Bruins vs Oilers NHL Odds, Picks, Predictions
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- The Bruins, who are a dominant 7-1 this month, hit the road to face the Oilers.
- Edmonton is coming off a tough loss and will be looking to get back on track, so who has the advantage in this one?
- Greg Liodice digs into the matchup and offers up his best bet below.
Bruins vs. Oilers Odds
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After six straight wins, the Boston Bruins head to northern Alberta to take on the Edmonton Oilers. The Bruins are the best team in the league with 93 points and are 7-1 in February.
Edmonton is coming off a game which Connor McDavid described as “embarrassing.” It came back from down 4-0, but still lost 6-5 to the Blue Jackets. The Oilers aren’t having a great stretch and are 4-2-4 in their past 10, but are still in a safe space regarding playoff positioning.
Here’s a look at the odds, as well as our prediction for the Boston Bruins vs. Edmonton Oilers.
In a contract year, David Pastrnak is playing out of this world. The Czechian winger has 42 goals and 79 points in 58 games. His “perfection” linemates in Brad Marchand and Patrice Bergeron have produced at an exceptional rate. Boston has also benefited from David Krejci’s return.
This past month could’ve been better for Boston’s even strength attack. While it’s still among the best, the Bruins’ are ranked 12th in expected goals with a 51.31 xGF%. They also have a deadly power play that scores 24% of the time.
Boston is one of the top defensive teams. Along with elite goaltending that only allows 2.09 goals per game, the Bruins are also second in expected goals against (xGA).
Linus Ullmark made headlines Saturday for scoring the first goal from a goalie in three years. Aside from that, Ullmark is having a Vezina-like season, playing to an elite +33.3 goals saved above expected (GSAx) and a .938 SV%.
McDavid is having a historical season with 113 points in 60 games. His running mate, Leon Draisaitl, is also performing at a high level with 88 points. Behind them, the Oilers have started to get high-end depth scoring from both Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Zach Hyman. One item to note is that Evander Kane is day-to-day and it’s possible they’ll miss his scoring abilities.
Edmonton’s had an incredible offensive month. Since January 25, the Oilers are playing to a league leading 62.85 xGF%. They also have the top power play, scoring at a 32.1% clip.
It’s clear this team needs a puck moving defenseman at the trade deadline. The goaltending could be better — Edmonton is allowing 3.28 goals per game — but the Oilers are 14th in xGA.
There’s no word yet on who’s starting, but Stuart Skinner is my best bet. Skinner’s having a wonderful All-Star season, playing to a +0.7 GSAx and a .912 SV%.
Bruins vs. Oilers Pick
Buckle in because this will be a good one. We have the hottest offense versus a top defense and the best goalie this season.
Boston is hot. It got its kinks out of the way before the All-Star break and with six straight wins, the Bruins are a scary team for opponents. In February, the Bruins have only once allowed more than two goals. It should be an interesting test to see if they can hold off the two-headed juggernaut of McDavid and Draisaitl.
While the Oilers are to be feared when they have the puck, they can be taken advantage of on the other end. This month, Edmonton has allowed over three goals six times, sometimes to teams that don’t usually score often.
That makes me think Boston will have its way with a team that’s leaky on the back end. I’ll be backing Boston to continue its winning streak in regulation.
Pick: Bruins 60-Minute Moneyline
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