Philadelphia Flyers at Edmonton Oilers Game Preview

Victor TrejosHockey, NHL

Claude Giroux, Jakub Voracek, and the Philadelphia Flyers are set to do battle against Connor McDavid, Leon Draisaitl, and the Edmonton Oilers at Rogers Place in a cross-continent showdown. The match gets going at 9 p.m. ET on Friday, December 14 and it is being shown live on NSP+ and RSNW.

Philadelphia Flyers vs. Edmonton Oilers Odds

Edmonton is 17-15 straight up (SU) and has earned moneyline bettors 4.0 units this year. That winning percentage, ranked 3rd in the Pacific Division in this young season, is a welcome improvement over the 36-46 record from last year’s regular season campaign. Through 32 regular season outings, 16 of its games have gone under the total, while 13 have gone over and just two have pushed. Thus far, the team’s 9-5 SU at home.

The Oilers have converted on 20.8 percent of their power play chances this year, a figure that’s right around league average. On the other hand, their penalty kill is ranked 25th overall, and they’ve successfully killed off 77.0 percent of all penalties.

Averaging 26.2 saves per game with a .894 save percentage, Cam Talbot (7-11-2) has been the principal option in goal for the Oilers this season. Talbot did just play last night, however, so head coach Ken Hitchcock could choose to give him a breather and go with Mikko Koskinen instead (10-5-5 record, .927 save percentage, 2.20 goals against average).

Philadelphia has lost 7.7 units for bettors taking the moneyline thus far and is currently 12-17 straight up (SU). Through 29 regular season matches, 19 of its games have gone over the total, while 10 have gone under the total and none have pushed. As the visiting team this season, the Flyers are 7-8 SU.

The Flyers have converted on just 14.3 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 29th overall and it’s successfully killed off 72.4 percent of all penalties.

Brian Elliott (.911 save percentage and 2.59 goals against average) has been the main option in goal for Philadelphia. Elliott is averaging 25.0 saves per game and has seven wins and seven losses to his credit.

Philadelphia Flyers at Edmonton Oilers Free Picks

Prediction: SU Winner \u2013 Oilers, O/U \u2013 Over

Betting Notes

  • The over has hit in four of Philadelphia’s last five games.
  • 35.3 percent of Edmonton’s wins have come by two or more goals (the team is 6-11 overall in such games) while 75.0 percent of Philadelphia’s wins have come by two goals or more (9-10 overall in such games).
  • This game features two of the tougher teams in the league. Philadelphia skaters have given out the 10th-most hits in the league (23.3 per game) while the Oilers have recorded the seventh-most (25.5).