Edmonton Oilers vs. Pittsburgh Penguins Prediction, NHL Odds

Jordan Ramsay | Updated Apr 26, 2022

The Edmonton Oilers are headed to Pittsburgh on Tuesday as they look to lock up home ice advantage in the first round of the playoffs.

Edmonton
49-27-5-1
AT
April 26, 2022, 7:00 PM ET
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Pittsburgh
46-25-4-7
Puckline +1.5 -213
Moneyline +108
Over / Under o +6.5

61%

Betting Action

39%

Puckline -1.5 +177
Moneyline -130
Over / Under u +6.5

61%

Betting Action

39%

Two playoff-bound teams will meet in Pittsburgh on Tuesday night with the Penguins set to host the Edmonton Oilers as both teams look to improve their postseason positioning.  Pittsburgh was last in action on Sunday, dropping a 4-1 decision to cross-state rival Philadelphia.  The Oilers were also in action on Sunday, falling 5-2 to Columbus.

The Penguins are -150 favourites to win on the NHL odds, with a total of 6.5.

Oilers vs. Penguins NHL Betting Odds

Edmonton came away with a 5-2 home victory in the only other meeting between these teams this season.  Zach Hyman led the way for the Oilers with two first period goals.  Pittsburgh has had the most success over the last few years, however, winning seven of the last nine head-to-head matchups.

Edmonton’s loss on Sunday was a rare blip on the radar as the team has won 10 of their last 13 games.  They’re 38-41 against the spread for the season, including 19-21 ATS on the road.  The total has gone Under in six of the last nine Oilers’ games overall and four of their last five on the road.

Pittsburgh is also having a strong end to the regular season, picking up wins in seven of their last 10 home games.  They’re 39-41 ATS, covering in 16 of 39 home dates.  The total has gone Under in five of the Penguins’ last seven games against Western Conference opponents.

Edmonton Oilers

Despite already having a playoff spot locked down, there is still something for the Oilers to play for as they have a chance to clinch second place in the Pacific Division and home ice advantage in the first round of the playoffs.  Edmonton had a disastrous end to the game on Sunday, giving up four goals in the third period to snap a four-game win streak.  Evander Kane and Leon Draisaitl scored for the Oilers, while Connor McDavid picked up two helpers.

McDavid continues to lead the NHL in points and is well on his way to a fourth career Art Ross Trophy, with his 118 points (43G, 75A) three more than Florida’s Jonathan Huberdeau, who is second.  Draisaitl is fourth in NHL scoring with 108 points and his 55 goals is second only to Toronto’s Auston Matthews, who sits at 58.  Kane has been a big pickup for Edmonton this year, scoring 21 goals in 40 games.  He also has five goals and three assists across a five-game point streak.

The biggest area of concern for the Oilers is the goaltending situation.  Mikko Koskinen allowed four goals on 30 shots against Columbus and has generally struggled this season, although with a back-to-back to close the season on Thursday and Friday, he’ll likely pick up at least one more start.  Mike Smith has been the better goalie, but at 40-years-old, it’s tough to say if he can handle a long playoff run.  Smith has a 15-9-2 record this season with a 2.88 goals-against average and .913 save percentage.  Koskinen is 25-21-4 with a 3.12 GAA and .901 SV.

Pittsburgh Penguins

Pittsburgh desperately wants two points in this game as they are in a tight race with Washington for third place in the Metropolitan Division, which would keep them out of a wild card spot.  The way the standings sit now, the Pens would play the Rangers if they stay third in the Metro, while they would be forced to play the league-leading Panthers if they drop to a wild card spot.  Sidney Crosby scored the lone goal for the Pens on Sunday, while Louis Domingue made 39 saves.  Crosby is having a low-key big season for Pittsburgh.  The longtime captain leads the team with 84 points (31G, 53A) in 67 games, his highest point total since 2018-19.

The Penguins are another team concerned about their goalie situation.  Starter Tristan Jarry has been out since sustaining a foot injury on April 14 and is listed as week-to-week.  Casey DeSmith has assumed the starter’s role in Jarry’s absence, with Domingue mostly backing him up.  Sunday’s loss was just Domingue’s second start of the season, so it should be DeSmith on Tuesday.  DeSmith was last in action on Saturday, making 23 saves in a 7-2 win over Detroit.  The veteran backup is 10-5-5 this year, with a 2.72 GAA and .915 SV.

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