Edmonton Oilers Travel to Raleigh to Face the Hurricanes
The Edmonton Oilers will travel to PNC Arena on Sunday afternoon to take on the Carolina Hurricanes in a non-conference matchup here. This will be the second and final regular-season game between these teams as Carolina picked up a 3-1 road victory so far.
The Oilers are third in the Pacific Division (28-19-3, 59 points) this season, while the Hurricanes are leading the Metropolitan Division (35-11-4, 74 points) so far.
With the likes of centers Leon Draisaitl, Connor McDavid, and Sebastian Aho leading the offensive charge, this should be a competitive matchup for these teams.
Centers of the Game
One thing Edmonton has is scoring, as they are averaging 3.30 goals on 33.8 shots per game this year. A big reason is the ability of center Connor McDavid as he is second in the NHL in points and assists as he has 71 points (26 goals, 45 assists) and has scored multiple points in three of the previous four games.
The Oilers are currently second in all of hockey with a 26.9 power play percentage, so their dominant offensive output has to carry the team here.
Starting goalie Mikko Koskinen has been struggling inside of the net for the Oilers this season as he is currently 17-8-2 with 3.13 goals allowed with a .899 save percentage.
As a team, Edmonton is allowing 3.22 goals on 31.6 shots per game, so they need to step up defensively. 77.1 percent of all penalties are ending up in goals for their opponents, which is 21st in the nation, so they need to work on being a better defensive team if they want to be competitive here.
Ahoy Aho Hurricanes Dominant Offense
The Hurricanes have been a dominant offensive franchise this season as they are averaging 3.50 goals on 33 shots per game right now. Center Sebastian Aho has been leading Carolina as he is tied for 14th in the NHL with 53 points (22 goals, 31 assists) and has recorded five points in his previous four games.
Carolina is tied for seventh in the league with a 25 power play percentage, so they are also taking advantage when they have the man advantage.
Carolina’s starting goalie Frederik Andersen has been playing extremely well inside of the net as he is 27-7-2 with a .927 save percentage while giving up just 2.12 goals per game.
The Hurricanes as a whole are allowing just 2.42 goals on 28.9 shot attempts per game, so they have been doing extremely well.
Their 89.8 penalty kill percentage is leading all of hockey, so they need to continue dominating against solid offensives teams if they want to win these tough matchups.
These teams are both playing at a high level on the offensive side, but the other aspect is their defense. Carolina is one of the best defensive teams in the entire sport, as we already highlighted, so this should be a great matchup for them.
The issue seems to be with Edmonton’s defense, as they are allowing 3.22 goals per game. The Oilers are a shockingly low 22-29 Against The Spread so go with the Carolina Hurricanes to cover the puck line at home.
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