Edmonton Oilers vs. Winnipeg Jets Free Pick 10/20/19

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Connor McDavid, Leon Draisaitl, and the Edmonton Oilers will face off against Patrik Laine, Mark Scheifele, and the Winnipeg Jets at Bell MTS Place for a Western Conference tilt. Sportsnet ONE will air the matchup, and the opening face-off is at 7 p.m. ET on Sunday, October 20.

Edmonton Oilers vs. Winnipeg Jets Odds

The Jets (-130) are currently favored over the Oilers (+110) and the Over/Under (O/U) has been set at 7 goals (-110 for the over, -110 for the under).

Edmonton is 7-1 straight up (SU) and has earned moneyline bettors 6.5 units this season. That SU win percentage, ranked first in the league so far this season, represents a welcome improvement compared to how the team performed during last year’s regular season (35-47). Four of its outings have gone over the total, while another four have gone under. This 2019-20 Oilers team is 3-1 SU on the road.

The Oilers have impressively found the net on 41.7 percent of their power play chances thus far. That’s a good improvement from last season, when they were ranked eighth in the league by converting on 21.2 percent of their extra-man advantages. Their penalty kill has also gotten stronger year-over-year, as they’ve gone from successfully defending 74.8 percent of all opponent power plays (ranked 30th overall last year) to 88.9 percent this year..

Averaging 31.8 saves per game with a .934 save percentage, Mikko Koskinen (4-0) has been the top option in goal for Edmonton this season. If it chooses to give him a rest, however, Edmonton may turn to Mike Smith (3-1), who has a .917 save percentage and 2.51 goals against average this year.

Winnipeg is 4-5 straight up (SU) and has lost 1.1 units for moneyline bettors this year. Through nine regular season matches, four of its games have gone over the total, while another four have gone under and just one has pushed. It’s 1-3 SU as the home team so far this year.

The Jets have killed off a remarkable 53.3 percent of all penalties, a few points lower than the 78.7 percent they posted a year ago (when they were ranked 24th overall). They’ve scored on 20.7 percent of their power plays this year after converting on 24.6 percent (ranked fourth in league) last season.

Connor Hellebuyck (30.3 saves per game) has been the primary selection in goal for the Jets. Hellebuyck has three wins and three losses and has recorded a .919 save percentage and 2.70 goals against average this year.

Edmonton Oilers at Winnipeg Jets Betting Predictions

Pick: SU Winner – Jets, O/U – Over

Betting Notes

  • The under has hit in three of Edmonton’s last five games.
  • Edmonton has managed 26.0 shot attempts per game over its last five road games while Winnipeg is averaging 33.5 shots per game over its last five at home.
  • Edmonton skaters created 26.7 hits per game last season, while the Jets logged 22.7 hits per matchup.