It has been a successful run of NHL picks so far for the first month of the season. Tuesdays are traditionally busy nights in the league, and we’ve got all of your on-ice betting needs covered at The Sports Geek.
One of the more intriguing match-ups on Tuesday night will be between the Edmonton Oilers and the Detroit Red Wings. Neither of these squads was supposed to be all that great in 2019-20, though the Oilers have gotten off to a red-hot start under new head coach Dave Tippett. Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl have been reunited on the same line, and that tandem has been tough to shut down.
For the Red Wings, it’s been a disappointing start but they’ve been close in many games. They’ve endured a fair share of one-goal losses, but their record is likely worse than it should be right now. The continued problem for the Wings is their lack of scoring right now beyond their top line. Don’t be surprised to see Detroit head coach Jeff Blashill re-arrange his lines for more balance on Tuesday.
This game should provide for an intriguing matchup, with the Wings looking to finally string some results together, and the Oilers looking to continue their hot start to the season. Read on below the odds for a detailed game preview and betting suggestion for the Oilers and Wings on a busy Tuesday night on the ice.
Edmonton Oilers vs. Detroit Red Wings Betting Odds:
Edmonton Oilers (-125)
@ Detroit Red Wings (+115)
Over 6 (-110)
Under 6 (+100)
Edmonton Oilers vs. Detroit Red Wings Pick:
Despite all of the early season success the Oilers have enjoyed their lofty record right now is a bit of a mirage. This team isn’t necessarily playing great hockey, and their insistence on giving up quality chances isn’t sustainable to winning over an 82-game season.
Detroit is right with Edmonton in terms of expected goals at 5-on-5, and have been trending upward the past week. They battled hard their last time out against the defending Stanley Cup Champions in St. Louis, and though Detroit knows the post-season is a long-shot, there’s a lot to like about this team competes on a nightly basis.
In tonight’s contest, expect the Wings to hold a decisive advantage having last change, ensuring they can get their top talents out against McDavid and Draisaitl. Having the like sof Dylan Larkin and Anthony Mantha go head-to-head with Edmonton’s best should at least limit that dynamic duo, and allow the rest of Detroit’s lines some offensive freedom.
Neither squad truthfully has much depth to their lineup, but the Oilers bottom-six forward group is atrocious. Expect the Wings coach Jeff Blashill to be able to exploit this and get some mismatches going when his team needs a goal. It should also be pointed out that Detroit will shift back to their usual starting goalie in Jimmy Howard, which should give the team some added confidence between the pipes.
Both of these teams are trending downward, though the Oilers’ drop feels inevitable given their lack of depth and playing style. The Wings compete and battle on a nightly basis, and as was seen in their last game – they can give even the toughest teams trouble. When the Oilers and Wings met earlier in the month, Edmonton snuck out a 2-1 victory, and now that the Red Wings host the Oilers, expect the tables to be turned. Look for the Red Wings to have a balanced scoring attack, en route to a home underdog win for Detroit.