Edmonton Oilers (5-8-1) at New York Rangers (6-5-2)
|Date & Time||Sunday November 9, 2014, 6:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: New York Rangers -190 / Edmonton Oilers +172 --- Over/Under: 5.5
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The Edmonton Oilers and New York Rangers play Sunday afternoon at Madison Square Garden.
The Edmonton Oilers have lost four of their last five games and will play their fourth straight road game. The Oilers defense is the worst in the league, as they’re allowing 3.5 goals per game and have given up 18 goals in their last five games. The Edmonton Oilers have lost 13 of their last 14 games when allowing three or more goals. Ben Scrivens has given up 33 goals on 312 shots and Viktor Fasth has allowed 13 goals on 110 shots faced. The Oilers have allowed two power play goals in their last seven games. Offensively, Taylor Hall leads Edmonton with six goals, Jordan Eberle has six assists and Nail Yakupov has 32 shots on goal. The Oilers have scored one power play goal in their last six games.
The New York Rangers have lost three of their last four games, including a Saturday loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs. The issue for the Rangers has been their defense that’s allowing three goals per game on the season and 12 goals in their last three games. The New York Rangers have lost nine of their last 12 regular season games when allowing at least three goals. Henrik Lundqvist has allowed 28 goals on 283 shots and Cam Talbot has given up 12 goals on 100 shots faced. Offensively, Rick Nash leads New York with 11 goals, Martin St. Louis has seven assists and Derick Brassard has 29 shots on goal. The New York Rangers have scored three power play goals in their last three games, which is an area this team has to improve in.
The Oilers are 5-2 in their last 7 vs. Eastern Conference and 52-125 in their last 177 road games. The Rangers are 39-19 in their last 58 games playing on 0 days rest and 30-12 in their last 42 Sunday games. The over is 5-2 in the last 7 meetings in New York.
With the way both teams play defense and the fact the over has dominated this series in New York, I'm taking the over in this matchup. Goals being scored shouldn't be a problem here.