Edmonton Oilers 2019 NHL Predictions and Hockey Betting Odds

David Bastl | Updated Sep 28, 2019

Connor McDavid, Edmonton Oilers, 2019

Connor McDavid spent his entire off season recovering from a PCL tear in his left knee. All signs point to the superstar Centre being ready for opening night, but if this injury acts up, this team is in massive trouble.

The 2018-19 season was a massive disappointment for the Edmonton Oilers. They finished second-last in the Western conference and missed the playoffs for the 12th time in the last 13 years.

Head Coach Todd McLellan was fired in November, replaced by Ken Hitchcock, who closed out the season, but was let go at season’s end.

Enter Ken Holland, long time Detroit Red Wings Executive (various positions) and he hired the very notable Dave Tippett.

Tippett has a massive project ahead of him as this team has struggled badly defensively, allowing the fifth most goals against with 271. They also had the second-worst penalty-kill at 74.8 percent.

Tippett will also have to figure out how to generate much needed secondary scoring. Connor McDavid (116 points), Leon Draisaitl (105 points), and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (69 points) accounted for more than 50 percent of the teams goals (119). No other forward scored more than 38 points.

Speaking of McDavid, this entire off season he has been recovering from a PCL tear in his left knee. Now, all signs point to the superstar Centre being ready for opening night, but if this injury acts up during the regular season, this team is in massive trouble.

Edmonton Oilers Acquisitions and Moves

Holland wasn’t the busiest General Manger this off season, but he did do something that doesn’t happen often- a trade with provincial rival Calgary. The Oilers shipped the under-achieving Milan Lucic for the equally under-achieving James Neal. The Oilers hope Neal can regain that 30 goal touch he’s had in the past.

The team will also welcome veteran goaltender Mike Smith to the fold. The 37 year-old will compete with Mikko Koskinen for playing time in the Oilers net. Last season Cam Talbot held that spot, but the team opted to let him go via free agency. Talbot signed on with the Calgary Flames.

The team also added a trio of role players in free agents Riley Sheahan and Tomas Jurco, two players Holland has a good working knowledge from his time in Detroit. Also, forward Marcus Granlund leaves the Canucks for an opportunity with the Oil.

Prospect Jesse Puljujarvi requested a trade but the team was unable to grant him that request, so the young forward signed with Karpat of Liiga (Finnish first division).

 

Edmonton Oilers 2019 NHL Schedule

The Oilers will open up their season on a two-game home stand at Rogers Place on October 2 versus the Canucks.

Oilers fans will have to wait until Friday, December 27 for the first game against provincial rival Calgary. They will face the Flames four additional times in the 2020 portion of their schedule.

The Oilers will host the defending Stanley Cup champion St. Louis Blues on November 6. Two nights later it’s a match-up of the number one (McDavid) versus number two (Jack Eichel) of the 2015 NHL draft.

The team’s long road trip is five games, happening two different times of the season. First, between November 19 to November 27 and January 2 to January 11.

The longest home stand is a six-pack of games between March 20 to March 31.

Edmonton Oilers 2019 NHL Odds

Currently at Sports Interaction, the Oilers points total is slated at 85.5 with the slight lean to the over at -132. Can they win the Pacific division? Not likely. They are on the board they are listed as a longshot to win it at +1100.

2019/20 Pacific Division

Puckline
  • Vegas Golden Knights -167
  • Edmonton Oilers +200
  • Calgary Flames +600
  • Vancouver Canucks +1200
  • Arizona Coyotes +2500

The Oilers are also longshots to come out of the Western conference at +1700, and a completely different story to win the Stanley Cup at +2800.

2019/20 Western Conference

Puckline
  • Vegas Golden Knights -227
  • Dallas Stars +180

Edmonton Oilers 2019 Season Prediction

With Holland and Tippett in place, the Oilers appear to be headed in the right direction. But that direction might take some time and that time isn’t the 2019-20 season.

Secondary scoring is a must for this club and they simply don’t have it. Also goaltending is a massive question mark with Koskinen who struggled for the majority of the season after signing a contract and Smith who is clearly late on the back nine of his career.

Maybe the biggest reason this team will miss the playoffs once again, the opposition. The Flames, Golden Knights, and Sharks are all contenders for the Stanley Cup. Plus, the Canucks and Coyotes picked up key additions this off season.

Our prediction: Oilers finish just short of a Wildcard position in the Western conference.

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