Edmonton Oilers fans have reason to believe their team might soon be back in Stanley Cup contention. Led by first overall draft pick Connor McDavid, the Oilers are an electrifying team with numerous offensive weapons. The Oilers are playing in a new state-of-the-art stadium, which also helps matters. Though the atmosphere there has been compared to a library, the Oilers are now used to the ice and boards and enjoy playing in their new, friendly confines.
Edmonton Oilers Next Game
Find out who the Oilers play next and, as importantly, take a look at what betting lines are being offered for the upcoming game. It's a basic, but essential step in fomenting a strategy.
Edmonton Oilers Regular Season Schedule
Analyzing the Oilers scheudule is a good way to find future betting opportunities. You might not know the betting lines of interesting propositions but you'll know where, when and who they play.
Edmonton Oilers Standings
The Oilers are now expected to be a playoff team each and every season but how high should the expecations of this up-and-coming, youthful team be?
Edmonton Oilers Betting Predictions
After numerous failing first-round draft picks, the Oilers have finally got it right. Better late than never, if you ask Oilers fans. Now, they are a bonafide Stanley Cup contender. Well, maybe not quite yet, but they will be in a few seasons.
Edmonton are still a bit defensively weak, but they've got one of the best offensive units in the NHL. McDavid is not only the team's leader, but the 20-year-old is one of the best players in the entire league. Expect the Oilers and Calgary Flames to be battling atop of the Pacific Division in years to come. That's assuming both teams keep their young nucleus' together.
As far as futures bets go, you might want to throw a few bucks down on this upstart squad. They're not considered in the Stanley Cup equation yet, but with a player like McDavid you never know what can happen come playoff time.
You'll also want to veer predominantly to the overs market, as the Oilers often score goals at will while struggle to consistently play sound, tight defensive hockey.
Make sure, when placing a bet on or against the Flames, to take a look at both team's form from the last 10 games.
You'll want to look at With our Without You, or the Corsi Ratings, when you start to delve more deeply into the analytics. Basically, it determines how well a key player performs with, and without, their linemate.
Does it make a big difference if their linemate is missing? In the 2014 case of Phil Kessel and Tyler Bozak, it made a huge difference, as you'll see in the video below:
This is also a team equipped to pull off some upsets, especially come playoff time. The NHL is all about speed and pace of play these days, attributes the Oilers have in excess.
If they come up against a number 1 or 2 seed in the postseason, don't be surprised if Edmonton pulls of an improbable upset. But maybe it won't be as improbable as you think.
Take a look at both team's adjusted margin efficiency to see if the Oilers are great-value underdogs.