Minnesota Wild vs. Edmonton Oilers Prediction, NHL Odds

Andrew Rogers | Updated Dec 07, 2021

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The Edmonton Oilers were hit with a cold dose of reality last time out – and things don’t get any easier Tuesday night as they host the red-hot Minnesota Wild.

Minnesota
25-10-0-3
AT
December 07, 2021, 9:00 PM ET
Rogers Place
Edmonton
21-16-2
Puckline +1.5 -215
Moneyline +103
Over / Under o +6.5

31%

Betting Action

69%

Puckline -1.5 +179
Moneyline -124
Over / Under u +6.5

31%

Betting Action

69%

The Oilers dropped a 5-1 decision to the slumping Los Angeles Kings for just their second loss in 11 games at Rogers Place this season. And the competition rises significantly Tuesday, with the Wild having risen to the top of the Central Division standings on the strength of a six-game winning streak.

Wild vs. Oilers NHL Betting Odds

Edmonton is the favourite as expected given its impressive home record, but you shouldn’t be surprised to see bettors look to secure value on the underdog Wild (+108). Minnesota has steamrolled the competition of late, outscoring its last six opponents by a 28-12 margin to improve its overall goal differential to +21, second-best in the Western Conference. The Wild have also won five of the past seven meetings between the teams.

You don’t see as many 6.5s these days, but this game should hold steady there given that Minnesota and Edmonton rank third and fourth, respectively, in the NHL in goals per game. The Oilers are a red-hot 8-2-1 to the Over at home this season, while the Wild are 16-8 O/U for the season but just 5-7 on the road. The clubs have surpassed the total in four of their last six meetings, including a 5-3 Minnesota win in their last showdown back on Feb. 21, 2020.

Minnesota Wild

That the Wild find themselves among the NHL’s highest-scoring teams is a mild surprise; they had just two players surpass the 40-point plateau last season. Even more shocking is the fact that Minnesota is thriving despite owning one of the worst power-play units in the NHL. The Wild rank 29th out of 32 teams with a 13.9-percent success rate, and have done the majority of their damage on 5-on-5, ranking second overall with 63 goals in that situation.

Edmonton Oilers

If this game is decided with the man advantage, you have to give a huge edge to the home team. The Oilers continue to run roughshod over the rest of the league when it comes to power-play potency, ranking first in man-advantage goals (24) and success rate (34.3 percent). They’re also a top-6 team on the penalty kill (85.1 percent) and have scored four shorthanded goals on the season, behind only the Colorado Avalanche and Vegas Golden Knights (six).

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