Edmonton Oilers (5-9 SU, 6-8 PL, 6-8-0 O/U) vs New Jersey Devils (9-5 SU, 7-7 PL, 9-4-1 O/U)
When: 7:05 PM EST, Thursday, November 9, 2017
Where: Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey
Lines: Edmonton -125/New Jersey +105
The Pacific Division meets the Metropolitan Division this evening as the Edmonton Oilers pay a visit to the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey to rumble with the New Jersey Devils. The Oilers come in off a 2-1 OT road win over the Islanders, while the Devils are off a 3-1 home loss to the Blues. Goalie Probables: The Oilers will be sending out Cam Talbot and the Devils will counter with Cory Schneider.
Oilers Grab Huge Road Win Against The Isles
The Edmonton Oilers are still trying to find their footing this year as they have gone just 5-9 overall and have yet to win two games in a row. They have a chance to do so in this game as they come in off a very nice road 2-1 road win over the Islanders in OT. There was no scoring in the first period and the teams traded goals within the first five minutes of the 2nd period. It stayed tied at 1-1 until Connor McDavid scored just 38 seconds into the OT period to win the game. It was his 6th of the year. Also scoring in the win was Leon Draisaitl, which was his 4th of the year. It was a much-needed win for them and it should give them some confidence moving forward as they were taking on a hot team. The Oilers are 2-3 on the road for the year so far. Cam Talbot had a strong outing in the win over the Islanders as he stopped 36 of the 37 shots that he faced to move to 5-8 with a 2.99 GAA and a .903 save percentage on the year overall, including 2-3 with a 2.05 GAA and a .937 GAA on the road. In his career, he has gone 50-45 with a 2.28 GAA on the road and 12-16 with a 2.57 GAA during the month of November, plus he is 23-20 with a 2.24 GAA against the Metro Division, while against the Devils in his career he has gone 4-1 with a 1.98 GAA.
The Oilers have been a poor offensive team so far as they come in ranked 31st in the league in scoring at 2.31 gpg, while also ranking 3rd in shots taken (36.9 spg) and 26th in power play conversions, converting on 14.0% of their chances. At the defensive end of the ice, they come in ranked 21st in the league in goals allowed, giving up 3.10 gpg, while also ranking 15th in shots allowed (31.9 spg) and 31st in penalty kill, allowing teams to convert on 30.4% of their chances.
Devils Stumble To 3rd Loss In A Row
The New Jersey Devils may not be who they appeared to be earlier in the year. They started out fast with a 9-2 record through their first 11 games, but after falling at home to the Blues by a score of 3-1, they have now lost their last three games in a row. Their offense was hot in the beginning as they averaged 4.00 gpg through their first seven games, but they have now averaged just 2.57 gpg over their last seven games. That offense really had a tough time against the Blues as all they could muster was the one and just 22 shot attempts. Not going to get it done in the league these days. Scoring their lone goal was Blake Coleman, which was his 2nd of the year and it came just 3:35 into the game to give the Devils a 1-0 lead. They just couldn’t do anything the rest of the way. Taking the loss against the Blues was Cory Schneider, who allowed two goals on 39 shot attempts to fall to 6-3 with a 2.98 GAA and a .919 save percentage on the year, including 4-1 with a 3.03 GAA and a .918 save percentage here at home. In his career, he has gone 82-74 with a .214 GAA in his home games and 23-28 with a 2.25 GAA during the month of November, plus he is 36-33 with a 2.24 GAA against the Pacific Division, while against the Oilers in his career he has gone 7-6 with a 1.98 GAA.
New Jersey enters this contest ranked 7th in the league in scoring at 3.40 gpg, while also ranking 27th in shots taken (29.5 spg) and 8th in power play conversions, converting on 23.4% of their chances. At the defensive end of the ice, they have been a bit below average in the early going as they come in ranked 22nd in goals allowed, giving up 3.13 gpg, while also ranking 30th in shots allowed (35.4 spg) and 16th in penalty kill, allowing teams to convert on 19.4% of their chances.
- The Under is 11-4-1 in their last 16 vs. the Metropolitan
- The Under is 35-16-5 in their last 56 games following a win.
New Jersey is:
- The Under is 27-13-11 in their last 51 vs. a team with a winning % below .400
- The Under is 10-4-1 the last 15 games in this series
The Devils are reeling a bit at the moment, but the Oilers have yet to win two games in a row this year. The New Jersey offense has been sputtering as they have averaged just 2.57 gpg over their last seven games and that may not get a whole lot better as Cam Talbot has a 1.98 GAA in his career against the Devils. The Oilers have struggled to score all year so far and they will be taking on Cory Schneider, who has 1.98 GAA in his career against them. Scoring has been up this year and Devil home games have averaged 6.00 gpg, but we also note that Edmonton road games have averaged just 3.40 gpg. With struggling offenses going up against a couple of goalies that have had their number over the year, I will look for a low scoring game in this one.