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The Edmonton Oilers will be looking to record just their second home victory over Winnipeg since 2016 when they open a two-game series with the Jets on Monday night as -140 home favourites on the NHL odds at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.
Edmonton split a two-game set in Manitoba’s capital late last month, and has picked up just three wins in 11 overall meetings with Winnipeg going into Monday’s game at Rogers Place.
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The Oilers return home after closing out a successful four-game road trip with a decisive 3-0 win in Montreal as +135 underdogs on Thursday night. The team finished their recent junket with a 3-1-0 record, and now rides a steady 6-1-0 run that leaves them just five points behind the first-place Toronto Maple Leafs in the North Division standings.
Steady goaltending has been key to the Oilers’ current surge. Mike Smith turned aside all 38 shots he faced while making his second start of the season in last Thursday’s victory over the Canadiens. That followed a 40-save performance by Mikko Koskinen in a 3-2 win over the Ottawa Senators two nights earlier. Overall, the team has limited opponents to just 2.71 goals per game during its current seven-game surge, which includes three straight wins on home ice.
Edmonton’s stingy ways have powered a 4-1 run for the UNDER at betting sites. However, the total has regularly gone OVER when the Oilers play on home ice, prevailing in three of their past four dates at Rogers Place, and in five of eight overall this season.
High scoring has also been the norm in recent meetings between these two teams. The OVER has paid out in three straight head-to-head clashes, capped by the Jets’ 6-4 win in Winnipeg as narrow -105 underdogs on January 26, and is 8-3 over their past 11 matchups. But that trend could be in for a shift as the Jets arrive in Edmonton as +120 underdogs.
Winnipeg hits the road for four games after closing out a lengthy stretch on home ice with a 2-1 loss to the Ottawa Senators on Saturday afternoon. With the loss as heavy -220 chalk the Jets fell to 3-2-1 over their past six contests, and now sit one point back of the third-place Oilers in the divisional standings.
However, with Connor Hellebuyck playing sensational in between the pipes, the Jets have surrendered just nine total goals over their past five contests. The team has also given up just 2.50 goals per game in four road contests this season, and has limited the Oilers to an average of just two goals per game in nine visits.