The Edmonton Oilers hope a trip on the road can fix what ails them. The Oilers haven’t gotten off to an ideal start, not the kind of start that many people predicted. If you haven’t been following hockey, who do you think would have a better record at this point: the Golden Knights or Oilers? The correct answer is of course the Golden Knights, who have 8 wins to the Oilers measly 4-8-1 record.
That’s not how it was supposed to go with the dynamic Connor McDavid in his third-year in the NHL. For a superstar, the third-year is supposed to be the breakout year for his team. McDavid has already had his coming out party, but the team is still waiting to get over that hump and hit the next level. In the standings, they achieved that point in 2016-17.
However, the Oilers fell to the Anaheim Ducks in an exciting seven-game series. They went 47-26-9 in the regular season, so they got over one hump, the next hump I’m talking about is going deep in the playoffs. With McDavid in their back pocket, anything less than winning a Stanley Cup during his career is going to be viewed as a failure.
He’s too good of a talent to go without a ring. It’s way too early to say that the Oilers are going to have a failure of a year. They could catch fire and suddenly be over .500 in November. There are teams at this juncture who haven’t turned it up yet. They really haven’t don’t much to instill much confidence in their fanbase, and it’s certainly a letdown after what they did a season ago. The Islanders have been playing pretty well, as they enter Tuesday night with a record of 8-5-0. They’ve been playing well and providing some entertaining games. We’ll see how they handle the Oilers and McDavid tonight. Head below for our free Oilers vs. Islanders pick.
Edmonton Oilers vs. N.Y. Islanders Pick
The Oilers arrive in Brooklyn winning just three of their last ten games. On a five-game homestand, the Oilers went just 2-3-0. That was a nice opportunity for them to break out of the funk and get on a run, but now they head on the road on a downswing. They’ll go and play the Devils after tonight, and then head to NYC for a meeting with the Rangers. They’re taking on a red hot Islanders’ offence tonight. The Isles have been tearing a hole through the net, averaging 3.79 goals per game on the year.
In their last four games at home, the Islanders have averaged 5.5 goals per game. Overall on the year, they’re scoring 5 goals per game at home. The Isles are now 2nd in the NHL in scoring. They continued their torrid pace with 6 goals against the Avalanche on Sunday. Cam Talbot has not been having a good season by any means. He owns a 3.17 GAA. Last season he was an integral part of the Oilers’ run, with a 2.39 GAA. Talbot must be better in net this year.
As far as the Islanders are concerned, they have to be better in all facets of the defensive zone. Before anyone takes them seriously, they must improve in the regard. The Isles are allowing 3.21 goals per game, 22nd in the NHL. The Oilers are right behind with 3.31 allowed per game. This could be a glorious opportunity for the Edmonton shooters to get on track. They may need it to keep up with the blazing hot Islanders’ offence.
PICK: OVER 5.5 (-120)