Pittsburgh Penguins vs Edmonton Oilers NHL Pick – December 1

The NHL is set up with another strong slate of action throughout December 1. Six games are up on the board throughout Wednesday night. One of these matchups will be between the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Edmonton Oilers. These two teams have been strong early in the season and will look for a big win in this one. This game will drop the puck at around 10:00 PM Eastern time on TNT.

Pittsburgh has earned a record of 10-7-5 to start out this season, which has them sitting in fourth place of the Metropolitan division. The Penguins have lost their last two games, but have won five of their last seven. Pittsburgh will look to get back on track in this matchup. I expect the Penguins to come out quickly on the road.

The Oilers have put up a record of 15-5-0 to open up the season, which has them in second place of the Pacific division. Edmonton has won their last two games and have won four of their last five. The Oilers will look to grab a big win in this one. Edmonton will look to jump back into the top spot of the division with a win in this one.

These two teams have been strong throughout this season and will look for a big win in this one. The Penguins are coming off a loss, but will look to get back on track on this road trip. Edmonton has been strong as of late. If either team can come out quickly in this one, it could be enough to earn a big win on Wednesday night.

Game Overview

The following odds are courtesy of BetOnline:

Teams Spread Money Line Total
Pittsburgh Penguins +1 ½ (-210) +113 Over 6 (-109)
Edmonton Oilers -1 ½ (+180) -125 Under 6 (-101)
Team Data Pittsburgh Penguins Edmonton Oilers
Overall Record 10-7-5 15-5-0
Away/ Home Record 5-2-3 8-1-0
Goals Per Game 2.82 3.75
Goals Per Game Away/ Home 2.90 4.22
Save Percentage .916 .913
Save Percentage Away/ Home .922 .919

Betting Trends

Pittsburgh Penguins

  • 4-3 after a non-Conference game
  • 3-5 in non-Conference game
  • 2-4 after scoring one goal or less in previous game
  • 4-5 when playing team with winning record

Edmonton Oilers

  • 0-2 when playing on three days rest or more
  • 5-1 after a division game
  • 2-3 in non-Conference game
  • 6-3 against team with losing record

These two teams last met up in the 2019-20 season. Edmonton earned a win in the first matchup as Leon Draisaitl scored to make it 2-1 in overtime. Zach Anton-Reese and Marcus Pettersson both had two assists in the second meeting. The Penguins were able to bounce back with a 5-2 win on the road to tie up the season series.

Special Teams

The Penguins have struggled on the power play, but have a great penalty kill. Pittsburgh has capitalized on 9 of their 63 power play opportunities, which is a 14.3 percent power play. The Penguins have killed off 50 of their 55 penalties against, which is a 90.9 percent kill rate. Pittsburgh is 26th on the power play and 1st on the kill.

Edmonton’s special teams have been really strong early in the season. The Oilers have scored on 23 of their 61 power play chances, which is a 37.7 percent success rate. Edmonton has given up 8 goals on their opponents 62 power play attempts, which is an 87.1 percent penalty kill. The Oilers are 1st on the man advantage and 5th on the penalty kill.

The Oilers have the edge on special teams entering this one. Edmonton’s power play has been on a roll, but they will have a tough matchup against the Penguins top penalty kill. The Oilers will look to keep Pittsburgh’s power play quiet as well though. If either team can get a power play goal in this one, it could be enough for the win.

Goaltending Comparison

I expect Tristan Jarry to get the start in the crease for Pittsburgh in this one. Jarry has started in 18 games this season, going 10-4-4 in those matchups. He has posted a save percentage of .938 and a 1.85 GAA in those games. Jarry finished with 31 saves on 32 shots in his last start against the Calgary Flames in the shootout loss.

Mikko Koskinen will likely get the nod in the net for the Oilers on Wednesday night. Koskinen has earned a record of 11-2-0 throughout his 13 starts on the season. He has put up a .912 save percentage and a GAA of 2.89 in those outings. Koskinen’s last start was against the Vegas Golden Knights. He stopped 36 of 38 shots in route to the win.

These two goalies have been strong early on the season. Jarry has had the better start on the season and will look to keep it going in this one. Koskinen has been on a roll though, winning four of his last five starts. If either goalie can set the pace early in this matchup, it could be enough to grab a big win on Wednesday night.

Pick Overview

These two teams have been strong to start out this season. Edmonton has had the better overall start, but I think the Penguins can earn a win in this one. Pittsburgh has the better goalie in this one and have the edge on the road. If the Penguins can come out fast in this one, it could be enough to pull off the upset on Wednesday night.

BetOnline has Edmonton listed as a -125 against the money line in this one. This implies that the Oilers will win this game around 55.6 percent of the time. Edmonton has been great on the season, but this line seems a bit high. The Penguins have lost two in a row, but I think they can turn it around in this one. As big underdogs on the road, I really like the value on Pittsburgh.

The Bet
Pittsburgh Penguins
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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