Penguins vs. Oilers Prediction: NHL Betting Odds

Jeremy Perry | Updated Oct 23, 2018

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The Edmonton Oilers have struggled with consistency to open the 2018-19 NHL season. Their schedule is about to get a lot tougher this week beginning with a date against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Pittsburgh
44-26-9-3
AT
October 23, 2018, 9:00 PM ET
Rogers Place
Edmonton
35-38-6-3
Puckline -1.5 +225
Moneyline -120
Over / Under o +6

63%

Betting Action

37%

Puckline +1.5 -275
Moneyline +100
Over / Under u +6

63%

Betting Action

37%

Edmonton will host Pittsburgh and the Washington Capitals before heading on the road to face the Nashville Predators on Saturday night. The Oilers need to find a way to earn key points on home ice against some of the tougher opponents on their schedule so this will definitely be a good test. Can Edmonton upset the Penguins as a home underdog on Tuesday night? Here is a closer look at the matchup.

Penguins vs Oilers Betting Analysis

Pittsburgh has earned at least a point in four straight games dating back to October 11th. The Penguins are coming off an impressive 3-0 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs to improve to 1-0-1 on the road. Pittsburgh is 3-1-2 straight up and 2-4 on the puck line so far this season.

Edmonton followed up a pair of impressive wins over the Winnipeg Jets and Boston Bruins with a 3-0 shutout loss at the hands of the Nashville Predators. The Oilers are 2-4 on the puck line so far this season. Edmonton certainly needs to be better on home ice this season after posting a 19-18-4 record at Rogers Place a year ago.

Pittsburgh Penguins

The Penguins need Matt Murray to be solid in between the pipes if they are going to contend for a Stanley Cup this season. After a brutal start to the year, Murray stopped all 38 shots he faced in a 3-0 win over the Maple Leafs in his last start. With five days off between games, Murray should be rested and focused when he takes the ice on Tuesday night against the Oilers.

Pittsburgh is still waiting for its captain to get going as Sidney Crosby has just five assists and is still looking for its first win of the season. Evgeni Malkin and Phil Kessel have carried the offensive load early on and it’s only a matter of time before Crosby gets going. Edmonton will be in tough to slow down the Penguins’ 1-2 punch on Tuesday night.

Edmonton Oilers

The Oilers continue to lean heavily on their 1-2 punch in Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl. McDavid has started the season on fire with four goals and 11 points. Draisaitl has started the year with six points but Edmonton still needs more from him at both ends of the ice. Secondary scoring has been a major issue for the Oilers since McDavid arrived and it could be a problem for the team again this season.

The good news for Edmonton is that Cam Talbot has had a better start to this season than last with a 2.69 goals-against average and a .906 save percentage while starting every single game so far. Talbot will likely be back between the pipes for the Oilers on Tuesday night. Talbot will be in tough against a rested Penguins side that has the potential to score goals in bunches. If the offence stalls, Edmonton will likely end up on the wrong side of a lopsided result in this matchup.

Penguins vs. Oilers Prediction

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