Edmonton Oilers (13-17-2) at Minnesota Wild (17-11-3)
|Date & Time||Saturday December 16, 2017, 2:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Minnesota Wild -135 / Edmonton Oilers +122 --- Over/Under: 5.5
NHL action comes to the Xcel Energy Center where the Minnesota Wild host the Edmonton Oilers.
The Edmonton Oilers haven’t been able to string wins together with consistency at both ends of the ice being costly. Edmonton followed a 7-2 win at Columbus with a 4-0 defeat to the Nashville Predators on Thursday night where the offense put plenty of shots on net but ran in to a hot goalie. The Oilers racked up 46 shots and ended up with a goose egg while Laurent Brossoit allowed four goals on 23 shots.
The Predators scored four times in the second with Pontus Aberg, Kevin Fiala, Kyle Turris and Roman Josi each finding the back of the net. Nashville received a pair of helpers from Mattias Ekholm while backup goalie Juuse Saros turned aside all 46 shots he faced in upping his record to 3-3-1.
The Minnesota Wild have not been scoring a lot in recent weeks but the defense and goaltending have been dominant. Minnesota has won four straight and six of seven following a 2-0 victory versus the Toronto Maple Leafs and their very explosive offense on Thursday night.
The Wild received a first period tally from Ryan Ennis with less than two minutes remaining while Mikeal Granlund added an insurance goal in the third. Alex Stalock took over for an injured Devan Dubnyk and stopped 28 shots to earn his 5th career shutout while Frederik Andersen recorded 24 saves for Toronto.
Over is 5-0 in Oilers last 5 Saturday games and Oilers are 0-4 in their last 4 vs. Central and over is 5-0 in Oilers last 5 after scoring 2 goals or less in their previous game. Wild are 4-0 in their last 4 games playing on 1 days rest and Wild are 4-0 in their last 4 overall and Wild are 5-0 in their last 5 home games. Road team is 9-2 in the last 11 meetings and Oilers are 5-22 in the last 27 meetings in Minnesota and Oilers are 14-39 in the last 53 meetings.
Edmonton seems dangerous to me but the way Minnesota has been controlling the scoreboard has me looking their way…