Edmonton Oilers vs NY Rangers
Edmonton Oilers is the worst team in the Western Conference with just 7 wins, 18 losses and 5 OT losses. They have managed to score only 65 goals and conceded 115 in 30 games so far. They are also having another loosing-streak going on as they have lost against San Jose (5-2) and Anaheim Ducks both away (2-1) and at home (2-4). In addition to their defensive problems, Edmonton obviously have trouble scoring goals as well. They have gone five games in a row without scoring more than two goals, and only produced 17 goals in their last 11 matches this season. However, they have done much better against Eastern teams (6 wins-3 losses - 1 OT loss) rather than Western teams (1 win – 15 losses – 4 OT losses).
New York Rangers (13 wins – 10 losses – 4 OT losses) took a strong win against one of the best teams in the Western Conference lately, after beating Vancouver Canucks 1-5. They also beat Pittsburgh Penguins in a OT in the game before, meaning that New York Rangers could copy their best winning streak this season with three straight wins if they are best tonight.
Both of teams will make a goaltender-change to this match. For Edmonton, Ben Scrivens will replace Viktor Fasth, just the way he did in the 2nd period against Anaheim on Friday. Scrivens made seven saves and did not concede either against The Ducks. He has a total GAA 3.24 and SV% .887 in 15 games so far. Cam Talbot is likely to replace Henrik Lundquist as it is a back-to-back match tonight. Talbot has a GAA 2.34 and a SV% .921 in his seven games this season.
It is a difficult game to predict really even if Edmonton has been quite terrible so far. The Oilers has some good statistics against the Eastern teams as mentioned and The Rangers have often conceded around three goals in many of their matches so far. With that being said, The Oilers are struggling a lot with getting an advantage of their power play’s making it hard for them to get any more than two goals tonight as well. I think that the current evil circle will continue for the hosts and I pick Edmonton Oilers under 2,5 goals.
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