Expectations are not guarantees.
Just ask the Edmonton Oilers and Minnesota Wild.
Both teams are coming off berths in the 2023 Stanley Cup Playoffs. Minnesota lost in six games to Dallas in the first round while Edmonton was eliminated in six games by eventual Stanley Cup champion Vegas in the second round.
Coming into the season, observers viewed the Wild and Oilers as likely Stanley Cup playoff teams. But early on, Edmonton is sixth in the Pacific and Minnesota is seventh in the Central.
So, then, how do bettors view the NHL odds?
Oilers vs Wild Betting Lines
Wild vs Oilers Best Bets
The Oilers are -180 moneyline favorites and highlight today’s hockey bets.
For good reason.
Edmonton has won five straight.
The win streak has coincided with the firing of coach Jay Woodcroft and assistant Dave Manson. They were replaced by Kris Knoblauch and Paul Coffey, respectively.
And the changes have paid dividends.
Edmonton has scored 44 goals in the 10 games under “new management,” an average of 4.4 goals per game, and has converted on 29.4 percent of its power plays during that time. That is not necessarily surprising since the Oilers possess explosive offensive talent in the persons of Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl, Zach Hyman, Evander Kane, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, and Evan Bouchard. These players should be considered in any NHL prop bets.
What has been surprising is Edmonton’s improved defensive play. The Oilers have allowed 29 goals in the stretch and have killed 89.7 percent of power plays against.
“You help yourself by not giving up a heck of a lot,” Kane told Sportsnet’s Mark Spector. “You have the belief that it will take one or two plays to win tonight and you hang around. With the team belief we have and the type of guys we have, I like our chances a lot when we just hang around.”
Hanging around and making plays have been an issue for the Wild all season long.
Minnesota enters the game having been shut out by Vancouver 2-0 on Thursday night, and have dropped seven of its last 11.
Part of the problem has been an offense that has scored only 74 goals, tied with Pittsburgh for 23rd in the league, and a power play whose 18.6 percent conversion rate ranks 20th.
No, it’s not great.
Neither has been their defensive play, which must be considered when betting online.
Minnesota has surrendered 82 goals this season, 12th-most in the league, as is its 3.42 goals allowed per game average.
NHL Pick: Edmonton Oilers -180
Wild vs Oilers Game Information
- Game: Wild (9-11-4) vs Oilers (10-12-1).
- Location: Rogers Place, Edmonton, Alberta
- Date/Time: Dec. 8, 9:07 p.m. ET
- Oilers vs Wild Live Stream: NHL.com
Questions Of The Day
Which prop bet offers the best value for bettors in the Wild-Oilers game?
Edmonton’s Zach Hyman has scored seven goals in his last five games, so he offers the best value in prop bet offers.
What are the current betting odds for the Wild vs Oilers game?
Edmonton is a -180 moneyline favorite.