Oilers vs. Hurricanes Pick – NHL March 8th

The Edmonton Oilers and Carolina Hurricanes take the ice Sunday afternoon in a game pretty much only fit for a sports bettor. I can’t tell you that many people are going to be spending their Sunday afternoon watching the Oilers and Hurricanes except gamblers. Sometimes ugly looking games are the easiest money. Like I always say, it doesn’t matter whether I win money off the Edmonton Oilers and Carolina Hurricanes game or the Super Bowl. It is all money in the end and you can spend it the same way you could on the Super Bowl money. With that said, the Oilers and Hurricanes are just looking to play this season out and head into the offseason with some good vibes heading into next year. In the case of Edmonton, they should just throw the rest of the season and bolster their chances at a higher draft pick. They’ve had high draft picks in recent years, but they haven’t been able to pay off for them yet. Maybe a top prospect added to the organization will change that scenario, but they still have a lot of work to do.

They have been looking for a goalie for years now and today they aren’t going to have their net-minder of the future in net. Actually, Richard Bachman may not have much of a future with any team let alone the Oilers. Bachman, in his fifth year in the league, has primarily played spot duty with the Stars and Oilers. In five years he only has 26 starts credited to himself with a career 3.02 GAA. Starter Viktor Fasth isn’t the long term solution, neither is Ben Scrivens, so the Oilers have work to do in finding a franchise goaltender. Something they really haven’t had since maybe Curtis Joseph. Fasth has been put on the IR, so it’ll be the responsibility of Bachman and Fasth to finish the season up. I don’t like the sounds of that. However, if you’re an Oilers fan, isn’t that what you want, more losses?

Edmonton Oilers @ Carolina Hurricanes

The question is if it will be a loss today in Carolina. That is what I am concerned with at the moment. Bachman has only appeared in two games this season, he hasn’t had a start yet until today. He enters with a GAA of 6.75 combined in those two games. The only year he had less than a 3.00 GAA was in 2011-12 with the Stars. Bachman hasn’t had much of a chance in his career. He played behind a bad Stars’ defense in Dallas and now is in Edmonton where they have had problems in their own right. This season the Oilers own the 27th best defense in the NHL. They are allowing an average of 3.23 goals per game. That has to improve for them to be a competitive team next season. Although, the offense hasn’t been much better for them, as they are 28th in the NHL in scoring. Scoring wise, the Oilers are netting only 2.17 goals a game.

The Canes will try and slow down the “juggernaut” Oilers’ offense with Cam Ward in net. Ward has had a Cam Ward type season. Not Team Canada Cam Ward, but 2013-2015 Cam Ward. He comes in against the Oilers sporting a GAA of 2.43 on the season, which is actually one of the best campaigns he has had in his career which dates back to 2005. If he finishes with a 2.43 GAA it’ll be the best season of his career. His best to this point came in 2008-2009 with a 2.44 GAA. Bachman vs. Ward seems like a mismatch to me. I can’t say laying the PL on the Hurricanes frequently is going to fetch much dollars, but against the Oilers in this spot I am going to pull the trigger at +164.