Free NHL Hockey Prediction: Oilers vs. Wild NHL Odds
Looking for Edmonton Oilers vs. Minnesota Wild free hockey plays & NHL Odds? NHL betting sees the Oilers taking on the Wild on Thursday, December 12th at xCel Energy Center in St. Paul Minnesota. Cappers Picks provides complimentary expert handicapping picks on all NHL Hockey games all season long so stay tuned for more FREE daily NHL hockey predictions like this Oilers Wild matchup.
(18-11-4) Edmonton Oilers vs. Minnesota Wild (14-12-5)
Date: Thursday, December 12th
Time: 8:00 PM ET
Venue: xCel Energy Center, St. Paul MN
NHL Hockey Moneyline Odds: Oilers +120 Wild -140
NHL Hockey Puck Line Odds: Wild -1.5
NHL Betting Total: 6
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Both the Oilers and Wild will try to snap 2-game losing streaks when they meet up in St. Paul on Thursday. It’s been a less devastating run for Edmonton, as they still sit in a tie for 1st place in the Central.
The fact that Minnesota is favored over 1st place Edmonton is kind of a testament to how well the Wild have turned their season around. Well, in home games at least.
There’s sure to be a lot of public betting on the Oilers with such a value line of +120. Edmonton has been more than a +105 underdog just twice in the last 10, losing 1-4 at Colorado but winning in Vegas 4-2 with a payout of +150.
The Oilers aren’t playing their best hockey right now though, having lost two in a row and wrapping up a 4-game home stand with a mark of just 1-2-1. As stated, Edmonton is still in 1st though and is a respectable 10-6-1 on the road this year.
Connor McDavid hasn’t scored a goal in any of his last 5 games. Overall the Oilers offense has been in a struggle scoring 2 goals or less in 6 of their last 10. The Oilers are 2nd to last in SOG / game with just 28.5.
Edmonton has gone 7-3 in their last 10 road games and is 8-3 in their last 11 as an underdog. Edmonton went with Mikko Koskinen on Tuesday, but he served up 6 goals on on 32 shots at home vs. Carolina.
Does Dave Tippett go with Koskinen or Mike Smith in net on Thursday? Smith is 4-5-1 in his last 10 appearances and has the extra 2 days rest. He’s also been between the pipes for road wins vs. Pittsburgh and Vegas this season.
Minnesota is definitely a Jekyll and Hyde team depending on where they play their game. They are 7-11-2 on the road this season, but have a top 2 home record in all of hockey with a 7-1-3 mark.
All that being said about home success, Minnesota did drop a game at the xCel Energy Center on Tuesday in a 2-3 SO loss to 2nd-to-last-place Anaheim. The Wild were also bitten by the injury bug in that game as Eric Staal left early.
It’s not as if Staal has had the best season in his long career (8 goals, 13 assists) but he had two of Minnesota’s 3 goals in the shutout win over Edmonton back in late October.
Minnesota has a great record at home, but the loss of Staal leaves them even more short handed. This is a team already dealing with the losses of Mikko Koivo and Jared Spurgeon over the past week. Not to mention G Devan Dubnyk has been out since mid-November for personal reasons.
NHL Betting Trends:
- Oilers are 7-3 last 10 road games
- Oilers are 2-5 last 7 overall
- Wild are 5-2 last 7 overall
- Oilers are 7-24 last 31 in Minnesota
Free Minnesota Wild vs. Edmonton Oilers NHL Prediction:
The price is just way too high for Minnesota in this one despite the fact they are on their home ice. Edmonton still has a 1st place team’s mentality and any time you can get them as an underdog it’s hard not to pull the trigger.
4* Free NHL Betting Pick: Oilers +120
Minnesota is great at home, but they also have a lot of injuries mounting.
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