Arizona Coyotes vs. Edmonton Oilers Game Preview

Rogers Place will play host to a Pacific Division showdown as the Arizona Coyotes come into town to face the Edmonton Oilers. It’s the fourth and final time that these two clubs will meet in the regular season. Fox Arizona Plus will air the game, which gets underway at 9 p.m. ET on Monday, March 5.

Arizona Coyotes vs. Edmonton Oilers Odds

Arizona (+135) is currently the underdog to Edmonton (-155), and the oddsmakers have set the Over/Under (O/U) at 6 goals. The line for betting the total stands at -115 for the over and -105 for the under.

Edmonton is 27-38 straight up (SU) and has lost 18.4 units for moneyline bettors this year. That early-season winning percentage is a noticeable slide from what the team recorded during last years regular season (47-35). Among the teams 65 games this season, 31 have gone over the total, while an additional 31 have gone under and just three have pushed. The teams 13-19 SU at home this season.

The Oilers have converted on just 14.1 percent of their power play chances this year, a figure that places them in the bottom- overall among NHL teams. On the other hand, their penalty kill is ranked 32nd overall, and they’ve successfully killed off 73.5 percent of all penalties.

As a collective unit, the Oilers have been penalized 3.7 times per game overall this season, and 3.0 per game over their last five at home. The teams had to kill penalties for just 6.5 minutes per game over their last 10 matchups, in total.

Averaging 27.2 saves per game with a .903 save percentage, Cam Talbot (23-29-2) has been the top option in goal for Edmonton this season. If Edmonton decides to give him the night off, however, it may turn to Laurent Brossoit (3-10-10 record, .886 save percentage, 3.22 goals against average).

The Oilers will continue looking for offensive production out of Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl. McDavid (79 points) is up to 30 goals and 49 assists and has recorded multiple points in 22 different games this year. Draisaitl has 21 goals and 37 assists to his credit and has recorded at least one point in 38 contests.

On the other side of the ice, Arizona is 20-44 straight up (SU) and has lost 18.0 units for bettors taking the moneyline this year. Through 64 regular season contests, 34 of its games have gone under the total, while 29 have gone over and just one has pushed. The Coyotes are 8-22 SU as a road team this season.

The Coyotes have converted on just 16.3 percent of their power play chances this year, a figure that places them in the bottom-five overall among NHL teams. On the other hand, its penalty kill unit is ranked 19th overall and it’s successfully defended 79.5 percent of all opponent power plays.

Arizona’s players have been penalized only 3.3 times per game in total this season, and 4.4 per game over their last ten contests. The teams had to kill penalties just 8.0 minutes per contest over their last five road games.

Antti Raanta (26.8 saves per game) has been the primary option in the net for Arizona. Raanta owns a 16-23-6 record, while registering a .924 save percentage and 2.43 goals against average this year.

For the visiting Coyotes, the offense will be facilitated by Clayton Keller (17 goals, 29 assists) and Derek Stepan (11 goals, 29 assists).

Arizona Coyotes at Edmonton Oilers Betting Picks

Pick: SU Winner – Oilers, O/U – Over

Betting Trends

  • Four of Edmonton’s last ten contests have been decided by two or more goals. The club is 1-3 overall in those games.
  • The Coyotes are 8-19 when they serve fewer penalty minutes than their opponent and 14-33 in games where they’re in the box for fewer than 10 total penalty minutes.
  • Edmonton is 3-1 in games decided by a shootout this season while Arizona is 1-5 in shootouts.
  • The total has gone over in three of Edmonton’s last five outings.
  • Edmonton has put up just 2.0 goals per contest (while giving up 4.0) over its three-game losing streak.
  • Edmonton has averaged 19.0 giveaways over its last five home games, a rise over its season average of 12.4 giveaways per game (ranked 30th).
  • Arizona skaters have averaged 5.4 giveaways over its last five home games, an improvement from its season average of 7.3 giveaways per game (ranked sixth in the league).
  • This game features a couple of the more aggressive teams in the league. Arizona skaters have accounted for the fourth-most hits in the league (24.5 per game) and the Oilers have registered the most (27.0).