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Oilers Look To Play Spoiler Against Wild

Posted by Don Melrose on 4/25/2013 7:30:03 PM

The Edmonton Oilers won’t make the playoffs in 2013. They can still have an impact in determining the teams that will. The Oilers will look to play spoiler when they visit the Minnesota Wild this Friday night. Minnesota is currently two points up on the Columbus Blue Jackets for the seventh spot in the Western Conference standings, one point ahead of the eighth-place Detroit Red Wings. Clinching a playoff spot could come down to the Wild needing to win each of their remaining two online betting games, and that means the teams behind them in the standings will be cheering for Edmonton.

Edmonton Oilers @ Minnesota Wild
Friday April 26, 2013 – 8:00 PM ET
XCel Energy Center, St. Paul, Minnesota
NHL Sportsbook Line: Minnesota – 180

Minnesota has played its best hockey at home all season, and will look to wrap up the home portion of its schedule with a win. The Wild have won all three meetings against the Oilers so far, and the four-game sweep of the season series could be the difference between getting in and falling short of their playoff dreams.

NHL Betting Preview: Edmonton Oilers

Edmonton has really struggled defensively against Minnesota this season, allowing three goals or more in each of its three losses. The Oilers once again ranked among the worst defensive teams in hockey this past year, allowing an average of nearly three goals per game. That took away from what the team was able to do at the other end of the ice with the young talent it boasted up front. Taylor Hall, Jordan Eberle, and company owned a top-10 powerplay unit, but struggled to score goals at even strength when there was less room on the ice to operate.

NHL Betting Preview: Minnesota Wild

The Wild power play hasn’t been able to click all season even with the additions of Zach Parise and Ryan Suter, and while there is no doubt it takes time to develop special teams there is so much talent up front for Minnesota that its struggles scoring goals have been a mystery. Losing Danny Heatley doesn’t help, and it will be interesting to see how Jason Pominville reacts after taking a brutal elbow to the head from Dustin Brown of the Los Angeles Kings. Minnesota has shown much better discipline on home ice compared to on the road so far this year, but it is the goal scoring that has made the difference in the online sports betting games that they have won.

NHL Betting Preview: Outlook & Pick

The Wild have their backs against the wall, and can’t afford to lose a game with so much on the line. Edmonton still has a lot of work to do in order to become a playoff team, and for now it’s unreasonable to think they can go in to Minnesota and steal a crucial two points away from a Wild team that has been excellent on home ice all year.

NHL Betting Pick: Minnesota Wild

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