NHL Picks: December 10th 2013
Carolina Hurricanes vs. Edmonton Oilers
Betting Prediction: Edmonton -123 odds
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The Edmonton Oilers have been on a roll of late, despite losing in overtime to Calgary on Saturday. Edmonton has won 6-of-10 overall, and has alternated wins and losses in each of it’s last seven games. They catch the Hurricanes coming off a late game in Vancouver on Monday, and Carolina has had a tough season so far.
Here are my keys to the game:
1: Fatigue – The Canes will be playing on back-to-back nights, for the second time in a week. They catch an Oilers team off two days rest, and Edmonton has thrived in such situations, winning four of it’s last five.
2: Special Teams – The Oilers are slightly above average on special teams, with a power play clicking at 18.8%, and a penalty kill that ranks 14th with an 83% kill rate. The Canes are among the league’s worst in both categories.
3: X-Factor – Goaltending is not the Oilers strong point, however Devan Dubnyk has turned in consecutive quality starts, allowing three goals on 60 shots in regulation time, with a win over the Avs and a loss in overtime to the Flames.
Selection: This is a play on the Edmonton Oilers (Free)