Hockey wagering will offer few games that are as equal as this one. Both Edmonton and Minnesota are in identical hockey betting territory. After a slow start the Edmonton Oilers have recovered to emerge as a western conference hockey wagering playoff contender.
Edmonton had an overall hockey wagering record of 25-20-1-2 straight up but was just 22-26 against the hockey lines. Edmonton had better hockey betting success in January; however, as from January 11 through January 30 they got the cash in 6 out of 8 games.
Edmonton had an overall hockey wagering road record of 13-11 and was 13-11 over the hockey betting total in away games. Ales Hemsky has been one of the main hockey wagering assets for the Oilers as he led the team in scoring. The Oilers defense, which was ranked 25th, has been a hockey wagering weakness.
The Oilers defeated the Wild 3-1 in Edmonton on January 30 as the game went under the total. The Minnesota Wild had an overall hockey wagering record of 24-21-2-1 straight up and 23-25 against the hockey lines. The Wild were just 2 points behind the Oilers in the northwest division standings.
Minnesota had an overall home hockey wagering mark of 14-9-2-1 and went over the hockey wagering total in just 10 out of 26 games at home. Overall Minnesota has gone over the total in just 17 out of 48 games for the season.
The Wild’s hockey wagering strength has been their 3rd ranked defense while their offense was a distant 25th in the league. Niklas Backstrom and Josh Harding have been strong in goal while Mikko Koivu has led the team in scoring. The Wild are a strong penalty kill team as they rank 2nd in the NHL for that category.
Compare that to Edmonton’s poor ranking of 28th on the man disadvantage and you have a potential edge for Minnesota. There is a considerable pack of teams in the middle of the western conference playoff race and this game will go a long way towards sorting that out.
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