Edmonton Oilers vs. New Jersey Devils Game Preview

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The Prudential Center will be the site for a cross-continent clash as the Edmonton Oilers visit New Jersey to take on the Devils. It’s the final time that the two clubs will meet in the regular season. The opening face-off takes place at 7 p.m. ET on Thursday, November 9, and it’ll air live on Sportsnet West.

Edmonton Oilers vs. New Jersey Devils Odds

Edmonton (-125) is currently the favorite over New Jersey (+105). The Over/Under (O/U), set at 6 goals, initially opened at -120 for the over and +100 for the under. Those odds have moved, however, and they presently sit at -110 for the over, -110 for the under. The Devils are 9-5 straight up (SU) and have netted moneyline bettors 5.7 units this year. That winning percentage, ranked fourth in the league in this young season, is a remarkable improvement over the 28-54 record from the 2016-17 season campaign. Through 14 regular season contests, nine of the team’s games have gone over the total, while five have gone under and none have pushed. So far this year, the team is 4-3 SU at home. New Jersey’s converted on 23.4 percent of its power play chances this season, a figure that places them in the top-10 among NHL teams. On the other hand, its penalty kill is ranked 19th overall, and it’s successfully killed off 80.6 percent of all penalties. New Jersey, as a collective unit, has been called for penalties 4.9 times per game this season, a number that’s swelled some from the 4.0 penalties per game given up last year. After serving an average of 10.0 penalty minutes per game a year ago, the team’s been forced to kill penalties for 11.8 minutes per matchup this season. Averaging 33.0 saves per game with a .919 save percentage, Cory Schneider (7-3) has been the best goalkeeper for the Devils this year. If they choose to rest him, however, head coach John Hynes may turn to Keith Kinkaid (3-2-2 record, .903 save percentage, 2.88 goals against average). Taylor Hall and Will Butcher will both look to continue their strong seasons for the Devils. Hall (17 points) has tallied five goals and 12 assists and has recorded two or more points on four different occasions this year. Butcher has 12 assists to his credit and has recorded at least one point in eight games. Edmonton is 5-9 straight up (SU) and has lost 8.1 units for moneyline bettors this year. Through 14 regular season outings, eight of its games have gone under the total, while six have gone over and none have pushed. As a road team, Edmonton is 2-3 SU so far. Edmonton has converted on just 14.0 percent of its power play opportunities this season, a figure that’s ranked 28th in the NHL. On the other hand, its penalty kill unit is ranked 31st overall and it’s successfully killed off 69.6 percent of all penalties. Edmonton’s skaters have been called for penalties 4.0 times per game this season, a number that’s 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 has had to kill penalties for 9.9 minutes per outing this season. Cam Talbot (.909 save percentage and 2.99 goals against average) has been the primary option in goal for Edmonton. Talbot is averaging 27.8 saves per game and has five wins, eight losses, and one overtime loss to his credit. For the visiting Oilers, the offense will run through Connor McDavid, who’s got 11 assists and six goals this year.

Edmonton Oilers vs. New Jersey Devils Betting Predictions

Predictions: SU Winner – Devils, O/U – Over

Betting Trends:

  • The total has gone over in three of New Jersey’s last five outings.
  • The Oilers have averaged the league’s third-most shots on goal (36.9) while New Jersey has attempted just the 28th-most (29.5).
  • The Devils are 6-3 SU in games where they serve more penalty minutes than their opponent while the Oilers are 3-4 SU when they spend more time in the box than the opposition.
  • After going 3-3 in games decided by a shootout last year, New Jersey is off to a 2-1 start in shootouts this season. Edmonton was 4-5 in shootouts last year and has yet to participate in one this time around.
  • New Jersey ranked 25th last year with 5.7 takeaways per game, but the team seems to be applying more intense pressure on opposing offenses to begin this season. It’s currently ranked 12th in the league with 8.3 takeaways per contest.