NHL Hockey Betting: Edmonton Oilers at Detroit Red Wings

Added March 09, 2015 by Levi Watkins

Non conference hockey at the Joe Louis Arena tonight as the Detroit Red Wings host the Edmonton Oilers. The Red Wings have been ‘treading water’ over the past couple of weeks which has them falling off the pace in the Atlantic Division standings. Detroit is 5-4-1 in their last 10 and in third place in the division five points back of Tampa Bay and 8 points back of division leading Montreal. The good news is that they don’t have to worry much about the fourth place Boston Bruins who are 7 points back.

It would be possible to just cut and paste a profile of the Edmonton Oilers since it’s not only been the same old story all year but the same as in previous years. The Oilers have a ton of talent but a lousy team. Now they’re going to have a good shot at another brutally talented player in Connor McDavid–though the ‘book’ on him is that he’s got the leadership skills that won’t put up with the Oilers’ substandard performance. The Oilers have some injuries–Taylor Hall and Benoit Pouliet most notably–but they have just been playing poorly. Edmonton is on a four game losing streak, has gone 2-6-2 in their last 10 games and are 8-17-9 on the road this year. They’ve got some competition for last place in the Western Conference as the Arizona Coyotes are just two points ahead.

As if the Oilers didn’t have enough problems taking on a far superior team they catch the Red Wings off of back to back losses. Detroit has nothing on deck until a Thursday game against Columbus so there’s no lookahead potential. Wings have won 8 of their last 10 against opponents with losing records and are 21-11 this year against sub .500 opponents. The Oilers have lost 9 of 13 against opponents with winning records and are 9-24 on the season. The Wings have also won six straight head to head including three here at the Joe Louis Arena. Ben Scrivens will start in net for Edmonton opposed by Jimmy Howard for Detroit. The Red Wings need points and the Oilers are in the wrong place at the wrong time.


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