The Pittsburgh Penguins are out west this weekend, with a stop in Edmonton on Friday night. The Penguins have been travelling east-to-west in Canada, after they easily defeated the Winnipeg Jets the other night, 7-4. Pittsburgh haven’t had many issues this season, but the defence has not been playing up to the same level that got them a Stanley Cup. If there is anything a team can take advantage of against the Pens in the playoffs, it’s going to be their defence. However, if Matt Murray can carry the load, it may not matter too much.
A healthy and strong Murray equates to a nearly unbeatable Penguins team. The Pens have to be feeling fortunate to have him in their stable, as Marc-Andre Fleury has been nothing but a flop. Murray has more than asserted himself as the top-option in Pittsburgh, if only he can stay completely healthy.
The Penguins chances to win another Stanley Cup, I would say, hinge on that simple formula. They’re going to score a bunch of goals, but if Murray isn’t there in net, I’m not so sure about the Pens against the Capitals in the postseason.
They face an Edmonton Oilers team who has a superstar of their own. Connor McDavid combine to be two of the most dynamic players in the NHL, and tonight they’ll go head-to-head in Edmonton. McDavid has done a wonderful job keeping his Oilers playing like a reputable playoff team. They are 35-23-4 heading into Friday night. It’s going to be interesting to see how they hold up in the playoffs this season. Let’s get to our Penguins vs. Oilers pick for Friday night in the NHL.
Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Edmonton Oilers Pick
Our NHL pick last night wasn’t so successful, as the Sharks picked up a nice 4-2 win over the Caps in San Jose. It hasn’t been their night the last two games, as they’ve dropped a couple in a row now. None of that happening in Pittsburgh at the moment, as they are coming into Edmonton with three wins in a row under their belt. They lit the lamp up with ease against the Jets, getting 7 goals past them in their 7-4 win.
Through this entire three-game stretch, the Penguins have averaged 5.3 goals per game. In their last ten games, they’ve scored 3.30 goals per game while allowing 2.9. On the season as a whole, the Penguins are 1st in the league with 3.51 goals per game. Like I said, they aren’t going to have an issue scoring goals, but what about the defence in the postseason?
The Pens are 18th on defence, so it’s a steep drop. Murray will have to be the key cog in that department. Meanwhile, the Oilers have scored 4 or more goals in half of their last ten games, including an average of 3.10 goals a game while allowing 2.80 goals per game. The OVER in Edmonton is our NHL pick for Friday night. Have a great weekend everyone!
PICK: OVER 5.5 GOALS (-110)