Edmonton Oilers (18-18-3) at Arizona Coyotes (17-20-2)
|Date & Time||Wednesday January 2, 2019, 9:30 PM (EST)|
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The Line: Arizona Coyotes -118 / Edmonton Oilers -103 --- Over/Under:
FS-Arizona, Sportsnet ONE
The Edmonton Oilers and the Arizona Coyotes meet in NHL action from the Gila River Arena on Wednesday night.
The Edmonton Oilers will be out to snap a 6-game losing streak after a 4-3 loss to Winnipeg in their last outing. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins opened the scoring for Edmonton, and helped the Oilers take a 1-0 lead into the first intermission. Winnipeg jumped out to a 2-1 lead before Leon Draisaitl tied the game with less than two minutes to spare. That tie lasted just :29 before Winnipeg re-took the lead. Draisaitl scored his 2nd of the game to tie the game again, but it was all for naught as the Jets re-took the lead, this time for good. Mikko Koskinen took the loss, falling to 11-7-1 after allowing all 4 goals on 36 shots in the losing effort.
The Arizona Coyotes will look to bounce back after a 5-1 loss to the Vegas Golden Knights in their last outing. Vegas took a 1-0 lead after the opening 20 minutes, and opened a 2-0 lead in the latter stages of the 2nd period, but the lead was cut back in half just :54 later thanks to Arizona’s lone goal from Alex Galchenyuk. That’s as close as Arizona got the rest of the way however, as Vegas scored 3 goals in a span of 7:23 to open up a 5-1 lead that held up the rest of the way. Darcy Kuemper took the loss, falling to 5-11-2 this season after giving up all 5 goals on 37 shots in the losing effort.
Edmonton is 0-6 in their last 6 games overall and 0-4 in their last 4 games against a team with a losing record while the over is 4-1-2 in their last 7 games against the Western Conference. Arizona is 4-9 in their last 13 games overall and 1-5 in their last 6 home games while the over is 5-1 in their last 6 games against the Western Conference. Edmonton is 11-27 in the last 38 meetings between these two teams and 2-7 in the last 9 meetings between these two teams in Arizona.
Edmonton in an underdog role is tempting as I think the Oilers are the better team here. However, I can’t bring myself to back the Oilers until Edmonton snap out of this brutal funk that they’ve been in over the last couple of weeks. Arizona has issues of their own, but the Coyotes have won games here and there so I’ll side with Arizona at home as a fade from Edmonton more than anything else.