Oilers vs Rangers Prediction - NHL Picks 12/22/23

New York Rangers (22-7-1) vs Edmonton Oilers (13-15-1)

Game Info: Friday, December 22, 2023 at 7:30 pm (Madison Square Garden)

Betting Odds: New York Rangers -135 / Edmonton Oilers +109 --- Over/Under: 6.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Edmonton Oilers and New York Rangers face off on Friday in an NHL showdown at Madison Square Garden. Let’s look at the betting matchup and give a free Oilers vs Rangers prediction.

Can Oilers Pick Up Another Big Win

The Oilers have been inconsistent this season but they are coming off a big victory on Thursday. The Oilers scored six goals against the New Jersey Devils and they ended up winning by three. Ryan McLeod had a solid game putting up two goals. The Oilers on the season are averaging 3.43 goals while their defense is giving up 3.43 goals per game. The offense is ranked 7th while the defense is ranked 25th. Connor McDavid has scored 12 goals and added 31 assists so far this season. 

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Edmonton Oilers Player Prop Facts

  • Leon Draisaitl has scored at least one goal in nine of his last 10 appearances on the second leg of a back-to-back.
  • Ryan Nugent-Hopkins has recorded at least one point in each of his last seven appearances at Madison Square Garden.
  • Connor McDavid has recorded at least one assist in 14 of his last 15 appearances against Metropolitan Division opponents.
  • Derek Ryan has recorded two blocks against the Rangers this season - most against any opponent.

Rangers Look for Fourth Straight Win

The Rangers have won three straight games and they have a ton of confidence. Over the last three games the defense has given up only four goals total and in two of the three games the offense has scored at least five goals. The Rangers on the season are averaging 3.33 goals while their defense is giving up 2.7 goals per game. The defense is ranked 8th and the defense is going to need to step up in a big way here. Artemi Panarin has scored 17 goals and added 26 assists so far this season. The Rangers are atop the Eastern Conference with 45 points, one point ahead of the Boston Bruins.

New York Rangers Player Prop Facts

  • Mika Zibanejad has scored at least one goal in each of the Rangers' last seven home games against Pacific Division opponents.
  • Mika Zibanejad has recorded at least one point in each of the Rangers' last seven home games against opponents who are playing on the second leg of a back-to-back.
  • Artemi Panarin has recorded at least one assist in each of the Rangers' last seven home games against Pacific Division opponents.
  • Artemi Panarin ranks T2nd in the league for Power Play Points (20) this season.

Oilers vs Rangers Betting Prediction

The Rangers defense has been heading into this game and they are going to lockdown in this game. The Oilers defense is giving up 3.43 goals per game and they are going to have some major issues slowing down the Rangers here. Look for the Rangers to score at least four goals here and their defense will give up only one goal here. This is going to be an easy victory for the Rangers. 

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a PickDawgz site consensus.

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