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Edmonton Oilers vs. Minnesota Wild - 1/31/17 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Minnesota Wild (32-11-5) at Edmonton Oilers (28-15-8)
Date & Time Tuesday January 31, 2017, 9:00 PM (EST)
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The Line
The Line: Edmonton Oilers -120 / Minnesota Wild +100 --- Over/Under: 5
TV Channel
FS-North
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The Edmonton Oilers welcome the Minnesota Wild in NHL hockey action on Tuesday.

The Minnesota Wild were one of the hottest teams in the NHL for the majority of the season and they went in to the break hot on the heels of a 5-1 win versus visiting St. Louis on Thursday. A balanced Wild attack featured scoring from Mikael Granlund, Nino Niederreiter, Tyler Graovac, Erik Haula and Mikko Koivu while Devan Dubnyk was stellar between the pipes with a 25 save performance that lifted the team to an amazing 21-3-2 run going in to the second half. The Blues were held to a lone goal from Vladimir Tarasenko with Carter Hutton getting the loss with all five goals allowed on 30 shots as St. Louis has lost five of six. 

It’s been a long time since the Edmonton Oilers and the playoffs have been mentioned in the same sentence but that time has come. The Oilers not only dominated Pacific leader Anaheim 4-0 on Wednesday but they are within a single point of the Ducks. Edmonton has now won eight of eleven behind solid play at both ends of the ice. Leon Draisaitl lit the lamp twice with Zack Kasian and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins also reaching the scoring column while Cam Talbot earned his 15th career shutout and 4th of the year with a 26 save performance. With the Ducks offense stymied, John Gibson took the loss on 19 saves.

The over is 6-0-1 in Wild last 7 vs. a team with a winning record and the over is 6-0-3 in Wild last 9 after scoring 5 goals or more in their previous game while theWild are 4-0 in their last 4 games playing on 3 or more days rest. The under is 4-0 in Oilers last 4 home games vs. a team with a winning road record and the

Oilers are 5-0 in their last 5 after allowing 2 goals or less in their previous game while the  Oilers are 7-1 in their last 8 overall. The Wild are 12-1 in the last 13 meetings in Edmonton and the under is 8-2-2 in the last 12 meetings in Edmonton while the road team is 8-2 in the last 10 meetings.

Both teams were playing well heading in to the second half and I think I might be looking at the total here...

Pick:
Minnesota +100

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