Boston Bruins vs. Edmonton Oilers Prediction, NHL Odds

Edgar Chaput | Updated Feb 20, 2024

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Wednesday’s NHL schedule concludes with a mouth-watering late-night matchup as the Boston Bruins visit the Edmonton Oilers.

Boston
47-18-12-3
AT
February 21, 2024, 10:00 PM ET
Rogers Place
Edmonton
48-25-5-1
Puckline +1.5 -225
Moneyline +115
Over / Under o +6
Puckline -1.5 +180
Moneyline -135
Over / Under u +6

Given the quality of the sides, there is never a bad time for the Boston Bruins and Edmonton Oilers to go head-to-head. However, this match arrives at a precipitous moment in the calendar. Edmonton is on a ferocious climb in the Western Conference standings and returning from a road trip, with all the pratfalls that come with the infamous first game back at home.

As for the Bruins, they narrowly defeated the Dallas Stars on Monday, a win they desperately needed. They’ve fallen from first to second in the Atlantic Division and Monday’s success halted a four-game slide.

The Oilers are favoured in this one, with the NHL odds pegging them at -145 on the moneyline.

Bruins vs. Oilers NHL Betting Odds

It’s unfortunate that two clubs such as these play each only so often. On the flip side, that makes their two matches per campaign all the more special. The past three meetings and four of the last five were decided by a single goal. Of note, the road team has won six in a row. The last time the Oilers defended home ice versus the Bruins was in 2018, a vastly different era of Oilers hockey.

Wednesday’s game will be a true test of character for the Bruins. Their strong ranking in the East is despite not playing very good hockey since returning from the All-Star break. TD Garden hasn’t been the fortress it was for much of the season. Seven games and a 2-5 record. That hasn’t helped with the puckline, as Boston sits at 28-28 and has been 1-6 since the break.

The Oilers have cooled off slightly since returning to action, although 4-3 is by no means a poor record and some of those losses were against bitter rivals who know them well (Kings, Golden Knights). To be fair, 27-25 ATS is not exactly an extraordinary performance, although they’ve covered three of the four most recent opportunities.

This is an excellent matchup between the Oilers’ fifth-ranked attack (3.56 goals) and the Bruins’ third-best defence (2.64 goals). For that matter, Connor McDavid (83 points) and David Pastrnak (80 points) are third and fourth in points league-wide, respectively.

Boston Bruins

The extensive February home stand was supposed to keep Boston atop the Atlantic Division if not outright extend the lead over the Florida Panthers. Instead, the latter is playing sensational hockey, Boston went 2-5 in seven matches and is now in second place.

It could have been 1-6 were it not for a valiant effort versus a tough Stars squad on Monday afternoon. Jesper Boqvist (second) opened the scoring for the hosts by making good on slick skating and passing for a goal in close. Boston would stutter afterwards, allowing Dallas to claim a 2-1 second-period lead before Justin Brazeau, playing his first NHL game, levelled the terms. Things looked dire down 3-2, but David Pastrnak (35th) sent the game to overtime very late. Boston claimed the spoils in a shootout, 4-3.

Edmonton Oilers

Geographically speaking, Monday’s game versus the Coyotes was in Arizona. That said, someone watching on TV would have been fooled given the rapturous cheers and applause every time Edmonton scored in its 6-3 victory.

It was a sea of Oilers colours at Mullett Arena. Leon Draisaitl (27th) made the fans feel at home with a first-period goal, as did Mattias Janmark (second) to make it 2-1. From that point, the Coyotes reclaimed what was supposedly home-ice advantage with two scores in the middle frame for a 3-2 lead. But the third period proved disastrous for them and blissful for the Oilers, who netted four times through Evander Kane (20th and 21st), Zach Hyman (33rd), and a Warren Foegele (11th) empty netter.

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