Oilers vs Red Wings NHL Odds, Pick, Prediction
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- The Detroit Red Wings host the Edmonton Oilers on Tuesday night in an NHL matchup.
- The Oilers were red-hot heading into the All-Star Break, so does Detroit have any shot at stopping their superstars?
- Continue reading for a full breakdown of this matchup, including how to bet it.
Oilers vs. Red Wings Odds
|Red Wings Odds||+134|
|Time||7:30 p.m. ET|
|Odds via FanDuel. Get up-to-the-minute NHL Odds here.|
The Detroit Red Wings are home underdogs when they host the Edmonton Oilers on Tuesday night.
Edmonton was steamrolling through its competition heading into the All-Star Break, winning seven of its last eight games, so the pause was ill timed.
The Oilers have had something of an up-and-down campaign, so did the extended break cool them off or should you still look to Edmonton to top Detroit on Tuesday?
The Oilers didn’t just beat the competition during their recent 7-0-1 stretch, they outscored them 40-19. Naturally, Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl played big parts in that, providing 15 and 14 points, respectively, over that eight-game span, but those two putting up ridiculous numbers is nothing new.
The big difference during Edmonton’s recent stretch is that the two superstars had support. Zach Hyman is on a seven-game point streak, contributing six goals and 16 points over that span. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins has been rolling, too, with three goals and 12 points over his last eight games.
Getting some level of support for McDavid and Draisaitl has been a consistent challenge in Edmonton. They can do a lot themselves, but they still need some help in order to win.
Fortunately, Evander Kane is back. He’s been limited to one goal and point over four games since returning from a wrist injury, but it’s not surprising that he needs some time to get going after missing more than two months. As the campaign continues, Kane should be a big scoring threat for Edmonton and help solidify the top-six.
Perhaps the most encouraging development though has been Jack Campbell’s rebound. He got off to a disastrous start with Edmonton, posting an 8-6-1 record, 4.02 GAA and .876 save percentage over his first 15 games of the campaign. Since then, though, he’s been reliable, posting a 7-2-0 record, 2.25 GAA and .911 save percentage over his last 10 contests.
Edmonton doesn’t need amazing goaltender to win, just decent work. Lately, Campbell has been playing above that bar, and the Oilers are a far more dangerous team for it.
Detroit Red Wings
If you were looking for a quick summary of the Red Wings this season, it’s that they’re an all-around below average team. They have a 21-19-8 record, which puts them above only Columbus and Montreal in the Eastern Conference.
Detroit is also tied for the 22nd-ranked offense with 3.00 goals per game and holds the 21st-ranked defense with 3.27 goals per game this season.
The Red Wings have no player with more than 15 goals while Edmonton has four players who each have more than 20 markers. Dylan Larkin leads the Red Wings’ scoring race with 15 goals and 43 points in 47 contests and while those are great numbers in their own right, McDavid has nearly doubled that with 92 points, including 41 goals, in 50 games.
In fact, Edmonton has four forwards with at least 60 points, so when we’re talking about star power, there’s no question who has the edge.
Detroit can’t rely on good goaltending to save the day either. Ville Husso has a 17-11-5 record, 3.00 GAA and .901 save percentage in 34 starts. What’s crazy is the Red Wings’ expected goals against this season is the third-best at 143.26, per Moneypuck.
What that suggests is Husso has actually been getting strong support defensively, and the goaltender hasn’t taken advantage of it.
Oilers vs. Red Wings Pick
I really like Edmonton on the puck line here, where you can get it -1.5 at a juicy +152 at FanDuel. The Oilers are firing on all cylinders offensively and starting to get some solid goaltending from Campbell. Given the scoring threats with Edmonton, beating that spread seems extremely doable.
The over of 6.5 goals, which comes with a potential payout of -122, also interests me, but success there mostly hinges on Edmonton’s amazing forward core being paired against Detroit’s shaky goaltending. So chances are, if we end up with seven or more goals Tuesday, it will be in a game where the Oilers beat the spread.
Pick: Oilers Puck Line -1.5 (+140 or Better)
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