Minnesota Wild vs. Edmonton Oilers - 2/24/15 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Edmonton Oilers (17-34-10) at Minnesota Wild (31-21-7)
NHL Hockey: Tuesday, February 24, 2015 at 8:00 pm (Xcel Energy Center)
The Line: Minnesota Wild -270 / Edmonton Oilers +239 --- Over/Under: 5.5 See the Latest Odds
The Oilers look to get revenge on Devan Dubnyk and the Wild who blanked them at home by a 4-0 mark last week as they teams complete the home and home in Minnesota on Tuesday.
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The Oilers have dropped back to back games including a loss to the Wild and have now played their way back into the draft lottery after it looked like the Sabres were going to run away with it and while Buffalo has a five point edge for last place Edmonton isn't out of the woods quite yet. Edmoton will likely send some pieces some moving at the trade deadline with guys like Jeff Petry expected to be out the door and while the season is lost for the Oilers and they will likely see some compensation come back for it it is tough to send guys packing as it continues to break up the rhythm for development. Edmonton needs to grab a top four defender at the deadline and while that may be tough to come by and may require one of their main pieces in order to yield a worthwhile return it might be a good move long term as they don't have a lot of help on the back end. Ben Scrivens will get the call here as he goes up against Dubnyk.
Minnesota remains one of the league's hottest teams and they return home looking to complete the home and home sweep against the Oilers after leaving Rexall Place with a 4-0 victory. The Wild have wiped out a slow start to the year and are now on track to get into the postseason and while they'd be happy with anything at this point they have their sights set on the Chicago Blackhawks for third place which would put them into an opening round matchup against a division rival and avoid an encouter with one of the division winners. The Wild should be praised for their acquisition of Dubnyk who is finally in a position to succeed and he has taken the reins for a team that needed it just as badly as he did and now in the final stretch of the regular season Dubnyk could very well challenge for the Vezina. The Wild are chalky in this one and rightfully so and I think they win this one easily and complete the sweep.