Minnesota Wild vs. Edmonton Oilers: NHL Odds, Prediction

Jeremy Perry | Updated Mar 10, 2018

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The Oilers have actually played decent hockey of late, winning two straight and five of their last eight. The challenge is that four of those five wins were in overtime and none were against playoff teams.

Minnesota
45-26-8-3
AT
March 10, 2018, 10:00 PM ET
Rogers Place
Edmonton
36-40-5-1
Puckline -1.5 +220
Moneyline -120
Over / Under o +6

52%

Betting Action

48%

Puckline +1.5 -270
Moneyline +100
Over / Under u +6

52%

Betting Action

48%

The Edmonton Oilers have won two straight, surviving both the Arizona Coyotes and New York Islanders in extra time to piece together a small winning streak. They’ll try to keep it going against a much tougher opponent on Saturday when they host the Minnesota Wild.

Wild vs Oilers Betting Analysis

Edmonton is coming off back-to-back wins over the Arizona Coyotes and New York Islanders to improve to 5-3-0 over its last seven games. The issue is that Edmonton is only 15-17-2 on home ice this season. They are 5-5 in their last 10 at home. The Wild have won seven of their last nine games entering Friday night but owned a 14-17-1 road record this season. They have won four of their last six away games, though.

Minnesota Wild

While the Oilers have been somewhat OK of late, the Wild have played well. Entering their Friday night game in Vancouver, the Wild had won seven of nine. The key number for them is the three-goal mark as they have scored three goals or more in each of its last 15 wins dating back to January 13th. They are 1-7 in their last eight when scoring two or less. Eric Staal has led the way up front with 13 points in his last seven games. Jason Zucker and Mikael Granlund have produced 11 points each over the same span. If the Wild can continue to score goals at such a high rate, they will be difficult to stop.

The goaltending will need to be at its best as the Wild play their second game in as many nights. Devan Dubnyk and Alex Stalock have posted similar save percentage this season with Dubnyk’s .918 save percentage only slightly better than Stalock’s .912 save percentage. If Minnesota’s offense can continue to produce at a high level then whoever starts in goal on Saturday, they should be able to do enough to pick up another big win against Edmonton.

 

Edmonton Oilers

Goaltending has been a major issue for the Oilers all season. However, Cam Talbot is coming off back-to-back wins and has stopped 62 of the last 66 shots he has faced. Talbot has posted a 3.05 goals-against average and a .905 save percentage this season but has a 2.69 GAA and .923 save percentage in March. He’s playing well right now (relatively speaking).

Consistency has also been an issue up front for Edmonton when it comes to goal scoring. Connor McDavid leads the Oilers with 81 points this season. The next highest scorer is Leon Draisaitl with 60 points. No other player on the Oilers roster has more than 33 points this season. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins’ return has helped as he has two points in his last three games but Edmonton needs more out of the rest of the top-nine forwards on its roster. Ryan Strome, Milan Lucic, Michael Cammalleri and Jesse Puljujarvi have combined for just three points in their last three games.

Wild vs. Oilers Prediction

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