Jets vs. Oilers Pick – NHL December 21st

The Edmonton Oilers have some work to do, there is no doubt. But the progress they have made from a year ago has been impressive. And note that the Oilers have been playing pretty decent hockey without the services of Connor McDavid for a good chunk of the season. In the time that McDavid was playing, he gave Oilers’ fans plenty of reasons to be optimistic about. He scored 5 goals and had 7 assists in his first month of action. The injury derailed a promising rookie season, which was ultimately looking like was going to earn him rookie of the year honors. But McDavid is back on skates already, and is on pace to come back ahead of schedule. Good news for McDavid and the Oilers. It was a brutal hit against the boards that knocked him out, but he’s lucky that he didn’t suffer anything that will keep him out long term. The Oilers have been keeping up without him, but I imagine they would be more than 14-18-2 at the moment.

Both the Jets and Oilers have been up and down. They can catch hot runs and then real cold dry spells as well. Just look at the Oilers who recently had a six game win streak going. During that time, the Oilers averaged 3.8 goals per game. Now they find themselves on a three game losing streak. The script has been flipped rather quickly for the Oilers. It is to be expected there will be growing pains with such a young team. They should just be thankful that there is a competitive team on the ice again. A long ways off from competing in the playoffs. But maybe next season with a healthy McDavid they can pull something off like the Flames did a year ago? Who knows, we will see.

Winnipeg Jets vs. Edmonton Oilers NHL Pick

The Jets are the same thing as the Oilers. They are difficult to put a finger on. The Jets are going to need to improve through the draft and trades. Not many free agents are going to want to play in Winnipeg willingly. It’s a small market that routinely gets overlooked outside of Canada. The Jets have a strong following of fans, so I don’t think it is necessarily fair, but they will always be bound by geography. The Jets are out to a 15-15-1 season, so like I said, they are hard to get a grip on. Defensively in any case, they have been lacking. Allowing 3 goals per game which ranks near the back of the NHL.

The Oilers have shared the same problem, as their defense has been lacking as well. Edmonton has allowed 3.09 goals per game. In todays NHL, that is behind the average in the league. Both teams surrender over 30 shots per game as well. But the Jets have been scoring lately, scoring 3.20 goals on average in their last ten games. The Oilers have allowed 3.10 goals their last ten games, and 4.3 in their last three games. It looks like an OVER 5.5 to me.

PICK: OVER 5.5 GOALS (-110)