Arizona Coyotes vs. Edmonton Oilers - 10/15/14 NHL Pick, Odds, Prediction
Edmonton Oilers (0-2-1) at Arizona Coyotes (1-1-0)
NHL Hockey: Wednesday
The Line: Arizona Coyotes / Edmonton Oilers --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Edmonton Oilers and Arizona Coyotes play Wednesday night at the Gila River Arena.
This will be a back-to-back game for the Edmonton Oilers, a team that has simply been brutal on the defensive end and has gotten off to a 0-2-1 start to the season. The Oilers have allowed 16 goals in just three games and it doesn’t matter who is in net. Ben Scrivens has allowed eight goals and Viktor Fasth hasn’t been any better by allowing seven goals. Forget the offense, the Edmonton Oilers aren’t going to be winning games any time soon until the goaltending improves and that’s hard when there’s been 12 power play opportunities given out already. The good news for the Oilers is that seven different players have scored a goal, including Matt Hendricks in Tuesday’s loss to the Los Angeles Kings. The scoring depth at least gives Edmonton a chance when and if the goalies improve their play.
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The Arizona Coyotes haven’t played since Saturday and are 1-1 on the season after beating the Los Angeles Kings in overtime. The Coyotes have the offense that can give the Oilers problems considering they’ve gotten off 68 shots on goal in their first two games. Oliver Ekman-Larsson leads Arizona with 10 shots on goal and three other players have at least seven shots on goal. Not a good thing if you’re an Edmonton fan with the way your goalies have produced lately. Mikkel Boedker leads the Coyotes with two goals and Keith Yandle has three assists. As far as goalies are concerned, Devan Dubnyk has allowed two goals on 26 shots faced and Mike Smith has allowed six goals on 27 shots.
The Oilers are 51-121 in their last 172 road games and 13-42 in their last 55 games playing on 0 days rest. The Coyotes are 2-6 in their last 8 home games and 2-8 in their last 10 overall. The Oilers are 3-8 in the last 11 meetings in Arizona.
There's no line just yet, but I'm taking the Coyotes regardless. Arizona has had several days off to prepare for this game and the Oilers are allowing goals left and right. Until Edmonton proves it can come up with saves more consistently, they're an automatic fade.