Every team begins the grueling NHL season with the hopes of doing enough to make the playoffs. Once the postseason begins, anything can happen, which is why the focus in on just getting there. Winning the division is the clearest path to the playoffs, not to mention a guarantee that a team will have home ice advantage in at least one serious. Most teams will tell you that the best way to ensure a division win is to have a stellar record at home. Any team that turns their building into a fortress, and who maintains a decent record on the road, will have a better than average shot at making it into the postseason as a high seed. It’s early in the season still, but the Edmonton Oilers are having themselves an excellent start to the year, setting the tone at home by going unbeaten. They will have an opportunity to extend that run when the Philadelphia Flyers come into town to play their second game in consecutive nights. The Oilers are favored by 1 ½ on home ice, with the O/U for this one set at 6.
When: Wednesday, October 16 at 9:30 PM EST
Where: Rogers Place, Edmonton
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Why bet on the Philadelphia Flyers
Back in the day, a road trip through Alberta usually resulted in back to back losses for the visiting team. It is becoming that way again, as the Calgary Flames and the Edmonton Oilers now both have very strong teams. The Flyers may be about to find that out the hard way, as they come into this one on the heels of a 3-1 loss to the Flames on Tuesday night. That means that the Flyers are still yet to get a win on the road, going 0-1-1 in their two games away from home. That is a trend that actually started last season, with Philly now winless in 6 straight road games. They are also just 1-4 SU in their last 5 games versus teams from the Western Conference. The Flyers are 0-2-1 as an underdog this season.
Why bet on the Edmonton Oilers
Two seasons ago, a young Oilers team led by Connor McDavid stormed into the playoffs and made a deep run, prompting many to believe that they would take another big step forward last year. That was not the case, though, as the Oilers totally underwhelmed. It’s early, but there are signs that this revamped Edmonton squad might just be for real again this year. They have started the season with a 5-1 record, with their first loss of the year coming in their last outing, a 3-1 defeat at the hands of the Chicago Blackhawks. Prior to that defeat, the Oilers were averaging more than 4 GPG, so look at that loss as perhaps a minor blip on the radar. In 5 of the last 6 meetings between these two in Edmonton, the total has gone OVER.
Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction
It’s never easy to play games in back to back nights on the road, especially when both games are against very good teams. I like the Oilers to win and regain their scoring touch.
Philadelphia Flyers 3 Edmonton Oilers 5