A game between two teams on winning streaks, the Edmonton Oilers and the New York Rangers face off at Madison Square Garden in a cross-continent tilt. Sportsnet West will air the game, and the action gets going at 1 p.m. ET on Saturday, November 11.
Edmonton Oilers vs. New York Rangers Odds
New York (-130) is currently favored over Edmonton (+110), and the oddsmakers have put the Over/Under (O/U) at 6 goals. The line for betting the total stands at -120 over, +100 under.
New York is 8-9 straight up (SU) and has lost 3.3 units for moneyline bettors this year. That early-season winning percentage is a regression from the 48-34 record that the team managed during last year’s regular season campaign. Through 17 regular season contests, 11 of its games have gone over the total, while six have gone under and none have pushed. The team’s 6-6 SU at home this season.
The Rangers have been able to convert on 23.8 percent of their power play opportunities this year, a mark that places them in the top-10 among NHL teams. On the other hand, their penalty kill is rated 11th overall, and they’ve successfully killed off 82.5 percent of all penalties.
As a team, the Rangers have been penalized 3.9 times per game overall this season, and 2.6 per game over their last five outings at home. The team has had to kill penalties for just 8.3 minutes per game over their last 10 matchups, in total.
Boasting a .903 save percentage and 26.7 saves per game, Henrik Lundqvist (7-7-2) has been the primary option in goal for the Broadway Blueshirts this season. If head coach Alain Vigneault decides to give him the day off, however, the team may go with Ondrej Pavelec (1-3-3 record, .887 save percentage, 3.64 goals against average).
Mika Zibanejad and Kevin Shattenkirk will both be focal points for the Rangers. Zibanejad (18 points) is up to eight goals and 10 assists and has recorded multiple points in four different games this year. Shattenkirk has five goals and 11 assists to his credit and has recorded a point in 11 games.
Over on the other bench, Edmonton is 6-9 straight up (SU) and has lost 7.0 units for moneyline bettors this year. A total of nine of its outings have gone under the total, while six have gone over and none have pushed. As an away team so far, the Oilers are 3-3 SU.
The Oilers have converted on just 13.3 percent of their power play opportunities this season, a figure that places them in the bottom-five overall among NHL teams. On the other hand, its penalty kill unit is ranked 31st overall and it’s successfully defended 72.0 percent of all opponent power plays.
Edmonton’s skaters have been penalized 4.0 times per game this season, a number that is pretty close to the 3.8 penalties per game given up last year. After serving an average of 9.6 penalty minutes per game a year ago, the team’s been forced to stave off opponent power plays for 9.7 minutes per outing this season.
Cam Talbot (28.1 saves per game) has been the main option in goal for Edmonton. Talbot owns a 6-8-1 record, while registering a .912 save percentage and 2.90 goals against average this year.
For the visiting Oilers, the offense will be coordinated by Connor McDavid, who has 12 assists and six goals this season.
Edmonton Oilers at New York Rangers Betting Picks
Predictions: SU Winner – Oilers, O/U – Over
- The total has gone over in four of New York’s last five games.
- New York has averaged 3.3 goals per game overall this season, but has upped that figure to 4.4 per match up on its five-game win streak.
- Over New York’s last ten outings, six of them have been decided by two or more goals (the team is 5-1 in those games).
- Edmonton skaters have dished out the most hits in the league (30.8 per game).