The NHL is set up with another great slate of hockey on December 18. Six games are up on the board throughout Saturday night. One of these matchups will be between the Edmonton Oilers and the Seattle Kraken. These two teams have had opposite starts, but will look for a big two points in this one. This game will drop the puck at around 10:00 PM Eastern time.
Edmonton has earned a record of 17-11-0 to start out this season, which has them sitting in fourth place of the Pacific division. The Oilers are coming off a win in their last game, which ended a six game losing streak. Edmonton is five points out of the top spot in the division. The Oilers will look to come out strong on the road in this one.
The Kraken have put up a record of 10-16-3 to open up the season, which has them in last place of the Pacific division. Seattle is coming off a loss in their last game and have dropped four of their last five. The Kraken will look to earn a big win in this matchup. I expect Seattle to come out fast at home on Saturday night.
These two teams are on opposite sides of the standings and will look for a big win in this one. The Oilers have been the better team on the season and are just getting out of a long losing streak. Seattle will look to pick up a big win of their own. If either team can come out fast on Saturday night, it could be enough for the win.
The following odds are courtesy of BetOnline:
|Edmonton Oilers||-1 ½ (+200)||-114||Over 6 (-113)|
|Seattle Kraken||+1 ½ (-240)||+103||Under 6 (+102)|
|Team Data||Edmonton Oilers||Seattle Kraken|
|Away/ Home Record||7-5-0||6-8-1|
|Goals Per Game||3.36||2.79|
|Goals Per Game Away/ Home||3.33||2.93|
|Save Percentage Away/ Home||.906||.876|
- 2-6 in December
- 4-1 on Saturday
- 7-2 against division opponents
- 4-5 after non-Conference game
- 5-4 after win by two goals or more
- 6-6 after scoring four goals or more
- 7-5 against team with losing record
- 2-5 in December
- 1-5 on Saturday
- 4-4 when playing on two days rest
- 2-6 against division opponents
- 3-4 after division game
- 6-9 after allowing four goals or more
- 1-5 after scoring one goal or less
- 7-9 against team with winning record
These two teams have met up twice throughout this season. The first meeting was in Edmonton on November 1. Leon Draisaitl had two goals and two assists. Mikko Koskinen stopped 27 of 29 shots as the Oilers earned a 5-2 win. Philipp Grubauer finished with 29 saves on 32 shots in the second matchup in Seattle as the Kraken earned a 4-3 win.
G A M E D A Y
We're back in Seattle for a matchup vs. the Kraken at 8pm MT.
— Edmonton Oilers (@EdmontonOilers) December 18, 2021
The Oilers have been great on special teams throughout this season. Edmonton scored on 28 of their 89 power play chances, which is a 31.5 percent power play. The Oilers have killed off 72 of their opponents 87 power play attempts, which is an 82.8 percent kill rate. Edmonton is 1st on the man advantage and 9th on the penalty kill.
Seattle has struggled a bit on the power play on the season. The Kraken have capitalized on 14 of their 79 power play opportunities, which is a 17.7 percent success rate. Seattle has given up 12 power play goals on 63 penalties against, which is an 81 percent penalty kill. The Kraken are 21st on the power play and 15th on the kill.
These two teams have been solid on the penalty kill this season, but Edmonton has the edge with their dangerous power play. The Oilers power play has cooled off a bit as of late, but will look to get back on track on Saturday night. If either team can get a power play goal or two, it could be enough for the win in this one.
I expect Mikko Koskinen to get the start in the crease for Edmonton in this one. Koskinen has played in 18 games this season, going 12-6-0 in those matchups. He has put up a save percentage of .902 and a 3.16 GAA in those outings. Koskinen’s last start was against the Toronto Maple Leafs. He stopped 20 of 25 shots in the losing effort.
Philipp Grubauer will likely get the nod in net for the Kraken on Saturday night. Grubauer has earned a record of 7-12-3 throughout his 22 starts this season. He has posted a .882 save percentage and a GAA of 3.29 in those games. Grubauer finished with 15 saves on 18 shots in his last start against the Anaheim Ducks, which was not enough for the win.
These two goalies have struggled a bit throughout this season. Koskinen and Grubauer have both lost their last four games. Koskinen has been slightly better on the season, while Grubauer has struggled since his Vezina Trophy nomination last season. If either goalie can come out strong in this one, it could be enough for the win.
These two teams have struggled throughout this season and will look for a big win in this one. Koskinen has struggled as of late, but I think he will earn a big win in this one. Grubauer has struggled as well on the season. Edmonton has the edge on special teams and in net, which I think will lead to their second consecutive win on Saturday night.
BetOnline has the Oilers listed as a -114 against the money line in this one. This implies that Edmonton will win this game around 53.3 percent of the time. I think that this line could be bigger with the Oilers being the better team. Edmonton split the first two games with the Kraken, but I think they will take the season series with a win on the road.