has one of the leakiest defenses in the NHL, and I am backing the Oilers to unlock it early on, despite the fact that the Devils are playing well in the opening period this year. The visitors are playing the second of back-to-back games, and that will undoubtedly affect their performance here.
Prediction: Edmonton Oilers (-145)
Full-Game Total Pick
Edmonton is struggling with efficiently lately as they scored just two goals in each of the last three games. Also, the Oilers scored precisely two goals in the previous three home games, but this matchup with the Devils is quite favorable for the hosts. Apart from a 2-1 win over the Jets, New Jersey conceded at least three goals in each of the four games before that victory. The Devils are allowing almost four goals per game, and Edmonton has a great chance to score more than two finally. The total is set at 5.5, and I am going with Over.
Prediction: Over 5.5 (-125)