Edmonton Oilers at Florida Panters: Predictions, Odds and Betting Tips
Monday November 8th, 7:00 pm ET
Edmonton visit Flordia to play the Panthers in the middle of a busy week, as they continue to fight for top spot in the Pacific Division.
It’s a difficult road East coast road trip for the Edmonton Oilers, as they are forced to play three games in four nights during the middle of the week. After playing the Washington Capitals and Tampa Bay Lightning in back-to-back games, they get a night off before taking on the Florida Panthers.
The Oilers have been pretty good on the road to start the season, already winning important games against the Chicago Blackhawks, Nashville Predators, Winnipeg Jets, New York Rangers, and Detroit Red Wings. A big reason for their success early in the campaign is their strong defensive play, having conceded just 37 goals after 13 games. Of course, Connor McDavid also putting up 21 points in 13 games doesn’t hurt either.
They will not have an easy time against the Panthers though – even if Florida is sitting in the basement of the Eastern Conference. Florida is a much better hockey team than their record reflects, having lost six of their opening 11 games by just a single goal.
Starting goalie Roberto Luongo was recently activated off injury reserve and played a big role in the Panthers’ win against the Winnipeg Jets in the second game in Helsinki. Having him back in the line-up will certainly provide a big boost for Florida as they continue to fight to get their season back on track.
- Florida Panthers to win in regulation
The Panthers haven’t been great early on, but they are much more talented than people realize. They should take two points against what will be a tired Oilers side.
- Under 6 goals
With Roberto Luongo back for the Panthers and Edmonton’s solid defensive play, we could see a rather low scoring affair on Thursday night.
Head to Head
The Edmonton Oilers and Florida Panthers split the season series last year, each winning one game in the opposition’s building.
- Keith Yandle is one of nine defensemen with at least 12 points this season. He earned his first game-winning goal of the season in Florida’s victory over the Winnipeg Jets.
- Mikko Koskinen of the Edmonton Oilers became the 25th goaltender in NHL history to record his first career shutout at age 30 or older. He stopped 40 shots to blank the Chicago Blackhawks on November 1st.
- Only two goalies in NHL history – Hap Holmes and Steve Valiquette – have had a greater span between their debut and first shutout than Mikko Koskinen. Seven years and 266 days separate Koskinen’s first game and first shutout.
- Connor McDavid became the first Oilers player since Mark Messier and Jari Kurri in 1988-89 that required 13 or fewer games to reach the 20-point mark in a season. He provided two assists in Edmonton’s win against the Detroit Red Wings on Saturday night.