Oilers vs. Stars Prediction: NHL Betting Odds

Jeremy Perry | Updated Dec 02, 2018

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The Edmonton Oilers have found their stride under head coach Ken Hitchcock. Now they will take the show on the road as they look to extend their three-game win streak against Hitchcock’s former team.

Edmonton
35-38-6-3
AT
December 03, 2018, 8:30 PM ET
American Airlines Center
Dallas
43-32-5-2
Puckline +1.5 -245
Moneyline +110
Over / Under o +5.5

62%

Betting Action

38%

Puckline -1.5 +200
Moneyline -130
Over / Under u +5.5

62%

Betting Action

38%

The Oilers will visit the Dallas Stars on Monday night. Edmonton has won three in a row, allowing two goals or fewer in each of those victories. Meanwhile, Dallas hasn’t lost since a 1-0 overtime defeat at the hands of the Oilers last Tuesday. The Stars are coming off back-to-back wins over the Calgary Flames and Vancouver Canucks and will try to capitalize on home ice advantage with home games versus Edmonton and the San Jose Sharks. Will the Hitchcock-led Oilers continue to roll against his former team? Or will Dallas avenge last week’s loss and figure out how to extend its own win streak? Here is a closer look at the matchup.

Oilers vs Stars Betting Analysis

For as good as Edmonton has been this season, they have really struggled on the puck line. The Oilers own a 10-16 puck line record this season, including a 4-10 PL record on the road. Each of Edmonton’s last four wins has come by a single goal margin. The Oilers wouldn’t at all mind that trend continuing on Monday if it means they pick up two points.

Meanwhile, the Stars have an excellent puck line record this season at 17-10. Dallas is 8-4 on the puck line in home games. The Stars are 5-3-1 over their last nine games. Dallas is 8-3-1 on home ice this year, which is something they will try to build on against Edmonton.

Edmonton Oilers

Oscar Klefbom scored the lone goal in last week’s 1-0 win over the Stars. While Edmonton’s goal scoring numbers are down under Hitchcock, so is its goals allowed total. A big part of that turnaround has been Hitchcock’s system. Equally important has been the play of goaltender Mikko Koskinen, who has won three straight starts while allowing a total of just three goals. Koskinen has usurped Cam Talbot as the starting netminder for the Oilers. Koskinen turned away all 28 shots he faced in last week’s win over the Stars, so it won’t be a surprise if he gets the start again on Monday night.

Connor McDavid, Leon Draisaitl and company have bought in to Hitchcock’s coaching style. As long as Koskinen continues to play well, McDavid and Draisaitl won’t have to put up big scoring numbers every single night in order to win games.

Dallas Stars

The Stars have found ways to win games despite struggling to score of late. Jamie Benn has led the way with two goals and four points. Tyler Seguin has a goal and three points. Dallas has certainly benefited from the return of netminder Ben Bishop, who stopped 24 of the 25 shots he faced in a 2-1 win over the Vancouver Canucks on Saturday. Bishop was excellent before he got hurt so if he can pick up from where he left off it will really help the Stars the rest of the way.

In order to play to their potential, Dallas needs to figure things out on the powerplay. The Stars are loaded with firepower up front so their best players need to find a way to get the job done with the man advantage. It might not happen against the Oilers based on how they are playing right now. Edmonton has hit its stride under Hitchcock, and the Oilers will be motivated to help him earn a win against his former team on Monday night.

Oilers vs. Stars Prediction

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