Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Edmonton Oilers Prediction, NHL Odds

Jordan Ramsay | Updated Dec 01, 2021

The Edmonton Oilers have a chance to retake the Pacific Division lead when they host the Pittsburgh Penguins Wednesday night.

Pittsburgh
23-10-1-4
AT
December 01, 2021, 10:00 PM ET
Rogers Place
Edmonton
18-15-2
Puckline +1.5 -200
Moneyline +116
Over / Under o +6

25%

Betting Action

75%

Puckline -1.5 +166
Moneyline -140
Over / Under u +6

25%

Betting Action

75%

Future Canadian olympic teammates will go head-to-head Wednesday night in Edmonton when Connor McDavid‘s Oilers host Sidney Crosby‘s Pittsburgh Penguins.

The Oilers are -135 favourites to win on the NHL odds, with a total of 6.0.

Penguins vs. Oilers NHL Betting Odds

These teams haven’t played each other since December 2019, but Pittsburgh has dominated the head-to-head series over the last few years, winning eight of the last 10 games.  The Sports Interaction crowd doesn’t see that continuing as about 86 per cent of bettors are backing Edmonton for this one.  The Over is seeing a 66 per cent majority of bets.

The Penguins have been a better road team this year, going 5-2-3 outside of Pittsburgh compared to 5-5-2 at home.  They’re 10-12 against the spread overall, covering in six of 10 road games.  The total has gone Under in five of Pittsburgh’s last six games.

Edmonton has cruised at home this season, winning eight of nine games at Rogers Place.  They’re 10-10 ATS and have covered in four of 10 home contests.  The total has gone Under in five of the Oilers’ last seven games.

Pittsburgh Penguins

The Penguins dropped their second straight game on Monday, but they were able to salvage a point in the 2-1 shootout loss against Calgary.  Jake Guentzel had the lone Pittsburgh goal, while Tristian Jarry stopped 31 of 32 shots in regulation and overtime and five of seven shots in the shootout.  Guentzel leads the team with 19 points (9G, 10A) in 21 games.  Jarry has been solid in net for the Pens this season, posting a 10-4-4 record.  Among NHL goalies with at least three starts this year, Jarry ranks seventh in goals-against average (1.85), fifth in save percentage (.938) and second in shutouts (3).  He is expected to get the start in Edmonton.

Special teams will be a key battle in this game.  Pittsburgh has the league’s best penalty kill percentage at 90.9, but they’ll be facing the Oilers’ league-best power-play unit, which is converting on 37.7 per cent of their chances.  Evgeni Malkin remains out of the lineup following off-season knee surgery, although he has reportedly begun practicing with the team.  Bryan Rust will also miss this game after being placed on injured reserve with a lower-body injury.

Edmonton Oilers

Edmonton is looking for their third straight win after downing Arizona and Vegas on the road this past weekend.  They’ve been off since their 3-2 win against the Golden Knights on Saturday.  Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Zach Hyman and Jesse Puljujarvi had the goals, while Mikko Koskinen stopped 36 of 38 shots faced.  It was the first time this season that Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl were both held off the scoresheet in the same game.  Draisaitl leads the NHL in points (40) and goals (20).  McDavid is third in the points race (36) and leads the league in assists (22).

One concern for the Oilers in this matchup is the injury and COVID problems they’ve been going through, particularly on the back-end.  Defenceman Duncan Keith was placed on injured reserve on Tuesday with an upper-body injury, joining fellow defender Darnell Nurse (broken finger) and goalie Mike Smith (lower-body).  Another defenceman, Cody Ceci, was placed in COVID protocols and Edmonton was forced to cancel their practice on Tuesday.

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