Leon Draisaitl, Connor McDavid, and the Edmonton Oilers will do battle against Nick Schmaltz, Phil Kessel, and the Arizona Coyotes at Gila River Arena in a Pacific Division showdown. The opening face-off takes place at 8 p.m. ET on Sunday, November 24, and you can witness it live on Sportsnet.
Edmonton Oilers at Arizona Coyotes Odds
Edmonton is 15-10 straight up (SU) and has netted 4.5 units for moneyline bettors this year. Through 25 regular season contests, 12 of its games have gone over the total, while 11 have gone under and just one has pushed. This 2019-20 Oilers team is 8-6 SU on the road.
Edmonton enters the match up with the first-best power-play unit in the NHL, as it’s converted on 31.5 percent of its extra-man chances this season. Additionally, its penalty kill is ranked second overall, and the team’s successfully killed off a whopping 87.7 percent of its penalties..
Boasting a .921 save percentage and 27.0 saves per game, Mikko Koskinen (8-5-2) has been the best option in goal for Edmonton this season. If head coach Dave Tippett chooses to rest him, however, Edmonton could roll with Mike Smith (7-7-1 record, .911 save percentage, 2.66 goals against average).
On the other bench, Arizona is 14-10 straight up (SU) and has earned moneyline bettors 2.8 units this season. Through 24 regular season outings, 15 of its games have gone under the total, while seven have gone over and just one has pushed. It’s 6-5 SU at home this season.
The Coyotes have converted on just 17.6 percent of their power play opportunities this season, a mark that’s right around league average. On the other hand, its penalty kill is ranked 18th overall, and it’s successfully killed off 81.4 percent of all opponent power plays.
Darcy Kuemper (27.9 saves per game) has been the top option in goal for the Coyotes. Kuemper has nine wins and six losses to his name and has maintained a solid 1.93 goals against average and a .935 save percentage this season.
Edmonton Oilers vs. Arizona Coyotes Betting Predictions
Free Pick: SU Winner – Oilers
Eight of Edmonton’s last ten games have been decided by two goals or more. The team is 5-3 in those games.
The Oilers are 7-2 in games where they serve fewer penalty minutes than their opponent and 10-8 when they’re in the penalty box for fewer than 10 minutes, total.
Arizona is 3-0 in games decided by a shootout this season while Edmonton is 1-1 in shootouts.
Edmonton has averaged 8.8 giveaways over its last five home games, an improvement from its season average of 11.2 giveaways per game (ranked 21st in the NHL).
Arizona is ranked 11th this season with 9.5 giveaways per game. That figure has trended lower lately, however, as the team’s averaged 8.2 giveaways over its last 10 games and 8.2 giveaways over its last five.
Edmonton skaters have accounted for the 12th-most hits in the league (22.4 per game).