NHL Hockey Betting: Edmonton Oilers at Buffalo Sabres

NHL Hockey Betting:  Edmonton Oilers at Buffalo Sabres

Entertaining non-conference NHL game featuring last year’s #1 and #2 draft picks, Connor McDavid and Jack Eichel. The Buffalo Sabres enter this game having lost two straight most recently dropping a 3-2 overtime decision to the Washington Capitals last night. The Sabres are currently in last place in the Atlantic Division and one point out of last place in the Eastern Conference but to underscore how tough the NHL can be they haven’t played that badly with a record of 9-10-6. They’re 4-4-2 in their last ten games and 4-5-3 on home ice.

It was impossible to watch Connor McDavid play last season and not get the feeling that the Edmonton Oilers would be a contender sooner rather than later. Try ‘sooner’. McDavid is now the team captain at the ripe old age of 19 and is leading the NHL in points (34) and assists (23). He also has 11 goals which puts him in a tie for 11th place and likely leads the NHL in spectacular plays. His speed is otherworldly and he’s quickly becoming an excellent team leader that puts the Oilers’ success ahead of his own. For example, he’s yet to score a power play goal this year but he has 9 assists with a man advantage. That’s huge.

For some reason, the Oilers have struggled in non-conference games (4-7 -4.1 units). They’ve also lost money against opponents with losing records (5-9 -7.7 units) which suggests a lack of focus that you’d expect from a young team. Their worst loss of the season came to these Sabres at home (6-2 on 10/16/16) but they’ve still won 4 of the last 5 head to head and are 7-3-2 in their last 12 games in Buffalo. This is the first game of a three game road trip for the Oilers and these look like the easiest points. It’s never simple playing the speedy Oilers but particularly tough in the second of back to back games. Don’t think Todd McLelean will let his team forget that blowout loss from earlier this season. Robin Lehner is scheduled to start for the home team though having played a tough game last night he could get the night off in favor of backup Anders Nilsson.