Edmonton Oilers vs Minnesota Wild NHL Pick – April 12

The NHL is set up with another strong slate of hockey on April 12. Fourteen games are up on the board throughout Tuesday night. One of these games will be between the Edmonton Oilers and the Minnesota Wild. These two teams have been strong throughout the season and will look for a big win in this one. This game will drop the puck at around 8:00 PM Eastern time.

Edmonton has earned a record of 42-25-6 throughout this season, which has them sitting in second place of the Pacific division. The Oilers are coming off a loss in their last game, but had won six in a row before that. Edmonton has a four point lead on the third place Kings with a game in hand. The Oilers will look for a big win on the road in this one.

The Wild have put up a record of 44-21-6 so far this season, which has them in second place of the Central division. Minnesota is coming off a win in their last game and has won three of their last five. The Wild are tied for the second spot in the division, but have a game in hand. Minnesota will look to keep it going with a win at home.

These two teams have been strong throughout this season and will look for a big two points on Tuesday night. The Oilers have been red hot as of late, earning a point in seven straight games. Minnesota has been solid, but will look for a big win as they try to lock down the second seed. If either team can come out fast in this one, it could be enough for the win.

Game Overview

The following odds are courtesy of Bovada:

Teams Spread Money Line Total
Edmonton Oilers +1 ½ (-195) +120 Over 6 ½ (-115)
Minnesota Wild -1 ½ (+165) -140 Under 6 ½ (-105)

 

Team Data Edmonton Oilers Minnesota Wild
Overall Record 42-25-6 44-21-6
Away/ Home Record 19-13-5 25-7-2
Goals Per Game 3.44 3.63
Goals Per Game Away/ Home 3.30 4.00
Save Percentage .902 .904
Save Percentage Away/ Home .902 .904

Betting Trends

Edmonton Oilers

  • 4-1 in April
  • 6-7 on Tuesday nights
  • 9-3 when playing on two days rest
  • 6-5 after scoring one goal or less
  • 18-18 against team with a winning record

Minnesota Wild

  • 3-2 in April
  • 7-5 on Tuesday nights
  • 13-10 after a win by two or more goals
  • 18-17 after scoring four or more goals
  • 18-15 against team with a winning record

These two teams have met up twice throughout this season. Edmonton hosted the first game on December 7. Joel Eriksson Ek had a goal and an assist as the Wild earned a 4-1 win. The second game stayed in Edmonton on February 20. Kevin Fiala had two goals and an assist, while Matt Boldy and Mats Zuccarello each had a goal and an assist. Minnesota earned a 7-3 win on the road.

Special Teams

The Oilers have been strong on the power play throughout this season. Edmonton has scored on 54 of their 212 power play chances, which is a 25.5 percent success rate. The Oilers have killed off 174 of their 224 power play attempts, which is a 77.7 percent penalty kill. Edmonton is 4th on the power play and 21st on the kill this season.

Minnesota has had a solid power play on the season. The Wild have capitalized on 44 of their 215 power play opportunities, which is a 20.5 percent power play. Minnesota has given up 56 power play goals on 227 penalties against, which is a 75.3 percent kill rate. The Wild are 18th on the man advantage and 24th on the penalty kill.

These two teams have put up solid power play numbers throughout this season. Edmonton has been better on the man advantage throughout the season. The Wild have been solid, but will look for their power play to step up in this one. Both teams will look for their penalty kills to step up late in the season as they try to clinch a spot.

Goaltending Comparison

I expect Mike Smith to get the start in the crease for Edmonton in this one. Smith has earned a record of 11-9-2 throughout his 22 starts on the season. He has posted a .903 save percentage and a GAA of 3.19 in those matchups. Smith finished with 31 saves on 33 shots in his last start against the Los Angeles Kings, which was enough for the win.

Marc-Andre Fleury will likely get the nod between the pipes for the Wild on Tuesday night. Fleury has started in 5 games since joining Minnesota, going 4-1-0 in those starts. He has put up a save percentage of .926 and a 2.44 GAA in those outings. Fleury’s last start was against the Los Angeles Kings. He stopped 31 of 34 shots in route to the win.

These two goalies have been solid throughout the season and will look for a big win in this one. Smith has been picking up his own play as of late, winning four games in a row. Fleury has won four of his last five starts. Both goalies will look to set the tone early in this one. If either goalie can come out fast, it could be enough for the win.

Pick Overview

The Oilers have dropped their first two games against Minnesota and will look to bounce back in this one. The Wild have struggled a bit as of late, while Edmonton has been one of the hottest teams in the league. I expect the Oilers to come out fast on the road in this one. If Edmonton can grab an early lead, I think they can pull off the upset.

Bovada has Minnesota listed as a -140 against the money line in this one. This implies that the Wild will win this game around 58.3 percent of the time. I think that this line should be closer to even with Edmonton on a tear as of late. The Oilers dropped the first two meetings and I do not think they will get swept. As underdogs in this one, I like the value on Edmonton.

The Bet
Edmonton Oilers
+120
Andruw Burling / Author

Andruw Burling has been writing sports picks since 2017, covering mainly NHL and NBA content, but doing work in other sports as well. Andruw grew up in Las Vegas and has been around sports since a young age. He grew up a huge NHL and NBA fan and continues to use that knowledge in his content today.

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