Edmonton +105 at New Jersey O/U 5
We cashed a winner on the Edmonton Oilers last week as a free play and tonight looks like another solid opportunity. The Oilers are in serious bounce-back mode following an ugly weekend in which they suffered back-to-back blowout losses by a combined score of 13-2 against Montreal and the NY Islanders. Edmonton got the services of Connor McDavid back following the All-Star break and his impact was immediately felt as the team notched 5-1 and 7-2 victories against the Columbus Blue Jackets and Ottawa Senators, respectively. But the roof caved in this weekend as their defensive game was non-existent in 5-1 and 8-1 defeats. Head coach Todd McLellan was not pleased after the two games during the weekend quoted as saying: “We got our butts handed to us in Montreal and we came in here and responded in a very inappropriate way, and that’s very disappointing.” I think we will see a much better effort from tonight following such a brutal two-game set. New Jersey is probably a good opponent for the Oilers’ defense to get back on track against as the Devils are struggling to score goals once again. They’ve been held to two goals or less in four of their last five games with a 1-4 record during that span. New Jersey will be retiring the number of their future Hall Of Fame bound goaltender and one of the best goalies to ever to play the position, Martin Brodeur. Events like this have a tendency to be a distraction for the home team and when you combine that with Edmonton likely sitting on a good effort I’ll side with the short road underdog.