In a game that features two teams currently on losing streaks, the Detroit Red Wings and the Edmonton Oilers meet at Rogers Place. NBC Sports Network will broadcast this East-West matchup, and the opening face-off takes place at 9 p.m. ET on Tuesday, January 22.
Detroit Red Wings vs. Edmonton Oilers Odds
With a moneyline of -165, Edmonton enters the matchup as the noticeable favorite. The line for Detroit is standing at +145 and the Over/Under (O/U) is placed at an even 6 goals (-120 for the over, +100 for the under).
The Oilers are 23-26 straight up (SU) and have spited moneyline bettors to the tune of -3.5 units so far. That early-season winning percentage isn’t too far off from to the 36-46 record the team produced during the 2017-18 season campaign. Of the team’s 49 games this season, 22 have gone under the total, while 22 have gone over and just four have pushed. The team is 12-13 SU at home this year.
Edmonton’s converted on 21.5 percent of its power play chances this year, a figure that’s good enough for ninth-best in the league. On the other hand, its penalty kill is ranked 25th overall, and it’s successfully killed off 76.8 percent of all penalties.
Edmonton, as a collective unit, has been whistled for penalties 3.9 times per game overall this season, and 4.8 per game over its last five matchups. The team has had to defend opponent power plays for just 8.4 minutes per game over its last five home outings.
Sporting a .911 save percentage and 25.6 saves per game, Mikko Koskinen (14-13-1) has been the primary goalkeeper for the Oilers this year. If they, however, choose to rest him, Edmonton may roll with Cam Talbot (9-18-18 record, .894 save percentage, 3.27 goals against average).
The Oilers will continue to lean on the offensive production from Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl. McDavid (72 points) has put up 29 goals and 43 assists and has recorded two or more points 20 times this year. Draisaitl has 26 goals and 33 assists to his name and has recorded at least one point in 34 contests.
Over on the other bench, Detroit is 18-32 straight up (SU) and has lost 5.6 units for moneyline bettors this year. Through 50 regular season contests, 25 of its games have gone over the total, while 23 have gone under the total and just two have pushed. As the away team, Detroit is 8-16 SU so far.
Detroit has converted on just 16.5 percent of its power play opportunities this season, a mark that places it in the bottom-10 overall among NHL teams. On the other hand, its penalty kill unit is ranked 25th overall and it’s successfully killed off 77.0 percent of all penalties.
Detroit’s skaters have been whistled for penalties 3.8 times per game in total this season, and 2.6 per game over their last five road outings. The team’s had to defend opponent power plays just 6.7 minutes per game over their last 10 outings.
Jimmy Howard (28.7 saves per game) has been the primary option in goal for Detroit. Howard owns a 13-20-5 record, while registering a .915 save percentage and 2.78 goals against average this year.
Dylan Larkin (20 goals, 27 assists) will pace the attack for the visiting Red Wings.
Detroit Red Wings at Edmonton Oilers Betting Picks
Free Prediction: SU Winner – Oilers, O/U – Under
- For both of these teams, the over has hit in three of their past five matchups.
- The Red Wings are 3-14 in games where they serve fewer penalty minutes than their opponent and 11-19 when they serve fewer than 10 total penalty minutes.
- Detroit is 2-5 in games decided by a shootout this season while Edmonton is 3-0 in shootouts.
- Edmonton is ranked 9th in the NHL with 8.5 takeaways per game. That figure has trended down recently, however, as the team has averaged 6.9 takeaways over its last 10 games and 6.4 takeaways over its last five.
- Detroit is ranked 28th overall with 6.0 takeaways per game. That figure has trended lower recently, however, as it has created 4.9 takeaways over its last 10 games and 5.2 takeaways over its last five.
- Edmonton could hold an advantage if this one comes down to the wire. The team’s 13-6 in games decided by one goal, while Detroit is only 10-16 in such games.