The Edmonton Oilers (14-15-1) travel to face off against the New York Rangers (22-7-1) on Friday, December 22nd. This game will be played at Madison Square Garden in New York. Both team’s come into this one having won their previous games. Puck drop is set for 7:30 ET.
Edmonton Oilers vs New York Rangers
The Edmonton Oilers Are Coming Off A Win
So far this season, the Oilers have an overall record of 14-15-1. On the road, Edmonton is 5-9-0 and 9-6-1 at home. At the moment, they hold the 6th spot in the Western Pacific division and are ranked 13th in the Western conference. Edmonton heads into the game with 11 wins by more than one goal, and lost 12 games by multiple goals. Their overall puck line record this season is 11-19.
The Oilers are coming off a 6-3 road win over the Devils. After scoring two goals in the first period, the Oilers found the net four times in the 3rd period against the Devils. In the game, Edmonton managed to score all six goals at even strength. They concluded with 38 shots on goal and committed 4 turnovers.
Going into the game, Edmonton was the underdog, giving them a win vs. the puck line. With a combined total of 9 goals, the teams exceeded the over/under line of 7 goals set for the game.
The New York Rangers Are Coming Off A Win
This season, the Rangers have a mark of 22-7-1. When going on the road, New York has a record of 12-4-1 record, while they are 10-3-0 at their home arena. In the Eastern Metropolitan division, they are currently 1st, and in the Eastern conference, they come into the game sitting 1st. New York’s average scoring margin this season is +.6, leading to an overall puck line record of 15-15. At their home arena, they have a scoring margin of +.7, while on the road, it is +.6.
The Rangers recently played against the Maple Leafs and secured a win with a score of 5-2. The first period saw the Rangers being held without a goal, but they turned things around offensively by scoring two times in the second period and three goals in the third. New York’s two power-play goals contributed to their total of 5 goals. Their offensive performance came with 36 shots on goal and seven giveaways.
Coming into the game favored by -1.5, New York also managed to pick up a victory against the puck line. The teams surpassed the over/under line, which was set at 6.5 goals, with a combined total of 7 goals.
Edmonton Offense Breakdown
For their offensive performance, the Oilers come in averaging 3.4 goals per game this season, which is 13th in the NHL. In the category of shots on goal per game, they are 8th in the league. Edmonton’s offense is currently ranked 8th in power play goals. When it comes to shorthanded goals, they are 11th in the league.
The Oilers’ over/under record this season is 15-12-3. For the season, they have had 18 games that surpassed this game’s over/under line of 6.5. Overall, their games are averaging6.9 goals per game.
New York Offense Breakdown
The Rangers come into the game scoring an average of 3.3 goals per game, putting them 16th in the NHL. Regarding shots targeted at the goal per game, they are 26th in the league. Looking at how the Rangers’ offense is performing during power plays, they are 4th in power play goals and 22nd in shorthanded goals.
The Rangers’ over/under record this season is 13-15-2. For the season, they have had 17 games failing to surpass this game’s over/under line of 6.5. Overall, their games are averaging 6.1 goals per game.
Edmonton Team Defense
Defensively, the Oilers are currently 30th in goals allowed. On average, opponents are taking 28 shots per game against Edmonton. They also are 25th in shutouts, coming in with 1 shutouts.
New York Team Defense
In terms of defense, the Rangers head into the game ranked 26th in goals allowed. On average, opponents are taking 29.6 shots per game against New York. So far, they are 14th in shutouts, achieving 2 shutouts.
Oilers vs Rangers Trends
- In their last ten games away from home, the Oilers have a straight up record of 4-6 while going 4-6 vs the spread. The team’s offense averaged 3 goals per game in these contests.
- In their last five games at home, the Rangers have a straight up record of 3-2 while going 2-3 vs the spread. The team averaged 2 goals per game in this stretch.
- New York has done well both straight up and vs the puck line when favored to win the game, going 4-1 SU and 4-1 puck line in their last five games.
- Looking back on the team’s last three games as the favorite, the Oilers have a straight up record of 0-3. Their record vs the puck line in these games was 0-3.
When making a moneyline pick, my choice is the Rangers to come out with a win against the Oilers while playing at home. Considering the moneyline odds at -148, I’m placing my bet on the Rangers to win outright.
For my recommended choice in the puck line, I’m leaning towards the Oilers to cover. Even if the Rangers secure a straight-up win, this game is expected to be tightly contested, and the Oilers should cover the puck line.
If you’re looking at the over/under line set at 6.5 goals, our prediction is that this game will exceed that mark, and we strongly advise placing a bet on the over.
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