The NHL’s Canadian division rolls on Sunday evening as the lowly Ottawa Senators will take a trip to the beautiful province of Alberta, to lock horns with the Edmonton Oilers on Sunday evening.
Ottawa is coming off a poor run of things in Vancouver over the past week, dropping three straight games to a Canucks team that isn’t supposed to be much better than them. Though the Sens did a decent job of generating chances and shots at even strength, Ottawa struggled mightily at keeping pucks out. Against Edmonton’s world-class talent, they’ll need to be more aware of their defensive structure.
For the Oilers, it has been a thoroughly inconsistent start to their season thus far. Though they escaped with a fortunate overtime victory last night against the Leafs, this is a team that still isn’t playing to their potential. Poor secondary scoring, lackadaisical defending, and inconsistent goaltending from an unproven tandem, might just leave this team on the outside looking in come playoff time. If they are to continue finding success, they’ll need to rectify those issues in a big way against the lowly Senators.
With both teams having a knack of porous defensive play and structure, we should see some goals and chances at both ends of the ice in this late-night showdown. Can the Sens shake off a tough stretch in Vancouver? Or will the Oilers’ stars continue to surge on the North’s leakiest group? Read on beneath the posted odds for our take on those questions, as well as betting analysis for Edmonton vs. Ottawa on Sunday night.
Edmonton Oilers vs. Ottawa Senators Betting Odds:
Ottawa Senators (+170)
Edmonton Oilers (-190)
Over 6.5 (-115)
Under 6.5 (-105)
*Betting odds provided by BetOnline.ag
Edmonton Oilers vs. Ottawa Senators Pick:
Waiting for lineup confirmations has certainly be crucial to finding success in the NHL so far this year, and this showdown between the Oilers and Senators is proving to be no different.
After some mis-reporting, it’s expected that the Oilers will turn to rookie Stuart Skinner in goal, while the Sens will go with Matt Murray. This will be Skinner’s first-ever NHL start, though whether or not he’ll find success playing in front of Edmonton’s leaky defense, remains to be seen.
The Oilers are generating offense, but also conceding a ton as well. They gave up many chances and odd-man rushes in a two-game set to Toronto, and though Ottawa doesn’t boast that firepower, their stats indicate they aren’t nearly as bad as their current record shows. On a back-to-back, the Sens can pounce on Edmonton’s tired legs and really pepper an unproven Skinner. Skinner has spent the past two seasons split between the AHL/ECHL, having never exceeded a .900 save percentage.
For Ottawa, it’s clearly going to be a long season, and though goaltender Matt Murray was quite excited for a fresh start on a new team, he might already be regretting that. Murray is getting shelled nightly in between the pipes, and with all of the chances Ottawa is conceding, his save percentage is hovering in the. 850’s. Not a good mark at all for a goalie who was once considered one of the best in the game. Making matters worse tonight for the Sens is the fact that they’ll be without their top defenseman and player in Thomas Chabot. Chabot is reportedly injured, though it’s not expected to keep him out long-term.
With McDavid and Draisatl roaming free against a poor-checking Sens team, expect fireworks and offense in what is definitely going to be a wide-open game, filled with defensive miscues and shoddy netminding. Both sides will have trouble stifling the other, and with Edmonton’s legs tired from last night’s overtime clash vs. Toronto, the Sens might just be a live underdog. The better value lies on this game being played like some classic pond hockey shinny. It’ll be wide-open throughout, and both teams can be expected to trade high-danger chances. It’s a lofty total, but the over 6.5 goals seems fitting for this Sunday night showdown.