Edmonton Oilers (14-11-4) at Minnesota Wild (13-8-4)
|Date & Time||Friday December 9, 2016, 8:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Minnesota Wild -145 / Edmonton Oilers +131 --- Over/Under: 5
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The Edmonton Oilers look to shake off another heart breaking loss as they fell to the Flyers last night when they head into the Xcel Energy Center on Friday to face the Minnesota Wild.
The Oilers have had no issue putting the puck in the back of the net this season and is a huge reason why they have had moderate success so far, but after a stingy start to the year in the defensive zone they have fallen apart of late and that includes last night 6-5 defeat at the hands of the Philadelphia Flyers. Edmonton has spent so much time building their forward group through the draft over the years and while they have traded for Adam Larsson and drafted Darnell Nurse their defensive unit is still struggling to produce and if they can’t right the ship soon the Oil could fall out of the playoff picture once again. Edmonton will likely stick with Cam Talbot in this one as he is the best goaltending option on the roster and he is expected to match up with Devan Dubnyk.
The Wild meanwhile are coming off a win on the road against the Toronto Maple Leafs and return home looking for a repeat when they welcome the Oilers, a team they have dominated over the years. Minnesota got off to a fast start and built a strong resume through the first month but they have cooled off a bit of late and will look to use home ice against the tired Oilers as a jumping off point to getting back in the mix in the Central division. Dubnyk has been great since coming over from the Arizona Coyotes and will play against one of his other former teams here and will surely be out to prove a point.
Edmonton is 2-5 in their last seven overall and 43-101 in their last 144 against a team with a winning record while the Wild are 2-5 in their last seven against the Pacific and 7-3 in their last 10 home games. The Oilers are in a tough spot here against a very good home team with a goaltender who is playing well and has added incentive here and I think Minnesota has their way in this one.