Washington Capitals (4-5-1) at Edmonton Oilers (3-5-1)
|Date & Time||Saturday October 28, 2017, 10:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Edmonton Oilers -121 / Washington Capitals +110 --- Over/Under:
The Washington Capitals and Edmonton Oilers meet Saturday in NHL action at the Rogers Place.
The Washington Capitals could use a feel good victory here after losing six of their last eight games. The Washington Capitals are averaging 2.9 goals per game and are scoring on 22.9 percent of their power play opportunities. Alex Ovechkin leads Washington with 10 goals, Evgeny Kuznetsov has 12 assists and John Carlson has 38 shots on goal. Defensively, the Washington Capitals are allowing 3.7 goals per game and are killing 73.3 percent of their opponents power plays. Braden Holtby has given up 19 goals on 218 shots faced and Philipp Grubauer has allowed 16 goals on 107 shots. The Washington Capitals have allowed three or more goals in seven of their first 10 games. Brett Connolly and Nicklas Backstrom are questionable with injuries / illness.
The Edmonton Oilers look for back-to-back victories for the first time this season to dig out of an early 3-5-1 hole. The Edmonton Oilers are averaging 2.2 goals per game and are scoring on 13.8 percent of their power play opportunities. Connor McDavid leads Edmonton with five goals, Patrick Maroon has four assists and Kris Russell has 12 shots on goal. Defensively, the Edmonton Oilers are allowing 3.1 goals per game and are killing 70.3 percent of their opponents power plays. Cam Talbot has given up 21 goals on 231 shots faced and Laurent Brossoit has allowed seven goals on 48 shots. The Edmonton Oilers have allowed three or more goals in five of their last eight games.
The Capitals are 41-14 in their last 55 games playing on 1 days rest, 13-6 in their last 19 road games and 1-4 in their last 5 overall. The Oilers are 17-6 in their last 23 games playing on 1 days rest, 14-6 in their last 20 home games and 2-6 in their last 8 overall. The Capitals are 3-9 in the last 12 meetings in Edmonton, the home team is 19-5 in the last 24 meetings and the under is 5-2 in the last 7 meetings.
The Washington Capitals are struggling to find consistent success, and that's likely going to continue until they start to get healthy. The Edmonton Oilers are coming off possibly their best showing of the season in a 5-4 win over the Dallas Stars, and they'll find more wins if the offense can pick up just a little bit. Due to the banged up bodies for Washington, I'll side with Edmonton and the reasonable price on its home ice.