The lowly Edmonton Oilers host the Detroit Red Wings, Friday Mar 19, as the Wings continue to climb up the Western Standings. The Red Wings and Oilers have met twice this season and both games went Edmonton's way NHL oddsmakers at BETUS.com have the Red Wings as -250 moneyline favs over the Oilers (+210) with the over/under set at 5.5 goals . Be sure to get your Detroit Red Wings vs Edmonton Oilers NHL Picks in now at BETUS.com
The Red Wings (34-23-4-8) have won seven of their last ten games and three of five away from home. They are 15-13-2-5 on the road where they average 2.60 GAG and allow 2.89 GAG. They recently won in Calgary 2-1 thanks to goals from Pavel Datsyuk and Tomas Holmstrom. Goalie Jimmy Howard stopped 22 of 23 shots and is 7-3 in his last ten with a 2.60 GAA. Overall he’s 27-15-8 with a 2.32 GAA and a .924 SVPCT. Detroit has a powerplay goal or more in ten straight games while their penalty kill hasn’t allowed a goal in six straight, or 20 kills. The long-awaited resurgence has come and the Red Wings are playing like themselves once again . Since an embarrassing 6-3 loss to the Canucks in the second game out of the Olympic break, they've won five of six. They are in eighth place in the West one point ahead of Calgary and three points behind Nashville for seventh. "We know how important tonight’s game is," defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom told the Detroit Free Press. "We know we still have to play with desperation." In the 11 games since his return, Johan Franzen has nine points. Linemate Pavel Datsyuk has six goals and six assists in that frame. And the third member of the line, Holmstrom, has 10 points in his last 10 games. Goaltender Jimmy Howard has a 4.32 GAA against the Oilers in the two losses.
The Oilers (21-42-2-5) have dropped eight of ten, but have won three of their last five home games. They are 13-18-2-2 at home where they average 2.69 GAG and allow 3.34 GAG. They recently lost in Minnesota 2-4. They had goals from Marc-Antoine Pouliot and Ryan Potulny. Goalie Jeff Deslauriers stopped 24 of 28 shots and is 3-7 in his last ten with a 3.70 GAA. It's one game at a time these days for the last-place team in the NHL, mathematically eliminated from the playoffs on their last road trip. About all they can do now is play spoiler. "That's the silver lining in this year," defenseman Ryan Whitney told the Canadian Press. "You can be a spoiler.”The way I look at it, Detroit's in a dogfight for the eighth spot. They come in here and play the 30th-place team and lose, imagine how good we'd feel . You take little victories like that as a sign you want to be here, you want to be playing. This is our chance to be in a playoff game. I think you have to look at it like that."
Recent Trends to Consider:
- Over is 8-3-1 in the last 12 meetings in Edmonton.
- Red Wings are 4-0 in their last 4 when their opponent scores 2 goals or less in their previous game.
- Red Wings are 5-1 in their last 6 after allowing 2 goals or less in their previous game.
- Red Wings are 5-1 in their last 6 overall.
- Red Wings are 9-2 in their last 11 games as a road favorite of -201 or greater.
- Oilers are 0-9 in their last 9 vs. Central.
Detroit Red Wings vs Edmonton Oilers
When: Friday Mar 19, 2009 9:30 PM ET
Pick: Wings -250
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