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The battle for top spot in the Pacific Division heats up on Saturday afternoon when the Edmonton Oilers host the Arizona Coyotes as -130 favourites on the NHL odds at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.
Edmonton continued its recent steady play with a 4-2 victory over the visiting Nashville Predators on Tuesday to improve to 5-1-1 in the team’s past seven contests going into Saturday’s matchup at Rogers Place.
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While the Oilers’ current resurgence marks an impressive turnaround after falling to defeat in eight of their previous 10 outings, they continue to trail the pack atop the crowded Pacific Division, sitting in fifth place, two points back of both Arizona and the Calgary Flames. However, the Oilers maintain two games in hand on the Coyotes, and continue to offer value on the odds to win the Pacific Division, where they are pegged as a +475 wager at online betting sites.
The Oilers offense has continued to click during their seven-game run. The team has averaged 4.29 goals per game during that stretch, and has demonstrated character while overcoming first-period deficits in three of their past four victories. Edmonton has also been effective at shutting down opposing shooters, allowing just 2.66 goals per game over their past six outings. That has contributed to continued uneven results in totals betting, with the OVER/UNDER 3-4-2 in the team’s past nine games, according to the OddsShark NHL Database.
While the Oilers have shown signs that they have overcome their early-season struggles with inconsistency, the Coyotes arrive in town as +110 underdogs after falling to defeat in four of their past five outings.
The Coyotes opened a three-game road trip against Pacific Division rivals with a 3-1 loss in Vancouver as a -105 wager on Thursday night, and have now come up short in four of their past five contests. The Arizona offence has misfired during the club’s current swoon, averaging just two goals per game during their 1-4-0 run, which includes a 6-3 home win over San Jose on Tuesday night.
Arizona has particularly struggled on the road, falling to defeat in five of its past six contests away from Gila River Arena, and has found the back of the net on just one total occasion while losing their past three away contests. Despite those struggles, the Coyotes have remained resilient on the NHL futures, where they sit as +300 second favourites to claim their first divisional crown since 2012.