New Jersey is going to be eliminated from playoff contention very soon in the Eastern Conference, while Edmonton isn’t far behind in that regard in the West but still at least has a pulse.
The Oilers won’t have to deal with one of their former own as 2010 No. 1 overall pick Taylor Hall, last season’s Hart Trophy winner for New Jersey, has been shut down for the season (most likely) following knee surgery. Hall played in 33 games this year – but not since Dec. 23 — with 11 goals and 26 assists. The Devils acquired Hall from Edmonton in a trade in 2016.
Devils vs Oilers Betting Analysis
New Jersey goes for the season sweep, but the Oilers won’t visit Newark this season (not missing much). That’s because the clubs opened the year against one another on Oct. 6 in Sweden, and the Devils prevailed 5-2 behind two goals each from Kyle Palmieri and Travis Zajac. Miles Wood had two assists, and Keith Kinkaid made 17 saves – Kinkaid has since been traded. Milan Lucic and Leon Draisaitl scored for the Oilers, while Connor McDavid had two assists. Cam Talbot was in net.
The favorite is 6-1 in the past seven meetings.
New Jersey Devils
Second of a back-to-back for the Devils, who lost their seventh in a row Tuesday in Calgary, 9-4. Those were the most goals allowed this season by New Jersey, including surrendering six in the third period (which the Devils entered leading 4-3). Young netminder Mackenzie Blackwood has promise, but he allowed all nine on 39 shots. Surely the team would have pulled him before that if it didn’t play again 24 hours later. It’ll be Cory Schneider in net for this one.
Blake Coleman scored his 20th goal of the season in Tuesday’s loss and had an assist for his first multipoint game since Jan. 28. New Jersey is 3-9 in its past 12 in the second of a back-to-back.
The Oilers won for the fifth time in six games Monday – too little, too late? – 3-2 in overtime against the visiting New York Rangers. Edmonton blew a 2-0 first-period lead but won it on Draisaitl’s 42nd goal of the season at 0:35 of OT. He added two assists and was the No. 1 star. He has at least a point in 14 straight games, longest active streak in the league. McDavid (34th of season) and Matthew Benning (third) had the other goals.
Blueliner Oscar Klefbom blocked a shot with his leg in the first period and didn’t return. Mikko Koskinen made 28 saves to improve to 21-15-4 with a 2.73 GAA and a .913 save percentage. The Oilers have won their past four as a favourite.