Edmonton Oilers (29-15-1) vs. Anaheim Ducks (18-30-2)
On Friday at the Honda Center, an exciting NHL regular season match-up between Edmonton Oilers and Anaheim Ducks will take place, pitting one against another as part of its regular season schedule. Not only is this matchup set to test strength and strategy against one another but betting enthusiasts and spectators are likely to attend, many engaging through top online casino platforms for sports betting.
Edmonton Oilers boast an outstanding offensive lineup led by stars Connor McDavid, Leon Draisaitl and left-wing Zach Hyman. McDavid has amassed an exceptional season so far with 67 points from 20 goals and 47 assists; Draisaitl scored 57 while Hyman contributed with 18.4% shooting percentage to deepen Edmonton’s offensive threat further. Their combined ability to navigate defenses could pose severe difficulties against Anaheim Ducks’ defense; their significant time on ice per game may present additional obstacles against them formidable opponents.
Anaheim Ducks have shown remarkable offensive prowess despite their less-than-stellar record, led by Troy Terry, Frank Vatrano, and Adam Henrique. Terry currently leads his team with 37 points; both Vatrano and Henrique have also made notable contributions. To compete against Edmonton Oilers effectively, Anaheim must exploit any defensive lapses while taking full advantage of power play opportunities; Vatrano can find the back of net while Henrique can bring all-around play. These strengths should help balance each team’s formidable offensive.
Edmonton Oilers vs. Anaheim Ducks Game Info
|Friday, February 9, 2024, at 10:00 PM ET
Goaltender Stuart Skinner vs. Goaltender John Gibson
In net, the Oilers hold an advantage with Stuart Skinner expected to start. In 34 games this season, Skinner has posted strong numbers including a 23-9-1 record, 2.44 GAA, .920 save percentage and 3 shutouts. The 25-year-old utilizes his reflexes and size well, compiling 806 saves on 886 shots faced. His 0.91 save percentage ranks among the league’s best, giving Edmonton a chance to win every night.
Anaheim counters with veteran John Gibson who has struggled to a 10-19-1 record, 3.05 GAA and .901 save percentage this year. In 32 games played, Gibson has made 829 saves on 920 shots for a 0.901 save percentage. If Gibson can recapture some of his previous All-Star form, the Ducks could make this interesting. But Skinner’s statistical edge combined with Edmonton’s offensive prowess gives the Oilers a significant advantage to come away with two points.
NHL Odds/Point Spread: TBD, Total Odds: TBD
As the betting odds for the game are yet to be determined, bettors and fans alike will be keenly awaiting the lines for puckline, moneyline, and totals. Given the Oilers’ strong offensive and the Ducks’ variable performance, insights and recommendations will largely depend on these odds once announced.
Edmonton Oilers Betting Trends
The Oilers enter this matchup struggling to find consistency, going 2-3 straight up and 2-3 against the spread over their last five contests. This recent slide comes on the heels of battling many of the Western Conference’s elite teams. On the year, Edmonton is a mediocre 10-12 against the spread on the road. However, the Oilers’ offensive firepower has continued to produce at a high level of late, with the totals going OVER in two of their previous five games. For the season, a whopping 10 of Edmonton’s 23 road matchups have finished over the set total.
Anaheim Ducks Betting Trends
As for the Ducks, they have shown some spurts of competitiveness despite their losing record, going 2-3 straight up and 3-2 against the spread over their past five. Anaheim remains a profitable 14-10 at home against the number on the year. The Ducks allow the eighth most goals per game league-wide at 3.75 over their past four contests, while seeing totals finish OVER in two of their last five. With defensive struggles persisting, scoring has unsurprisingly trended up in Anaheim home games this season. The totals have gone OVER 10 times in the Ducks’ 26 contests at the Honda Center.
Edmonton Oilers vs. Anaheim Ducks 2/9/24 Betting Picks
Due to the opposing teams’ offensive strengths and defensive deficiencies, this game between Edmonton Oilers and Anaheim Ducks promises to be an uphill struggle for Anaheim Ducks. Edmonton’s powerful offense led by McDavid and Draisaitl combined with Skinner’s solid goaltending makes them favorites; yet don’t underestimate Anaheim if Gibson can improve their game and their offense finds their groove.
Oilers appear to be the superior pick in this game due to their dominant offensive power and the Ducks’ inconsistency on defense. Prop bets focused on goal totals for players like McDavid and Draisaitl could provide value, as could betting over on total goals given both teams’ recent trends. As for an NHL winning pick, odds favor an action-packed encounter wherein the Oilers ultimately emerge victorious.