Edmonton Oilers vs Pittsburgh Penguins NHL Picks & Predictions 11/2/2019
Saturday, November 2, 2019
PPG Paints Arena
Mike Smith and the Edmonton Oilers (9-4-1, 1st in the Pacific Division) go to PPG Paints Arena on Saturday where they'll take on the Pittsburgh Penguins (8-5-0, 4th in the Metropolitan Division). The Oilers open this game at +144 while the Penguins are coming in at -160. The over/under opens at 6.5. The Oilers cover 61.5% of the time, having gone 8-5 SU. The Penguins cover 61.5% of the time, going 8-5 straight up.
The Edmonton Oilers head into this game holding a record of 9 wins and 4 defeats, which is good for 1st in the Pacific Division. So far this year, they have earned a total of 41 goals which has them sitting at 6th in the West and 14th in the NHL. Their goal differential is +5, which is good for 12th in the NHL. The Oilers have a total of 19 pts, which has them sitting at 4th in the NHL and 1st in the West. With regard to shots at the opposition, they have a total of 398 which has them sitting at 8th in the West and 15th in the NHL. As a team, Edmonton has earned a total of 222 hits which means they are averaging 15.9 per game. They have a total of 162 blocks for this season. In net for Edmonton is Mike Smith from Kingston, Ontario. He is 37 years old and has racked up 446 mins in goal for the campaign. Smith is surrendering an average of 2.29 goals against average which has him placed 4th among Western Conference goaltenders and 9th in the NHL among goaltenders. Over the course of this season, he has surrendered 17 goals. He's earned a save % of .919 which has him placed 8th among Western Conference goaltenders.
The Edmonton Oilers were on the winning side of the scoreboard with a 4 - 1 victory against the Columbus Blue Jackets in their last contest. The Oilers had a good offensive performance in the win. In this game, they scored on 4 of the 31 shots they put on goal. They also had 5 power play opportunities and notched 1 goal out of those attempts. Edmonton had 6 penalty mins in this game. The Corsi for the Oilers sat at 45 and the Corsi against was 22 giving them a Corsi percentage of 67.2%. Their Fenwick sat at 32 and the Fenwick against sat at 15, which means they earned a Fenwick percentage of 68.1%. They won 16 face-off wins and lost 20 of all total face-offs. Their offensive zone starts were rated at 53.8% and they had a PDO of 113.0 for this matchup. Concerning opponent stats, the Columbus Blue Jackets racked up a total of 24 shots. They had a total of 10 penalty minutes and they notched 3 power play attempts.
The Penguins will be looking to add points to their total and for the campaign they sit with 8 wins and 5 defeats. With reference to goal differential, they are ranked 2nd in the Eastern Conference and 3rd in the league with +15. They have earned a total of 46 goals for the season which puts them at 5th in the conference. Pittsburgh has a save percentage as a team of .920 which has them 7th in the league, meaning chances to score may be scarce. They have a team shooting percentage of 11.0% ranking them 5th in the Eastern Conference. In net for Pittsburgh is Matt Murray who is having an ok year by allowing 2.20 goals against average and that has him 3rd in the East and 6th among goalies in the NHL. In the 601 mins he has been on the ice this year, he's allowed 22 goals. He has a save % of .923, which places him at 6th in the East and 8th among goalies in the NHL.
The Pittsburgh Penguins squared up with the Philadelphia Flyers in a matchup where the Penguins got the victory by a final of 7 - 1. In their game, Pittsburgh earned a 56.1% Corsi rating. That percentage was had by earning a Corsi of 46 and the team opposite of them having a Corsi of 36. Their Fenwick percentage came in at 60.6% by notching a Fenwick of 40 and the Flyers earning a 26 Fenwick at even strength. These Corsi stats speak to the kind of game that Pittsburgh had and we'd say they played well overall. They had a PDO at even strength of 114.4 and they had an oZS percentage of 41.3%. The Penguins scored 7 goals of the 37 shots on goal they pursued. They had 3 power play attempts in this outing but weren't able to put one in the back of the net. Concerning the opposition, the Flyers had 4 power play attempts but weren't able to take advantage of it. Pittsburgh gave up 30 shots on goal and the Flyers earned 8 minutes in the box.
Who will win tonight's NHL game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take Pittsburgh (-160)
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