The NHL is set up with another great slate of hockey on October 27. Five games will be up on the board throughout Wednesday night. One of these matchups will be between the Philadelphia Flyers and the Edmonton Oilers. These two teams have opened up this season strong and will look for a big win in this one. This game will drop the puck at around 10:00 PM Eastern time on TNT.
Philadelphia has earned a record of 2-1-1 to open up this season, which has them sitting in last place of the Metropolitan division. The Flyers are coming off a loss in their last matchup and will look to pick it up on Wednesday night. Philadelphia is coming off a disappointing season last season and are looking to erase it with a strong start.
The Oilers have posted a 5-0-0 record so far this season, which has them sitting in the top spot of the Pacific division. Edmonton has opened up this season really strong on offense and will look to keep it going. The Oilers were swept in the first round of the playoffs a season ago. Now Edmonton will look to turn it around this season.
These two teams will look for a pivotal win on Wednesday night. The Flyers have not played many games, but need to pick it up if they want to keep pace in the Metropolitan division. Edmonton will look to remain undefeated with a win. If either team can come out strong, it could be enough for the win in this one.
The following odds are courtesy of BetOnline:
|Philadelphia Flyers||+1 ½ (-155)||+161||Over 6 ½ (-128)|
|Edmonton Oilers||-1 ½ (+135)||-179||Under 6 ½ (+116)|
|Team Data||Philadelphia Flyers||Edmonton Oilers|
|Away/ Home Record||0-0-0||3-0-0|
|Goals Per Game||4.50||4.60|
|Goals Per Game Away/ Home||–||4.33|
|Save Percentage Away/ Home||–||.926|
- 78-67 in last 145 games
- 4-4 in last eight games with three or more days rest
- 12-14 in last 26 non-Conference games
- 29-24 in last 53 games after allowing four or more goals
- 25-16 in last 41 games after losing by two or more goals
- 10-6 in last 16 games after three straight home games
- 78-62 in last 140 games
- 4-6 in last 10 games with three or more days rest
- 49-37 in last 86 games after divisional matchup
- 17-10 in last 27 non-Conference games
- 23-23 in last 26 games after winning by two or more goals
- 32-27 in last 59 games after scoring four or more goals
- 7-10 in last 17 games after three straight wins
These two teams have not met up since the 2019-20 season. Edmonton hosted the first matchup of the season on October 16. Connor McDavid had a goal and four assists, while Leon Draisaitl had two goals and an assist. The Oilers were able to dominate for a 6-3 win. Edmonton will look to keep it up with another win in this meeting.
G A M E D A Y
The #Oilers return to action with a home matchup vs. the Flyers at 8pm MT!
— Edmonton Oilers (@EdmontonOilers) October 27, 2021
The Flyers have been strong on special teams early in the season. Philadelphia has scored on 4 of their 11 power play attempts, which is a 36.4 percent success rate. The Flyers have killed off 13 of their opponents 16 power play chances, which is an 81.3 percent penalty kill.
Edmonton has been really strong on special teams as well to open up the season. The Oilers have capitalized on 8 of their 17 power play opportunities, which is a 47.1 percent power play. Edmonton has given up 2 power play goals on 17 penalties against, which is an 88.2 percent kill rate.
These two teams have been strong on special teams to open up the season. Philadelphia is 3rd on the power play, while the Oilers are 1st with a man advantage. The Flyers are ranked 16th on the penalty kill and Edmonton is 6th in the NHL. If either team can come out strong on the power play in this one, it could be enough for the win.
Carter Hart will likely get the start in the crease for Philadelphia in this one. Hart has earned a record of 1-1-1 in his first three starts this season. He has put up a .914 save percentage and a GAA of 2.64 in those outings. Hart’s last start was against the Florida Panthers. He finished with 27 saves on 30 shots in the losing effort.
I expect Mikko Koskinen to get the nod in the net for the Oilers on Wednesday night. Koskinen has gone 3-0-0 in his matchups on the season. He has posted a save percentage of .943 and a 2.03 GAA in his starts. Koskinen stopped 36 of 39 shots in his last nod against the Vegas Golden Knights, which was enough for the win.
These two goalies have been strong to open up this season. Koskinen has done a great job stepping up for Mike Smith who went down with injury against the Arizona Coyotes. Hart has picked up his play after a down season last year. If either goalie can control the pace early, it could be enough for the win on Wednesday night.
The Oilers have been perfect to open up this season, but I think that Philadelphia can hand them their first loss of the season in this one. The Flyers can match Edmonton’s special teams so far and have a strong goalie in the crease. Koskinen has been strong to open up this season, but I do not think he can hold up these numbers as the season goes along.
BetOnline has Edmonton listed as a -179 against the money line in this one. This implies that the Oilers will win this game around 64.2 percent of the time. I think that this line should be closer to even as Philadelphia matches up well in this one. If the Flyers can get going early, I think they can hand Edmonton their first loss of the season.