Edmonton Oilers at Detroit Red Wings Free Pick 10/29/19

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Connor McDavid, Leon Draisaitl, and the Edmonton Oilers will do battle against Anthony Mantha, Tyler Bertuzzi, and the Detroit Red Wings at Little Caesars Arena for an East-West showdown. Sportsnet 360 will showcase the matchup, which gets underway at 7:30 p.m. ET on Tuesday, October 29.

Edmonton Oilers vs. Detroit Red Wings Odds

The Oilers (-135) are being labeled as the favorites over the Red Wings (+115) and the Over/Under (O/U) is set at an even 6 goals (-125 for the over, +105 for the under).

Edmonton is 8-4 straight up (SU) and has earned moneyline bettors 4.5 units this year. Through 12 regular season contests, six of its games have gone over the total, while another six have gone under and none have pushed. As the away team in 2019-20, the Oilers are 3-3 SU.

The Oilers have impressively scored on 33.3 percent of their power play opportunities so far. That’s a nice improvement from last season, when they were ranked eighth in the league by scoring on 21.2 percent of their extra-man advantages. Their penalty kill has also gotten stronger since last year, as they’ve gone from successfully defending 74.8 percent of all opponent power plays (ranked 30th overall last season) to 86.5 percent this year..

Averaging 24.3 saves per game with a .914 save percentage, Mike Smith (3-4-1) has been the primary option in goal for Edmonton this season. If Edmonton decides to rest him, however, they could roll with Mikko Koskinen (5-1 record, .922 save percentage, 2.45 goals against average).

On the other side of the ice, Detroit is 3-9 straight up (SU) and has lost 3.8 units for moneyline bettors thus far. Through 12 regular season matches, six of its games have gone over the total, while three have gone under and three have pushed. It’s 1-5 SU at home this season.

The Red Wings have converted on just 12.8 percent of their power play opportunities this year, a mark that places them in the bottom 10 overall among NHL teams. On the other hand, its penalty kill is ranked 30th overall, and it’s successfully killed off 69.2 percent of all opponent power plays.

Jimmy Howard (31.8 saves per game) has been the primary netminder in goal for the Red Wings. Howard has one win and five losses and has recorded a poor .901 save percentage and 3.59 goals against average this year.

Edmonton Oilers vs. Detroit Red Wings Betting Predictions

Pick: SU Winner – Red Wings, O/U – Over

Betting Trends

  • The Oilers are 4-1 in games where they serve fewer penalty minutes than their opponent and 6-4 when they’re in the penalty box for fewer than 10 total minutes.
  • After posting a 3-3 record in games decided by a shootout last year, Edmonton is off to a 1-1 start in shootouts this season. Detroit was 3-5 in shootouts last year and has yet to participate in one this time around.
  • For both of these clubs, the total has gone over in three of their past five matches.