NHL Preview and Free Pick: Edmonton Oilers vs. Pittsburgh Penguins
There are only two games on the NHL docket, but one of them is a nationally televised affair which looks
to be more than worthy of our attention. The Edmonton Oilers head to Pittsburgh to take on the Penguins
in a meeting of two teams which have had their fair share of struggles of late.
Date/Time/TV: Weds. Feb.13, 8:00 PM EST, NBCSN
Money Line: Edmonton Oilers +170, Pittsburgh Penguins -200
The Oilers have just one win over their last eight and desperately need to turn things around if they
have any hopes of a playoff berth. For the season, the team is 24-26-5. They’re currently in 13th
place in the Western Conference with 53 points, six points behind the 8th place Minnesota Wild.
The Penguins snapped a four-game losing streak with a 4-1 road victory over the Philadelphia Flyers
on Monday. The team ripped off an eight-game winning streak from December into January, but they
have cooled considerably since then. Pittsburgh is in 8th place in the Eastern Conference with 65
points and a record of 29-20-7.
Edmonton is just 3-5-2 (7-3 O/U) over its last 10. The team is average on the road at 12-11-4 thus
far. They picked up a 4-1 victory over Minnesota in their last road contest, but they are 2-3 in their
last five away games.
It’s looking like Mikko Koskinen will be in net this evening. He’s 14-11-2 with a 2.89 GAA and .906
save percentage. Koskinen is winless in his last five starts with 17 goals allowed. Connor McDavid
leads the way in points with 81 and in assists with 50. Leon Draisaitl is the top goal scorer with 32.
Pittsburgh is 4-5-1 (4-6 O/U) over the last 10 contests. The club is solid at home with a record of 15-
10-2 to date. The Penguins are 3-2 in their last five road games and were shutout their last time on
the home ice by the Carolina Hurricanes to the tune of 4-0.
Matt Murray has the probable tag for the game. He’s 16-9-1 with a 2.89 GAA and .914 save
percentage. Murray has allowed 15 goals over his last five while going 2-3. Sidney Crosby is tops in
points with 65. Jake Guentzel leads the way in goals with 27, while Evgeni Malkin has the team lead
in helpers with 42.
Oilers vs. Penguins Prediction
Pittsburgh has won the last five meetings in a row in this series. They traveled to Edmonton back in
October and skated away with a 6-5 OT victory. The Penguins got off the schneid on Monday with
an impressive win over a Flyers squad which has been red-hot. The Oilers are slogging through
what’s teetering on the edge of being a lost season. We like the hosts to get the job done and to pick
up the win.
Edmonton Oilers vs. Pittsburgh Penguins Pick: Pittsburgh Penguins -200