Stars vs. Oilers Prediction: NHL Betting Odds

Frank Doyle | Updated Nov 27, 2018

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Ken Hitchcock will be behind the bench for his first home game with the Edmonton Oilers as they host the Dallas Stars on Tuesday.

Dallas
43-32-5-2
AT
November 27, 2018, 9:00 PM ET
Rogers Place
Edmonton
35-38-6-3
Puckline +1.5 -200
Moneyline +130
Over / Under o +6

42%

Betting Action

58%

Puckline -1.5 +165
Moneyline -150
Over / Under u +6

42%

Betting Action

58%

Ken Hitchcock must be realizing how much work he has in front of him with the Edmonton Oilers. The Oilers picked up an overtime win in his first game behind the bench in San Jose to kick off a three-game road trip, but they then lost at Anaheim in overtime before getting spanked by the Kings in L.A.  Now Edmonton hosts a Dallas Stars team that has issues of its own with just one win in the last four games.

Stars vs Oilers Betting Analysis

Dallas has a great puckline record at 15-9, but the Stars also fall flat in games they should win, which is why they’ve lost 1.4 units for their betting supporters. Edmonton, on the other hand, has had a tough time covering pucklines all year. The Oilers are 9-14 on the puckline, down almost two units for their bettors. Edmonton opened as a -135 favourite, but the early betting support is on the Stars for this one.

Dallas Stars

Despite missing four regulars from the blue line, it’s defence that the Stars are hanging their hat on these days. Dallas allows just 2.8 goals per game (good for sixth overall). With all the injuries, 19-year-old rookie Miro Heiskanen has been pushed up the depth chart and he hasn’t looked at all out of place. Heiskanen plays well over 20 minutes per game and plays in all situations for the Stars. He has four goals and six assists and could be a superstar in the making. The Stars are also looking for more from their offence, averaging less than three goals per game.

Edmonton Oilers

Hitchcock has made it clear already that he’s going to give captain Connor McDavid all the ice time he can handle. McDavid is being double-shifted consistently, anchoring the top line with Leon Draisaitl, while also giving the fourth line a boost. He’s played at least 23 minutes with five points in the three games since Hitchcock took over as head coach. Of course, the Oilers are still looking for somebody to stick with McDavid and Draisaitl. They hoped Ryan Spooner might work after he came over from the Rangers, but the new acquisition hasn’t made an impression yet.

Meanwhile, problems persist in Edmonton’s own end. The Oilers’ are struggling to get consistent goaltending and defensive zone coverage. They rank 23rd in goals against per game (3.3) and 28th in penalty kill (75 percent).

Stars vs. Oilers Prediction

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