Pittsburgh Penguins (41-16-8) at Edmonton Oilers (35-23-8)
|Date & Time||Friday March 10, 2017, 9:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Edmonton Oilers +107 / Pittsburgh Penguins -118 --- Over/Under: 5.5
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The Edmonton Oilers look for a big time win on home ice as they welcome the Pittsburgh Penguins to town on Friday.
The Penguins are coming off a huge offensive outburst against the Winnipeg Jets and they will look for more against the Edmonton Oilers on Friday as they aim for their fifth win in six tires when playing on a Friday night. Pittsburgh has been one of the league’s best teams once again this season and are looking as every bit as dangerous as they did when they won the Cup last year against the San Jose Sharks and with a victory here they can claim their 20th victory in their last 28 tries coming off a win. The Pens have so much depth in the offensive zone but this game will feature Sidney Crosby against Connor McDavid as two of the league’s top point producers will go face to face as their respective teams look to inch closer to claiming a playoff spot. Matt Murray is expected to get the nod as he will face off against Cam Talbot.
The Oilers meanwhile are having a bounce back season and will look to earn their first playoff spot since losing to the Hurricanes in the Cup final in 2006 but they are starting to feel the heat right now as there are a handful of teams hot on their heels. Edmonton had dropped four of their last five games when playing on two day’s rest and are a modest 3-8 in their last 11 against the Metro division but they know they need a big effort here to stay close to the Penguins who are playing some of their best hockey of the season.
The Penguins are 71-34 in their last 105 games overall and 9-3 in their last 12 after scoring five or more goals in their previous outing while the Oilers are 8-20 in their last 28 Friday games and 17-35 in their last 52 following a loss of three or more goals. Pittsburgh is a slight road dog here but they get the call as they come in on fire while the Oilers are sliding and might miss out altogether if they’re not careful.