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The Edmonton Oilers will be trying to maintain their tenuous grasp on first place in the Pacific Division standings when they visit the Minnesota Wild on Thursday as +110 underdogs on the NHL odds at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.
Edmonton is coming off a lopsided 6-3 loss to the Carolina Hurricanes on Tuesday, and now sits deadlocked with the Arizona Coyotes in the divisional standings going into Thursday night’s game at Xcel Energy Center.
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Tuesday’s loss to the Hurricanes as +100 home underdogs continued a steady slide that has seen the Oilers fall to defeat in five of their past seven contests, including each of their past two games. However, despite their current swoon, the team has managed to avoid losing three in a row so far this season, and maintains +400 odds to claim this season’s Pacific Division crown.
Connor McDavid contributed an assist on each of Edmonton’s goals in Tuesday’s loss, ending a three-game stretch in which he tallied just single points. Leon Draisaitl also got on the scoresheet, adding a helper. However, the Oilers have struggled when their German star fails to score, going winless in their past five when Draisaitl fails to find the back of the net.
Indeed, the Oilers’ season-long offensive issues have persisted during their team’s recent swoon, with Edmonton shooters potting just 15 goals during their current 1-4-1 run. Despite their scoring slump, the Oilers have failed to produce steady results in totals betting, with the UNDER going a middling 5-4-1 at online betting sites in their past 10 overall, but 3-1-1 in their past five road dates.
The Wild enter Thursday’s action as -130 home chalk despite falling to defeat in each of their past two outings. The team saw a season-high five-game win streak snapped by a 6-2 defeat in Carolina on Saturday night, and followed up with a disappointing 3-2 shootout loss to the visiting Anaheim Ducks as -150 favorites on Tuesday night.
While the Wild entered the season amid tempered expectations, they have emerged as one of the strongest home teams in the NHL. Since dropping a 7-4 decision to Pittsburgh in their home opener, the Wild have picked up at least a point in 10 subsequent home contests, going 7-0-3 during that stretch. Minnesota has also posted 3-0 wins in each of its past two home dates with the Oilers.