NHL Picks for October 27th 2011: Capitals vs. Oilers Odds
Washington Capitals vs. Edmonton Oilers
NHL Pick: Edmonton Oilers +143 odds (October 27th 2011)
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Washington has the opportunity to become just the sixth team in NHL history to begin the season with eight consecutive wins and it is also looking to start 3-0 on the road for the first time since 1991-92. The Capitals are coming off a blowout victory over Detroit on Saturday, which was also undefeated at the time, and the four days off in-between could cause a momentum buster. Because of the sensational start, we are getting some great line value with the home team.
Edmonton is 4-1-1 at home, losing to Vancouver by a goal in regulation and losing to Minnesota in a shootout. The Oilers have won two in a row at home, starting with a shutout against the Rangers and following that up with a revenge win against the Canucks on Tuesday. The defense has been outstanding of late as Edmonton has allowed only six goals in regulation in its last five games and it possesses a 1.50 GAA at home and its .943 save percentage at home is third best in the NHL.
It will be strength against strength as the Capitals bring in a .296 power play percentage which is third in the NHL while the Oilers have killed 91.4 percent of their opponents power plays, good for fourth in the league. Heading west could be the disadvantage for Washington as this is its first time out of the eastern time zone. As mentioned, this is just the third road game for the Capitals and this is easily the biggest price they have put down. Washington is 2-5 in its last seven games as a road favorite of -151 to -200.
Capitals defenseman Mike Green likely will not play after hurting his ankle in their last game against the Red Wings as he has not been able to practice this week. Washington is sixth in GAA in the league and the absence of Green, a two-time Norris Trophy finalist, will hurt which could provide an edge for the Oilers who have had struggles putting the goal in the net. The Oilers are 5-1 in their last six games as home underdogs and the home team has dominated this series, going 13-2 over the last 15 meetings. 3* (70) Edmonton Oilers