Edmonton Oilers vs. Pittsburgh Penguins - 1/10/14
Pittsburgh Penguins (32-12-1) at Edmonton Oilers (14-27-5)
NHL Hockey: Friday, January 10, 2014 at 10:00 pm (Rexall Place)
The Line: Edmonton Oilers +153 / Pittsburgh Penguins -168 --- Over/Under: 5.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: ROOT, TSN
Rexall Place will be the site of the Edmonton Oilers versus the visiting Pittsburg Penguins on Friday night in the NHL.
The Pittsburg Penguins are coming off of a come-from-behind victory that is certainly a confidence booster on the offensive end. On Tuesday, the Pens found themselves down 4-2 with less than two minutes left on the road against the Vancouver Canucks. Seconds later the game was knotted at four after Kris Letang and Sidney Crosby scored two goals in less than 20 seconds on Vancouver keeper Eddie Lack. Crosby would go on to score the game winner in a shootout to give the Penguins the eighth win in the last ten contests. The record is not without issues, however. Pittsburg has been giving up goals in bunches recently, which could mean that Jeff Zatkoff will get a shot in net on Friday night.
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Edmonton is just 3-5-2 in the last ten contests, and the Oilers dropped the previous game to the St. Louis Blues. The Oilers came out strong and exchanged blows with St. Louis through the middle of the second period, but Edmonton’s 19th ranked penalty kill gave up two power play goals to the Blues, who went on to win 5-2. On a positive note, the Oilers received some production outside of Taylor Hall. Nail Yakupov and Marc Arcobello each put one past Brian Elliot of the Blues. However, the Oilers, who only totaled 16 shots on goal against the Blues, simply do not generate enough scoring chances, which does not equate to victories when a team gives up an average of 3.5 goals against per contest.
These two teams met earlier this season with Pittsburg winning a close home game over Edmonton by a score of 3-2. The Pens are 5-1 in the last six meetings between these two teams, but the home team in this matchup is 4-1 in the last five meetings. The Penguins dominate lesser opponents on the road, and in the last 11 games against a home team with a winning percentage below .500 the Pens are 10-1. I expect the best power play in the league to exploit the weak Edmonton penalty kill. Presented with an Oilers team that struggles to drum up offensive opportunities, I find it difficult to see how Edmonton can keep up on the scoreboard. The Penguins are just the better team and the right side in this game.