Edmonton Oilers vs. Minnesota Wild - 2/21/20 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Minnesota Wild (28-24-7) at Edmonton Oilers (32-21-7)
NHL Hockey: Friday, February 21, 2020 at 9:00 pm (Rogers Place)
The Line: Edmonton Oilers -110 / Minnesota Wild +100 --- Over/Under: 6
The Minnesota Wild and Edmonton Oilers meet Friday in NHL action at the Rogers Place.
The Minnesota Wild look for a win after splitting their last six games. The Minnesota Wild are averaging three goals per game and are scoring on 22 percent of their power play opportunities. Zach Parise leads Minnesota with 21 goals, Ryan Suter has 32 assists and Eric Staal has 103 shots on goal. Defensively, the Minnesota Wild are allowing 3.2 goals per game and are killing 74.9 percent of their opponents power plays. Devan Dubnyk has given up 85 goals on 797 shots faced and Alex Stalock has allowed 76 goals on 834 shots. The Minnesota Wild have allowed three or less goals in seven of their last eight games.
The Edmonton Oilers look for a win after splitting their last eight games. The Edmonton Oilers are averaging 3.2 goals per game and are scoring on 30.1 percent of their power play opportunities. Leon Draisaitl leads Edmonton with 34 goals, Connor McDavid has 51 assists and James Neal has 107 shots on goal. Defensively, the Edmonton Oilers are allowing 3.1 goals per game and are killing 84.1 percent of their opponents power plays. Mike Smith has given up 88 goals on 927 shots faced and Mikko Koskinen has allowed 85 goals on 957 shots. The Edmonton Oilers have allowed three or less goals in 11 of their last 13 games.
The Wild are 14-3 in the last 17 meetings in Edmonton and 43-18 in the last 61 meetings. The home team is 5-2 in the last 7 meetings.
The Edmonton Oilers are probably the slightly better team here and in a near pick em spot, I'd usually side with the home team and take my chances. The problem is the Minnesota Wild have owned the Oilers over the years, which includes wins in 14 of their last 17 trips in Edmonton and winning 70.4 percent of their last 61 meetings overall. The Wild are also 2-0 against the Oilers this season. It's hard to ignore one-sided history, especially when we're getting even money with that team.