Edmonton Oilers (5-8-1) at New Jersey Devils (9-4-1)
|Date & Time||Thursday November 9, 2017, 7:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: New Jersey Devils +113 / Edmonton Oilers -125 --- Over/Under: 5.5
The Edmonton Oilers head to the New Jersey Devils for a Thursday night NHL matchup.
The Edmonton Oilers are on the road for the second straight night when the team challenges the New Jersey Devils. Edmonton will be shooting for consecutive victories after picking up a 2-1, overtime win at the New York Islanders on Tuesday night.
The Oilers have been struggling to score in the early stages of 2017-18 and that trend continued Tuesday but the defensive end of the ice came through. Connor McDavid tallied the game winner a mere 38 seconds in to the extra session to win it for Edmonton who received a second period goal from Leon Draisaitl.
Jordan Eberle scored in the second for the Islanders who could not light the lamp again despite 13 shots in the third. Cam Talbot stood tall between the pipes for the Oilers with 36 stops while Thomas Greiss recorded 23 saves for New York.
The New Jersey Devils face the Edmonton Oilers for the second time in less then a week on Tuesday night. New Jersey desperately needs a win after a 3-1 defeat at the hands of the visiting St. Louis Blues saddled the team with their third loss in a row.
The Blues won this matchup for the 8th consecutive time behind just enough scoring and a rugged defense. The Blues received goals from Brayden Schenn, Jaden Schwartz and Vladimir Tarasenko with Schenn and Tarasenko posting a pair of helpers each.
The Devils drew first blood on Blake Coleman’s tally in the opening period but that ended up being the highlight for the offense. A strong effort between the pipes for New Jersey went for naught as Cory Schneider stopped 37 shots while Jake Allen made 21 saves for the Blues.
Oilers are 4-0 in their last 4 vs. a team with a winning record and under is 6-0 in Oilers last 6 road games and Oilers are 0-6 in their last 6 games following a win. Over is 4-0-1 in Devils last 5 Thursday games and over is 8-2-1 in Devils last 11 when their opponent scores 2 goals or less in their previous game and over is 4-1 in Devils last 5 home games vs. a team with a losing road record. Under is 4-0 in the last 4 meetings in New Jersey and Oilers are 5-1 in the last 6 meetings and home team is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings.
Edmonton had just won this matchup on home ice and it’s hard to beat the same team twice in a short period but it’s not impossible. Pending the goalie assignment I’ll back the Oilers…