Edmonton Oilers vs Buffalo Sabres by 20Legend
Edmonton Oilers continued their impressive start to the season by beating Calgary Flames for the second time in two days. They had the initiative in the first game even with Calgary Flames equalizing the game twice. The Oilers lead by Connor McDavid sealed the win in the end in a hockey game that finished 7-4. The second game was giving us the same vibes as the first game as it was close, but Edmonton who got away with the points in the end. However, it was the Flames that opened best in the first period by leading 2-1. With that being said, it was Connor McDavid who scored for the Oilers, and it marked a statement of that he had more to offer in this game. The Oilers completely outshoot the Flames during the second period with 10 against 3 shots at goal. However, they were only able to score once when Jonathan Eberle equalized through a powerplay. McDavid took the role as the assistmaker together with Draistl. The rest of the period was quite physical with powerplays to both teams and while the Oilers produced shots, the Flames did not managed to be a threat at all in this period.
Things became more stabilized in the third period in terms of getting shots on goal, but it was Draistl and McDavid who turned it Edmonton Oilers’ way this time as well. Draistl made the third goal on powerplay with MdDavid having another assist, before Letestu scored a shorthanded goal. Calgary made it a game again once Jokipakka made it 3-4, but it was all going to be an away win with Draistl netting his second goal of the night. Iiro Pakarinen and Ben Davidson are missing through injuries. Goaltender Cam Talbot is Edmonton Oilers’ starting goalie tonight.
Buffalo Sabers opened their season with a 4-1 loss against Montreal Canadiens. Matt Moulson was their only goal scorer in that match while goaltender Robin Lehner conceded four goals in 24 shots. The Sabres has been unlucky due to injuries on Jack Eichel (ankle) and Evander Kane (Broken ribs) already being set out for some time. In addition, right winger Kyle Okposo missed their opening game. Okposo is day-to-day, but it is expected that he will be back for tonight’s game. That will be important to Buffalo Sabres given Eichel and Kane being unavailable. Goaltender Robin Lehner is looking to get another chance between the pipes as well.
It is no doubt that we have seen more of Edmonton Oilers with two games versus Buffalo Sabres who has only played one game so far. However, Connor McDavid’s Oilers has really been impressive offensively, despite goaltender Cam Talbot giving up seven goals in his first two starts. The Sabres injury situation clearly hurts their offensive approach although Okposo will cover his part with his return. All in all, I still see great value in backing Edmonton Oilers to take their third straight win and give Sabres their second straight loss. The Oilers’ offense is red hot, while that is the visitor’s problem due to important injuries. The goaltending looked shaky against the Habs as well, which give me another reason to back the Oilers tonight with the odds giving solid value.