This was supposed to be a meeting between two of the most dangerous offences in the NHL – but the Oilers haven’t lived up to their end of the bargain as they look to halt a lengthy goal-scoring slump Tuesday night in Washington. The Oilers come into this one averaging just two goals per game – second-worst in the entire league – and have just two wins in seven games as a result. But porous Pittsburgh might be the perfect tonic for Edmonton’s offensive drought.
Oilers vs. Penguins
Moneyline: Penguins -160
Date: Tuesday, October 24, 7 p.m. ET
PPG Paints Arena, Pittsburgh, Pa.
NHL Odds and Betting Analysis
Pittsburgh is comfortably favoured in a meeting between the two teams that came into the season with the strongest odds of reaching the Stanley Cup. The Penguins haven’t exactly looked like the two-time defending champions – especially last time out, when they were waxed 7-1 by the Tampa Bay Lightning. Pittsburgh is surrendering a league-worst 4.3 goals per game entering Tuesday, and two of their three losses have come by six or more goals.
Pittsburgh’s topsy-turvy season hasn’t swayed Sports Interaction bettors, who are siding with the home team by a 77-23 margin as of Monday night. And the majority is even stronger when it comes to the total of 6, with 100 percent of early bettors leaning toward the over. Given the Penguins’ defensive struggles, and both teams’ trove of scoring threats, it’s easy to see why. Pittsburgh has played to the over in seven of nine games so far this season.
The Oilers might be getting a significant boost Tuesday after star winger Leon Draisaitl returned to practice. Draisaitl has sat out four games with an eye injury and concussion symptoms; the Oilers have struggled mightily in his absence, scoring just seven goals over that span while scuffling to a 1-3-0 record. Edmonton has just one win in its last seven games against the Eastern Conference, and has played to the under in eight of 11 games vs. Metropolitan foes.
Teams just don’t beat the Penguins in Pittsburgh; the hosts have won 41 of their previous 54 games in their own arena, and are off to a 2-0-1 start this season. The Pittsburgh power play is as dangerous as ever, ranking first in the NHL with a 32.4-percent success rate; eight different Penguins players have scored at least one man-advantage goal, with three players (Sidney Crosby, Conor Sheary, Patric Hornqvist) converting multiple power-play tallies.
Oilers vs. Penguins Prediction
Penguins 5, Oilers 4