The Minnesota Wild play the Edmonton Oilers Sunday night. These two teams are ready to fight for position in the Western Conference standings. Expert Top Pick of the Day: Minnesota Wild vs. Edmonton Oilers.
The Minnesota Wild and Edmonton Oilers will clash for the second time this season, with Minnesota winning the first matchup 4-1 back on December 7.
Minnesota is third in the Central Division, thirteen points behind the league-leading Colorado Avalanche. With a win today, the Wild can end their two-game losing streak and take over second place in the division from St. Louis.
The Oilers have won five straight games and are in third place in the Pacific Division. Today, they have a chance to overtake the Vegas Golden Knights for third place in the division with a victory.
Edmonton is only five points behind the Calgary Flames, who are currently the hottest team in the league with nine straight wins.
The Wild have cooled down since winning nine of ten games. They are 2-3 in their last five but are just one point behind the Blues for second in the division. They are now 11-3-1 in their previous 15 games overall. Minnesota is also fourth in the Western Conference. It’s a tight race between every team besides Colorado, who leads the conference by 12 points.
Kirill Kaprizov leads the Wild in scoring and is seventh in the league with 61 points on 23 goals and 38 assists, which also leads the team. Mats Zuccarello is second on the team with 50 points, and Ryan Hartman is tied for eighth in the league in plus/minus at +30 for the season.
The Edmonton Oilers won their fifth straight game last night over the Winnipeg Jets 4-2 on the road. Connor McDavid scored a goal and had two assists in the victory. Leon Draisaitl added an assist for the Oilers and leads the team in goals with 35 on the season.
Mikko Koskinen got his seventeenth win of the season and turned back 22 shots for Edmonton.
McDavid leads the team in scoring with 71 points on 26 goals and 45 assists, which is second in the league.
Draisaitl is two points behind with a league-leading 35 goals and 69 points. The teammates are currently the top two scorers in the NHL and hope to help their team move into second place in the division with a win tonight.
The total has gone over in seven of the last ten games against the Western Conference for Minnesota, and they are 4-2 straight up in their previous six games on the road.
The total has gone under in five of Edmonton’s last seven games, and they are 2-11 straight up in their last thirteen games at home vs. Minnesota.
The Oilers are 21-8-0 against Western Conference opponents this season and have only given up 2.4 goals in their last ten games, while the Wild have lost two straight and have given up six goals in each of their previous three games. They have also lost two straight road games.