Edmonton Oilers vs Detroit Red Wings Expert NHL Picks Against the Spread 10/29/2019
Tuesday, October 29, 2019
Little Ceasars Arena
Little Ceasars Arena is the venue where Jimmy Howard and the Detroit Red Wings (3-8-1, 8th in the Atlantic Division) will play the Edmonton Oilers (8-3-1, 1st in the Pacific Division) on Tuesday. The line on this game has the Oilers priced at -135 and the Red Wings are at +122. The over/under opens at 6. The Oilers cover 63.6% of the time, having gone 7-4 SU. Detroit is covering 25.0% of the time, going 3-9 straight up.
The Edmonton Oilers head into this game holding a record of 8 wins and 3 losses, which puts them at 1st in the Pacific Division. So far this season, they have scored a total of 36 goals which puts them at 5th in the West and 13th in the league. Their goal differential is +4, which puts them at 14th in the league. The Oilers have compiled a total of 17 pts, which puts them at 5th in the league and 2nd in the conference. When it comes to shots toward the net, they have compiled a total of 335 which puts them at 11th in the West and 23rd in the league. As a group, Edmonton has a total of 193 hits which has them averaging 16.1 per game. They have compiled a total of 149 blocks for the season. The man protecting the net for Edmonton is Mike Smith from Kingston, Ontario. He is 37 years old and has totaled 386 minutes minding the net for the season. Smith is surrendering an average of 2.49 goals against average which has him ranking 9th among West goaltenders and 14th among goaltenders in the NHL. For the year, he's allowed 16 goals. His save % is .914 which has him ranking 12th among West goaltenders.
The Edmonton Oilers will look for better times on the ice after their 6 - 2 defeat to the Florida Panthers in their previous game. The Oilers could have played much better offensively in the defeat. In their game, they finished 2 out of the 26 shots they put on goal. Moreover, they had 3 power play opportunities and scored 1 goal out of those tries. Edmonton earned a total of 2 penalty mins in this game. The Corsi for the Oilers was 41 and the Corsi against was 41 which means they earned a Corsi percentage of 50.0%. Their Fenwick was 30 and the Fenwick against sat at 30, meaning they had a rate of 50.0%. They earned 21 face-off wins at even strength and lost 22 attempts to control the puck. Their offensive zone starts came in at 53.6% and they had a PDO of 80.2 in this game. In discussing stats from the opponent, the Florida Panthers racked up a total of 29 shots. They finished with 6 minutes in the box and they had 1 power play chance.
The Red Wings are the team looking to add points to their total and for the campaign they have 3 victories and 8 losses. Regarding goal differential, they are ranked 16th in the Eastern Conference and 30th in the league with -18. They currently have a total of 27 goals for this season which ranks them 15th in the conference. Detroit has a team save % of .887 which currently has them ranked 26th in the league, which means there could be plenty of chances to score if they are aggressive. They have a team shooting percentage of 7.1% which puts them at 16th in the Eastern Conference. In net for Detroit is Jimmy Howard who is having a tough season by giving up 3.59 goals per game and that has him ranked 22nd among Eastern Conference goalies and 40th among goaltenders in the NHL. In the 351 minutes he has been on the ice this season, he's surrendered 21 goals. He's earned a save percentage of .901, which puts him at 18th among Eastern Conference goalies and 32nd among goaltenders in the NHL.
The Detroit Red Wings opposed the St. Louis Blues in a matchup where the Red Wings took the loss by a mark of 5 - 4. For this game, Detroit went home with a 66.7% Corsi rating. They got to that percentage by earning a Corsi of 48 and their opponent having a Corsi of 24. They earned a Fenwick percentage of 64.8% by way of having a Fenwick of 35 and the Blues earning a 19 Fenwick. This Corsi rating is telling of the kind of game that Detroit played and they put on a good performance in this one. They had a PDO of 82.5 and they finished this one with an oZS percentage of 78.6%. The Red Wings netted 4 goals out of the 33 shots on goal they attempted. They had 3 power play attempts in this game and netted 1 out of those tries. Regarding their opponent, the Blues had 4 power play attempts and took advantage of the situation by scoring 2 goals. Detroit allowed 20 shots on goal and the Blues ended up with a total of 6 penalty minutes.
Who will win tonight's NHL game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take Edmonton (-135)
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