The Edmonton-Boston season series will be over quickly as after Thursday’s game the Oilers host the Bruins on Oct. 18 in the home opener. Last year, these teams split.
Oilers vs. Bruins Betting Analysis
In Boston, the Oilers prevailed 4-2. Ryan Strome scored the go-ahead goal at 2:07 of the third. Patrick Maroon, Adam Larsson and Leon Draisaitl (empty net) also scored, while Cam Talbot stopped 23 shots. Boston netminder Tuukka Rask stopped 32.
That was Edmonton’s sixth straight win the series after losing the previous 13. Alas, that winning run ended back home in February when the Bruins won 3-2. Edmonton led 2-0 entering the third on goals from Strome and Jujhar Khaira. David Krejci netted the go-ahead goal at 18:56 of the third for Boston. It was Anton Khudobin (now with Dallas) in net for the B’s. Talbot had 42 saves.
Talbot is 5-2-0 career vs. the Bruins with a 2.72 goals-against average and .922 save percentage. Rask is 4-3-2 career vs. Edmonton with a 2.83 GAA and .898 SV.
Edmonton is 3-9-1 in its past 13 games in Boston.
The Oilers have played just the one game because they opened the year in Sweden against the New Jersey Devils on Saturday and lost 5-2. Milan Lucic tied it at 1-1 on the power play at 4:01 of the first (a good sign with how much Lucic struggled in 2017-18) but then the Devils scored the next three. Draisaitl added a goal in the third. Connor McDavid was the No. 3 star with two assists. It was only the second time in NHL history that the last two Hart Trophy winners faced each other in a season-opening game as it was the Devils’ Taylor Hall and McDavid.
Talbot allowed four goals on 26 shots. Defenceman Evan Bouchard, just 18, made his NHL debut for Edmonton. The 2018 No. 10 overall pick from Oakville, Ontario, had two hits in 13:57 of ice time. Edmonton is 1-4 in its past five after a loss of three or more goals.
Since being embarrassed 7-0 in their season opener last Wednesday at Washington, the Bruins have scored 10 goals in back-to-back wins. It was 6-3 over visiting Ottawa on Monday afternoon in the home opener as Patrice Bergeron, who missed most of training camp with a back injury, was the No. 1 star with a hat trick and assist. It was Bergeron’s fourth career hat trick.
David Pastrnak had two goals and two assists, Charlie McAvoy three assists and Brad Marchand three assists – he already has seven helpers. Rask made 28 saves after being yanked from the opener vs. the Capitals and sitting out the second game. Boston is 23-8 in its past 13 home games.
Oilers vs. Bruins Prediction