Oilers vs. Wild Prediction: NHL Betting Odds

Jeremy Perry | Updated Feb 06, 2019

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The Edmonton Oilers have exited the All-Star break pretty much the same way they entered it: as a complete disaster.

Edmonton
35-38-6-3
AT
February 07, 2019, 8:00 PM ET
Xcel Energy Center
Minnesota
37-36-5-4
Puckline +1.5 -170
Moneyline +140
Over / Under o +5.5

62%

Betting Action

63%

Puckline -1.5 +145
Moneyline -165
Over / Under u +5.5

62%

Betting Action

63%

They have lost three straight – albeit two in overtime – and have now dropped seven in a row. On Thursday, they’ll face a Minnesota Wild team that’s also sinking as they’ve lost three straight. Who is the best bet in this matchup of two struggling sides?

Oilers vs Wild Betting Analysis

The Oilers won each of the first two meetings between these teams on home ice. However, Edmonton has been a better team at home than on the road so far this season. The Oilers are 11-11-4 as the visiting team. The Oilers are 5-16 in its their last 21 games as the underdog. They’ve also dropped five of their last six against losing teams.

The Wild own a 13-9-4 record on home ice this season. They enter this matchup with a 13-6 record in their last 19 games as a favorite of -151 odds to -200 odds, so that’s pretty reliable. They’ve lost five of their last seven against teams with a losing record, though, costing bettors 6.4 units in that span.

Edmonton Oilers

Things went from bad to worse for Edmonton in Tuesday night’s loss to the Chicago Blackhawks. The Oilers gave up five goals in the third period to lose 6-2 on home ice to yet another team that is currently below them in the Western Conference standings. It was another rough performance from Cam Talbot, who is expected to get the nod for a second game in a row. The only good news here is that he has a 3.02 GAA and .902 save percentage on the road, which is better than his 3.77 and .880 numbers at home.

Up front, Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl continue to do everything they can to carry the Oilers but it hasn’t been enough. Edmonton simply does not have the depth to get the job done. The team-wide effort is also really inconsistent as it’s hard to tell who cares anymore.

Minnesota Wild

The Wild will also need to be more consistent the rest of the way if they are going to challenge for a playoff spot. Devan Dubnyk has been steady in goal, producing a 2.40 goals-against average and a .917 save percentage over the past month. The issue is that he throws in a bad outing here and there. He has a save percentage of .909 or better in five of his last eight and in the other three games, it’s .897 or worse.

Minnesota only scores 2.81 goals per game (25th), so they don’t have a huge margin of error. They were down to just 2.58 (26th) in January and 2.67 so far this month. They need more from guys like Charlie Coyle and Mikael Granlund, Eric Staal and Zach Parise.

This is not the type of team you want to lay -200 with but the Oilers are just such a mess right now that they can’t be trusted.

Oilers vs. Wild Prediction

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