Minnesota Wild vs. Edmonton Oilers - 12/12/19 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Minnesota Wild vs. Edmonton Oilers - 12/12/19 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

Edmonton Oilers (18-11-4) at Minnesota Wild (14-12-5)

NHL Hockey: Thursday, December 12, 2019 at 8:00 pm (Xcel Energy Center)

The Line: Minnesota Wild -143 / Edmonton Oilers +129 --- Over/Under: 6 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Edmonton Oilers and Minnesota Wild meet Thursday in NHL action at the Xcel Energy Center.

The Edmonton Oilers need a win after losing five of their last seven games. The Edmonton Oilers are averaging three goals per game and are scoring on 32.3 percent of their power play opportunities. Leon Draisaitl leads Edmonton with 19 goals, Connor McDavid has 36 assists and James Neal has 76 shots on goal. Defensively, the Edmonton Oilers are allowing 2.9 goals per game and are killing 87 percent of their opponents power plays. Mike Smith has given up 44 goals on 455 shots faced and Mikko Koskinen has allowed 49 goals on 573 shots. The Edmonton Oilers have allowed three or more goals in six of their last eight games.

The Minnesota Wild look for a win after winning seven of their last 11 games. The Minnesota Wild are averaging three goals per game and are scoring on 19.2 percent of their power play opportunities. Zach Parise leads Minnesota with 12 goals, Ryan Suter has 14 assists and Eric Staal has 55 shots on goal. Defensively, the Minnesota Wild are allowing 3.3 goals per game and are killing 78.7 percent of their opponents power plays. Devan Dubnyk has given up 42 goals on 392 shots faced and Alex Stalock has allowed 45 goals on 481 shots. The Minnesota Wild have allowed three or more goals in five of their last 10 games. 

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The Oilers are 4-1 in their last 5 games as a road underdog, 8-3 in their last 11 games as an underdog and 7-3 in their last 10 road games. The Wild are 6-2 in their last 8 games as a home favorite, 7-3 in their last 10 home games and 3-7 in their last 10 Thursday games. The under is 3-1-1 in Oilers last 5 road games. The under is 5-1 in Wild last 6 games as a favorite. The Oilers are 7-24 in the last 31 meetings in Minnesota and 21-49 in the last 70 meetings. The under is 5-0-1 in the last 6 meetings in Minnesota and 5-2 in the last 7 meetings.

The Minnesota Wild are playing better hockey at the moment and have had some of their best success at home where they've won 70 percent of their last 10 tries. However, the Edmonton Oilers have won four of the last seven meetings against the Wild, and they've been very valuable in the underdog role lately, and they've had great success on the road. Based on the trends and the recent history between these two teams, there's value with the Oilers and the plus money. Give me the road team. 

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Randy’s Pick Edmonton Oilers +129

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