Washington Capitals vs. Edmonton Oilers Prediction, NHL Odds

Liam Gilks | Updated Dec 05, 2022

The Washington Capitals’ six-game road trip stops in Edmonton for a star-studded date with the Oilers.

Washington
27-20-4-2
AT
December 05, 2022, 8:30 PM ET
Rogers Place
Edmonton
28-18-3-1
Puckline +1.5 -172
Moneyline +141
Over / Under o +6.5

22%

Betting Action

78%

Puckline -1.5 +144
Moneyline -170
Over / Under u +6.5

22%

Betting Action

78%

This will be the second and final meeting of the season between these squads and the Caps will be looking to shake a two-game skid and sweep the season series versus the Oilers.

Edmonton’s superstars have carried the team to four wins in their past five games, putting them back in the playoff picture in the Western Conference.

The Oilers will be a -159 favourite to win on the NHL odds with the total set at 6.5. Puck Drop from Rogers Place is scheduled for 8:30 p.m. ET.

Capitals vs. Oilers NHL Betting Odds

The Capitals took the last head-to-head between these teams back in November, with a 5-4 win on home ice. Washington’s Evgeni Kuznetsov finished the game with four points (2G, 2A) and Ryan Strome had three (2G, 1A). The Oilers made it close with four goals in the final half of the game, with tallies by Connor McDavid, Leon Draisaitl and two from Ryan Nugent-Hopkins. Backup netminder Charlie Lindgren stopped 25 shots for Washington, picking up his second win of the season. Lindgren is 0-3-0 since then.

Washington’s 5-2 loss on Saturday night played the Over, breaking a streak of six straight games that went to the Under, making their record 10-15-1 on the total. They have been held to two goals or less in five of their past 10 games as the offence continues to struggle, averaging just 2.7 goals a game (29th in NHL). They are an even 13-13 ATS so far this season with just four covers in their past 10 games.

Edmonton has played the Over in each of their past five games. Their deadly offence is averaging the sixth-highest goals per game in the league (3.5). Pair that offence with terrible defensive play that is giving up the sixth-most goals per game (3.6) and that has put them 14-8-3 on the Over/Under this season. The Oilers have a chance to even their 12-13 record ATS after covering in their last game Saturday night.

Washington Capitals

Washington’s back-to-back losses have dropped them to sixth place in the Metropolitan Division, five points back of the final wild-card spot and potentially keeping them out of the postseason for the first time since the 2013-14 season.

The Caps found themselves down 1-0 late in the first period versus the Calgary Flames before Conor Sheary tied it with a power play marker with less than a minute to go in the frame. The Flames scored again in the opening minutes of the second to regain the lead. At about the midway mark of the middle frame, goalie Darcy Kuemper took a bump to the head and left the game for evaluation, handing the net to backup Charlie Lindgren. Calgary then increased their lead to 4-1 but John Carlson’s eighth goal of the season cut the deficit in half before the Flames added another in the empty net.

Already down six players with injuries, Washington potentially lost two more, including Kuemper and defenceman Martin Fehevary who was smoked by Milan Lucic.

Edmonton Oilers

Connor McDavid (2G, 2A) and Leon Draisaitl (1G, 3A) both had four points in the Oilers’ 5-3 win over the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday, picking up their fourth win in their past five games. Darnell Nurse and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins also scored in the game and goalie Stuart Skinner stopped 30 shots, including all 12 in the third period to secure the victory.

McDavid (5G, 7A) and Draisaitl (6G, 5A) are both riding five-game point streaks and are still No. 1 and No. 2 in NHL scoring with 47 and 42 points respectively.

Although Jack Campbell is the goalie making the big money, it seems as though his 4.12 goals-against average has lost him the starting job in favour of the younger Skinner. They have both appeared in 13 games this season and have near-identical records, but Campbell is making headlines for all the wrong reasons.

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