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Edmonton Oilers vs. Minnesota Wild - 12/7/18 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Minnesota Wild (15-11-2) at Edmonton Oilers (14-12-2)
Date & Time Friday December 7, 2018, 9:00 PM (EST)
The Line
The Line: Edmonton Oilers -120 / Minnesota Wild -109 --- Over/Under: 6
TV Channel
RSNW, FSN
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NHL | Minnesota Wild (15-11-2) at Edmonton Oilers (14-12-2)
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The Minnesota Wild and Edmonton Oilers meet Friday in NHL action at the Rogers Place.

The Minnesota Wild could use a feel good victory after losing four of their last five games. The Minnesota Wild are averaging 3.2 goals per game and are scoring on 23.9 percent of their power play opportunities. Zach Parise leads Minnesota with 13 goals, Mikael Granlund has 17 assists and Ryan Suter has 42 shots on goal. Defensively, the Minnesota Wild are allowing 2.9 goals per game and are killing 84.1 percent of their opponents power plays. Devan Dubnyk has given up 56 goals on 627 shots faced and Alex Stalock has allowed 15 goals on 172 shots. The Minnesota Wild have allowed three or less goals in five of their last nine games. 

The Edmonton Oilers look for a spark of consistency after splitting their last 10 games. The Edmonton Oilers are averaging 2.6 goals per game and are scoring on 20 percent of their power play opportunities. Connor McDavid leads Edmonton with 14 goals, Leon Draisaitl has 17 assists and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins has 81 shots on goal. Defensively, the Edmonton Oilers are allowing three goals per game and are killing 76.1 percent of their opponents power plays. Cam Talbot has given up 49 goals on 454 shots faced and Mikko Koskinen has allowed 28 goals on 372 shots. The Edmonton Oilers have allowed three or less goals in six of their last eight games.

The Wild are 4-1 in their last 5 games playing on 0 days rest, 12-4 in their last 16 vs. Western Conference and 8-3 in their last 11 Friday games. The Oilers are 1-4 in their last 5 Friday games, 4-1 in their last 5 home games and 4-1 in their last 5 overall. The Wild are 14-2 in the last 16 meetings in Edmonton and 41-16 in the last 57 meetings. The over is 3-1-2 in Wild last 6 overall. The under is 5-0 in Oilers last 5 overall.

The Minnesota Wild have been good on the end of back to backs, but they haven't been in a slump often the way they are right now. The Edmonton Oilers have been hit or miss, but they've played their best hockey at home and are due for a win over the Wild, a team that's owned them over the years. I'll take the Oilers, the more rested team, and the cheap price on their home ice.

Pick:
Edmonton Oilers -120

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