On Wednesday night, TNT gets a gem matchup between two teams that got off to promising starts. The Edmonton Oilers have been a source of frustration for gamblers. Cause by not making enough hay with the NHL’s best player, Connor McDavid. Meanwhile, Philadelphia is on a redemption tour after unexpectedly flopping last year. Of course, the Flyers have always had goal scoring. That is again the case this year. If Philadelphia can simply put an average defense on the ice, they can be a serious threat. In like manner, the Oilers are looking for secondary scoring to supplement McDavid.
The Edmonton Oilers will host the Philadelphia Flyers at Rodgers Place in Edmonton, Alberta. This game will take place on Wednesday, October 27, 2021, at 10 p.m. ET, with television coverage on TNT.
Overall, gambling activity should be split evenly between these two teams. Wise Guys usually prefer good away teams like the Flyers based on a better price. Squares love home teams like Edmonton that boast superstars like McDavid.
Overall, Philadelphia brings a record of 2-1-1 to this game. NHL metrics show the Flyers ranked 1st for goal scoring, 2nd for power play efficiency, 14th for goals against, and 18th for penalty killing.
Namely, Joel Farabee has been one of the most impressive Flyers. The left winger has three goals with three assists and a +8. Right winger Cam Atkinson adds four goals with an assist and a +8.
Last year, goaltender Carter Hart was overwhelmed by the onslaught that he faced. Cause by a weak Philadelphia blue line that hung him out to dry. Hart remains one of the highest-rated young goaltending prospects in the NHL. But coach Alain Vigneault and staff realize they must provide better protection in front of Hart. So far, Hart has an improved save percentage of .914.
Two years ago, Philadelphia made great strides under Vigneault, then in his first year. There will eventually be a change if senior management believes that the team is tuning out the coach’s demands for tighter play.
In sum, Edmonton brings a record of 5-0-0. NHL metrics show the Oilers ranked 4th for goal scoring, 1st for power play efficiency, 11th for goals against, and 11th for penalty killing.
Second year Oilers coach Dave Tippett is known for his tight defensive style. Edmonton has made for a stark contrast and challenge for Tippett. To illuminate, the Oilers have never been considered for their defensive and goaltending prowess. Tippett and the Oilers have been forced to come to a happy medium after being embarrassed in the playoffs last year.
Naturally, center Conner McDavid is living up to his superstar moniker. McDavid has a team-best six goals with seven assists and a +3. And then center Leon Draisaitl added four goals with seven assists and a +7. Goalies Mikko Koskinen and Mike Smith are both over .920 for save percentages.
Philadelphia vs. Edmonton Prediction
In away games, Philadelphia is 4-8 and 2-5 over/under the total. In home games, Edmonton is 5-4 and 4-6 over/under the total.
In sum, Philadelphia is 4-3 vs. Edmonton. The Flyers are 9-4 over/under the total. And then at Edmonton, the Flyers are 1-5 against the Oilers. These teams are 6-1 over/under the total at Edmonton.
So far, the Oilers are flashing a determined look. Edmonton’s flop in the 2021 Stanley Cup Playoffs is a rallying cry for them in the season ahead. In the same way, the Flyers are showing early improvement and avoiding the defensive lapses that killed them last year. As was previously noted, the Oilers own the Flyers at Edmonton.
BookMaker Pick:Edmonton Oilers
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