The Edmonton Oilers will be an NHL best bet when they return to Rogers Place for the first of eight home games in a stretch of nine contests Sunday night against the scuffling Anaheim Ducks
The Oilers have not been a profitable wager with 6 wins in 19 games and a 5-14 record ATS, but they come home off one of their most complete efforts of the season – a 5-0 triumph at Washington on Friday.
Connor McDavid has come alive, recording 10 points in his last 6 outings, and the reigning Hart Trophy winner set up four goals in the victory over the Capitals. Stuart Skinner has an uninspiring .875 save percentage in net, but made 25 saves for the shutout.
The young Ducks had spurred some optimism that their rebuild was ahead of schedule with an 8-2-0 stretch, but have lost five in a row since after a 5-2 setback against the Los Angeles Kings on Friday. Anaheim has been outscored 22-9 during the slide.
Edmonton started the season +1000 to win the Stanley Cup, according to the Vegas hockey odds, but is currently at +1800. The Ducks are +15000.
Ducks Hope To Find Way Back To Moneyline
Anaheim made several inspiring comebacks during its hot streak, but everything began going downhill in an 8-2 rout at the Colorado Avalanche on Nov. 15
The Ducks managed seven goals in the next four contests — all at home — dropping out of playoff position. The only bright spot Friday was big-ticket offseason signing Alex Killorn registered his first goal.
Anaheim is 26th in the league in scoring, despite having a reasonable power play at 21.9%. Center Mason McTavish leads the team with 21 points while Frank Vatrano tops the Ducks with 13 goals.
Killorn has four points in 10 games since returning from injury and Anaheim needs more from former ninth-overall pick Trevor Zegras, who has managed only two points in 12 outings.
Goalie John Gibson has struggled in the win column (4-8-0), but owns a reasonable SP at .914 if you bet online.
Draisaitl Good Bet To Score on Ducks
Edmonton’s leading scorer Leon Draisaitl (8 goals, 26 points) has had plenty of success in his career against Anaheim.
The big German center boasts 21 goals and 37 points in 29 career games versus the Ducks. Draisaitl has nine tallies in seven contests over the past two seasons against Anaheim. A prop bet on him should probably be a part of your hockey bets Nov. 26.
McDavid, Zach Hyman (four points last two games) and defenseman Evan Bouchard (two goals, five assists, five-game point streak) also make Edmonton’s offense tick.
But if the Oilers are to get back in the playoff race, it’s going to have to play better team defense. Edmonton is 30th in the league in goals-against (3.79), even after Skinner’s shutout.
“We just have to look at where we are right now.”
— Edmonton Oilers (@EdmontonOilers) November 25, 2023
There are plenty of rumors floating around Edmonton trade possibilities, especially with Chicago. That could change the Oilers’ NHL future odds, but they will have to do it within Sunday.
Ducks vs Oilers Game Information
- Game: Ducks (9-11-0) vs Oilers (6-12-1)
- Location: Rogers Place, Edmonton, Alb
- Day/Time: Sunday, Nov. 26, 9 p.m. ET
- Ducks vs Oilers Live Stream: NHL.TV
Ducks vs Oilers Betting Lines
Best Bets for Ducks vs Oilers
If Edmonton is going to get things rolling, you would expect a productive effort to start the home stretch. The Oilers are 7-1-1 in their last 9 games against Anaheim, including all three last season by a combined 15-3. The Ducks have played relatively good defense this season, but are springing leaks a bit more lately. We think Anaheim is a much improved team, but this will be a tough night for the Ducks.
Best Bet: Edmonton -1½ (-115)
Best Prop Bets for Ducks vs Oilers
You would think both teams come out flying in this one. The most goals scored in the first period may be a good bet.
Best NHL Prop: Most goals in first period (+320)
Questions of the Day
What are the primary bets on NHL hockey?
The three primary bets are going with the winner on the moneyline, the spread and the over/under. The spread is usually set at 1½ goals and the over under between 6 and 6½.
Is there a best bet on the puck line for the Ducks vs Oilers game?
We think the Ducks will have a tough time staying with an emotional, determined, Edmonton squad. Give the 1½ goals.