NHL Odds, Preview, Prediction: Oilers vs Coyotes (Wednesday, April 17)

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Oilers vs. Coyotes Odds

Tuesday, April 16
10 p.m. ET
Oilers Odds-180
Coyotes Odds+150
Over / Under
-115 / -15
Odds via bet365. Get up-to-the-minute NHL odds here.

Here's everything you need to know about the Oilers vs Coyotes on Wednesday, April 17 – our expert NHL prediction and pick.

The Coyotes will host the Oilers Wednesday night in what will be the final game at Mullett Arena. The NHL is set to relocate the franchise to Salt Lake City in 2025.

The Coyotes have played to a 42-34-5 record all time at Mullett, which has made them a highly profitable bet given the amount of those games in which they were a heavy underdog.

The Oilers, meanwhile, are locked into second in the division, and they will simply be looking to fine-tune their game ahead of a playoff series with the Golden Knights or Kings.

Edmonton Oilers

The Oilers ultimately could not pull out the division title, but they still look to be a legitimate cup contender nonetheless.

They played to a 6-2-2 record over the last 10. They own the fourth-best record in the league since March 1 at 14-5-4.  Interestingly enough, that is an exact match for their fourth-best 57.24% expected goal share in that span.

The Oilers have exhibited some flaws down the stretch, to be sure, but none that would suggest they can't win the cup. There are 10 teams priced from +700 to +1100 right now in terms of Cup outrights, and essentially all of the top teams have flaws to nitpick this season.

In all likelihood, the Oilers will rest numerous players over the next two nights. They are playing for nothing at this point. My expectation is the vast majority of the rest will be handed out for Thursday night's game in Colorado, but we will likely see a few skaters rest tonight to help ice a full roster in each contest.

Calvin Pickard is considered probable to start in this matchup. He has played to a +2.3 GSAx and .912 save % across 21 appearances this season.

Arizona Coyotes

The Coyotes roster will look to close out the season with their heads held high, in what will likely be the final game in franchise history.

With 75 points in 81 games, they have officially moved beyond oddsmakers expectations (preseason betting total of 74.5), and it has taken an impressive stretch run to cash those tickets.

The Coyotes at 6-4-0 over the last 10 games and have played to a 52.90% expected goal share in that span. Several of those wins came against high-quality opponents in the Predators, Oilers, Canucks and Golden Knights.

It's especially sad to see the Coyotes finally leaving Arizona because the future is starting to look really bright. Young talents such as Dylan Guenther, Josh Doan and Matias Maccelli have been excellent down the stretch, and they could help power Salt Lake into the playoffs next season.

Barrett Hayton and Nick Bjugstad are both considered game-time decisions for this matchup.

Connor Ingram will likely start in goal for Arizona. He has played to a +8.0 GSAx and .906 save % across 49 appearances this season.

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Oilers vs. Coyotes

Betting Pick & Prediction

In what will likely be the final game for the Coyotes franchise (at least for several seasons), we should expect them to leave it all on the ice.  They have enjoyed a consistent and legitimate home-ice advantage during the short existence of NHL hockey at Mullett Arena, and they enter this matchup having played very well down the stretch.

The Oilers, meanwhile, are not playing for anything. They are locked into second in the division, and they are simply awaiting word on whether they will play the Kings or Knights.

This is basically the Flint Michigan Mega Bowl for the Yotes', and I'm betting they pull it out at a long number.

The narratives suggest this is a fun spot to bet the Coyotes, and I think +150 is actually a solid to do so considering their current form. Anything better than +140 is worth a play on the Coyotes, and I would go a touch wider than that if we see numerous relevant Oilers resting.

Pick: Arizona Coyotes +150 (Bet365, Play to +140)

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