Ottawa Senators at Edmonton Oilers Free Preview 12/4/19

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Jean-Gabriel Pageau, Thomas Chabot, and the Ottawa Senators will face off against Connor McDavid, Leon Draisaitl, and the Edmonton Oilers at Rogers Place in a cross-country showdown. The action gets started at 9:30 p.m. ET on Wednesday, December 4, and it can be seen live on The Sports Network.

Ottawa Senators at Edmonton Oilers Odds

This matchup’s moneyline and Over/Under odds have not been posted by oddsmakers yet.

Edmonton is 17-12 straight up (SU) and has netted 6.0 units for moneyline bettors this year. That winning percentage, ranked first in the Pacific Division so far this season, is a refreshing turnaround from what the team managed during the 2018-19 season (35-47). Of the team’s 29 games this season, 14 have gone over the total, while another 14 have gone under and just one has pushed. The team is 7-5 SU at home this year.

The Oilers come into the matchup with the strongest power-play unit in the NHL, as the team has found the net on 32.5 percent of their extra-man chances this season. On the other hand, their penalty kill is ranked second overall, and they’ve successfully killed off 87.1 percent of all penalties.

With a .921 save percentage and 28.4 saves per game, Mikko Koskinen (10-6-2) has been the principal option in goal for Edmonton this season. If the Oilers choose to give him a rest, however, head coach Dave Tippett might turn to Mike Smith (7-8-8 record, .907 save percentage, 2.83 goals against average).

Ottawa has lost 1.1 units for bettors taking the moneyline thus far and is currently 11-17 straight up (SU). A total of 16 of its games have gone under the total, while 11 have gone over and none have pushed. As the away team this season, the Senators are 4-12 SU.

The Senators have converted on just 9.1 percent of their power play chances this season, a mark that places them in the bottom- overall among NHL teams. On the other hand, its penalty kill unit is ranked 15th overall and it’s successfully defended 81.8 percent of all penalties.

Anders Nilsson (28.7 saves per game) has been the primary option in goal for Ottawa. Nilsson owns a 7-8-1 record, while registering a .911 save percentage and 3.15 goals against average this year.

Ottawa Senators vs. Edmonton Oilers Betting Predictions

Pick: SU Winner – Oilers, O/U – Under

Betting Trends

  • Over Ottawa’s last ten games, five of them have been decided by two or more goals (the team is 1-4 in those games).
  • Power plays and penalty kills could be even more critical than usual in the outcome of this matchup. The Senators are 4-7 in games where they serve fewer penalty minutes than their opponent and 5-10 when they’re in the penalty box for fewer than 10 minutes, in total. The Oilers are 7-2 when the team serves fewer penalty minutes than the opposition and 12-9 in games where they’re in the box for less than 10 minutes.
  • The total has gone under in four of Ottawa’s last five games.
  • Ottawa is ranked 20th this season with 11.0 giveaways per game. That figure has trended lower, however, as it’s averaged 9.1 giveaways over its last 10 games and 6.6 giveaways over its last five.
  • Edmonton is ranked 21st this season with 11.1 giveaways per game. That figure has trended lower, however, as the team’s averaged 9.2 giveaways over its last 10 games and 8.4 giveaways over its last five.
  • Ottawa skaters have given out the sixth-most hits in the league (26.4 per game), but that number’s down to just 20.8 hits over their last five away games.