Carolina Hurricanes (1-1-1) at Edmonton Oilers (1-3-0)
|Date & Time||Tuesday October 17, 2017, 9:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Edmonton Oilers -150 / Carolina Hurricanes +131 --- Over/Under: 5.5
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The Edmonton Oilers look to play out of their early season funk as they welcome the Carolina Hurricanes to Rogers Place on Tuesday night.
The Hurricanes are off to a tough start as they have been away from home it seems like for most of the season and with a 2-7 stretch in their last nine games dating back to last season it is tough to find any sort of confidence in them at the moment. Carolina is still a young group that will be back in the playoff mix in the next few seasons and could very well jump into that picture this season if they can turn things around but they are in a tough division where other teams are on the rise and it could be tough sledding for them. Carolina has just 17 wins in their last 56 road games and while Edmonton hasn’t been particularly strong this season as they have lost four games in a row, they are usually a tough out playing on home ice and have 13 wins in their last 18 tires playing at Rogers Place. Scott Darling is expected to make the start as he will face off against Cam Talbot who will be out to regain his form from a season ago.
The Oilers came into this season with high expectations and were among a small collection of teams considered a legitimate threat to win the Stanley Cup thanks in large part to the presence of Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl. Edmonton though has dropped four games in a row after opening the season with a 3-0 shutout win over the Calgary Flames and they need better play out of their goaltender in Talbot who was brilliant a season ago but hasn’t quite had the same pop we saw last year, despite not receiving a ton of support from his defensive comrades. Edmonton has beaten up on the league’s doormats over the last season plus though and this game certainly fits that criteria as the Canes have just a single win to their name this season.
The Canes are 2-7 in their last nine overall and 1-4 in their last five against the West while the Oilers are 1-4 in their last five and 23-9 in their last 32 when their opponent scores two or fewer in their previous game. Carolina is in tough here as the Oilers need a statement win and in this spot it looks like this the chance to do it.