Edmonton Oilers (33-20-8) at Washington Capitals (40-12-7)
|Date & Time||Friday February 24, 2017, 7:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Washington Capitals -185 / Edmonton Oilers +166 --- Over/Under: 5
The Edmonton Oilers continue their road trip with a stop at the Verizon Center to face the Washington Capitals in NHL hockey action on Friday.
The Edmonton Oilers faced a tough task Wednesday with a visit to the red hot Florida Panthers but they rose to the occasion with a 4-3 victory to put an end to the Panthers five game winning streak. Kris Russell tallied the game winner with just under eight minutes remaining with Oscar Klefbom, Zack Kassian and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins also scoring for the Oilers to make a winner of Cam Talbot who stopped 31 shots on the night. The Florida offense produced goals from Colton Sceviour, Aleksander Barkov and Jonathan Marchessault with a pair of helpers coming from Keith Yandle. James Reimer had a rough night between the pipes with four goals allowed on 35 shots.
The Washington Capitals have the best record in the game so when they came off their week long break and dropped back to back contests, there was probably a little concern. However, the Capitals looked like themselves Wednesday when they went to Philadelphia and dominated the Flyers by a 4-1 count although Philly did have a pair of goals waved off. The Capitals saw Evgeny Kuznetsov tally twice with TJ Oshie and Nicklas Backstrom also finding the back of the net while Braden Holtby recorded 33 stops. The Flyers lone goal came off the stick of Brayden Schenn with Michal Neuvirth absorbing the loss with 25 saves as Philadelphia has dropped five of seven.
The Oilers are 0-6 in their last 6 Friday games and the under is 5-0-2 in Oilers last 7 Friday games while the under is 7-0-2 in Oilers last 9 road games vs. a team with a home winning % of greater than .600. The over is 7-0-4 in Capitals last 11 home games and the Capitals are 6-0 in their last 6 home games vs. a team with a winning road record while the over is 4-0-1 in Capitals last 5 vs. Western Conference. The Oilers are 2-7 in the last 9 meetings in Washington and the home team is 13-5 in the last 18 meetings.
The Capitals have been strong in a match up that has generally belonged to the home team so I lean their way in some form until I see goalies and the juice…