Edmonton Oilers vs. Detroit Red Wings Free Preview

Jose VasquezArticles, Hockey, NHL

Little Caesars Arena will play host to an East-West matchup as the Edmonton Oilers come into town to face the Detroit Red Wings. It’s the final time that the two clubs will go at it in the regular season. The first puck will drop at 7 p.m. ET on Wednesday, November 22, and it’ll air live on Fox Sports Detroit.

Edmonton Oilers vs. Detroit Red Wings Odds

Producing 0.5 units for moneyline bettors, Detroit is 10-11 straight up (SU) overall thus far. That winning percentage, the third-best in the Atlantic Division in this young season, is a welcome improvement over the 33-49 record from last years regular season campaign. 11 of the teams 21 outings have gone under the total, while 10 have gone over and none have pushed. The teams 4-5 SU at home this season. The Red Wings have converted on 22.4 percent of their power play opportunities this season, a figure that places them in the top-10 among NHL teams. On the other hand, their penalty kill is ranked seventh overall, and they’ve successfully killed off 84.6 percent of all penalties. As a collective unit, the Red Wings have been whistled for penalties 4.6 times per game overall this season, 5.2 per game over their last five contests total, and 5.0 per game over their last five at home. The teams had to kill penalties for a whopping 14.0 minutes per game over their last 10 matchups, overall. Averaging 29.1 saves per game with a .928 save percentage, Jimmy Howard (8-8-2) has been the top option in goal for Detroit this year. If head coach Jeff Blashill decides to rest him, however, Detroit could turn to Petr Mrazek (2-4-4 record, .911 save percentage, 2.98 goals against average). Dylan Larkin and Anthony Mantha will both lead the way for the Red Wings. Larkin (20 points) has put up four goals and 16 assists and has recorded two or more points in four different games this year. Mantha has 10 goals and nine assists to his name and has notched a point in 10 contests. On the other side of the rink, Edmonton is 7-14 straight up (SU) and has lost 10.5 units for moneyline bettors this year. Through 21 regular season matches, 11 of its games have gone under the total, while eight have gone over and just one has pushed. The Oilers are 3-7 SU as an away team this season. The Oilers have converted on 21.1 percent of their power play chances this year, a figure that’s right around league average. On the other hand, its penalty kill unit is ranked 30th overall and it’s successfully defended 74.0 percent of all opponent power plays. Edmonton’s skaters have been penalized 4.7 times per game this season, and 5.8 per game over their last five road outings. The teams had to kill penalties an unhealthy 13.8 minutes per game over their last 10 outings. Cam Talbot (.900 save percentage and 3.19 goals against average) has been the primary option in goal for Edmonton. Talbot is averaging 26.1 saves per game and owns a 7-12-1 record. Connor McDavid (10 goals, 16 assists) has been one of the primary offensive facilitators for the visiting Oilers.

Edmonton Oilers at Detroit Red Wings Betting Predictions

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

Betting Notes:

  • The over has hit in three of Detroit’s last five outings.
  • Over Edmonton’s last ten games, seven of them have been decided by two or more goals (the team is 2-5 in those games).
  • Edmonton skaters have accounted for the leagues most hits per game (29.4).