Edmonton Oilers (29-15-1) vs. Anaheim Ducks (18-30-2)
Edmonton Oilers vs. Anaheim Ducks 2/9/24 – The Edmonton Oilers and Anaheim Ducks are set to face off in an exciting NHL regular-season matchup on February 9, 2024, at the Honda Center. With the Oilers boasting a strong 29-15-1 record against the Ducks’ 18-30-2, this game is shaping up to be a pivotal clash in the league standings. Handicapper top insights suggest that the Oilers, with their impressive win-loss record, head into this game as the favorites. However, as any seasoned sports fan knows, anything can happen on the ice.
Led by the dynamic one-two punch of Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl, the Oilers boast one of the most explosive offenses in the NHL. McDavid is having another MVP-caliber season with 67 points, while Draisaitl is not far behind with 57. These two superstars should be able to exploit a Ducks defense that is allowing the 8th-most goals per game at 3.54. However, Anaheim has been stingier at the Honda Center, giving up just 3.12 goals per home contest.
On the other side, the Ducks have some capable scorers in Troy Terry and Frank Vatrano that could challenge Oilers netminder Stuart Skinner. Terry is the Ducks’ leading scorer with 37 points, while Vatrano has lit the lamp 22 times this year. The Oilers do allow over 3 goals per game on the road, so Anaheim’s top players could be in line for productive outings if Edmonton has any defensive lapses.
Edmonton Oilers vs. Anaheim Ducks 2/9/24 Game Info
|Friday, February 9, 2024, at 10:00 PM ET
Goaltender Stuart Skinner vs. Goaltender John Gibson
Edmonton Oilers netminder Stuart Skinner has exceeded expectations in his first full NHL season. In 34 games played, Skinner has compiled a 23-9-1 record along with a stout 2.44 GAA and .917 save percentage. He has shown poise beyond his years, making key saves at crucial moments. Skinner will need to stay focused against an Anaheim team that capitalizes on mistakes.
For the Anaheim Ducks, John Gibson continues to face a high volume of shots each night. In 32 games played, he has managed just a 10-19-1 record with a 3.05 GAA and .901 save percentage. While the numbers aren’t impressive, Anaheim’s defensive struggles are more to blame than Gibson himself. He will need to be on top of his game to give Anaheim any chance at an upset Friday night. With Edmonton’s arsenal of scorers, Gibson will need to channel his past All-Star form.
NHL Odds/Point Spread: TBD, Total Odds: TBD
As the betting odds and point spreads for this matchup remain TBD, bettors are advised to keep a close eye on updates. The Oilers, given their superior record and offensive capabilities, are likely to enter the game as favorites. However, the Ducks’ potential for upsets, especially at home, should not be underestimated.
Edmonton Oilers Betting Trends
The Oilers have hit a rough patch lately, going just 2-3 straight up and 2-3 against the spread over their last 5 contests. Edmonton has struggled on the road, posting a 10-12 ATS record away from home this season. However, the totals have continued to hit for Oilers games, going over in 2 of their last 5 matchups and 10 of their last 23 road games.
Anaheim Ducks Betting Trends
Much like Edmonton, the Ducks have also gone 2-3 straight up and 3-2 against the spread over their previous 5 outings. Anaheim has been a strong home underdog this season, covering the spread in 14 of their 26 games as a home pup. Meanwhile, the totals have gone over in just 2 of the Ducks last 5 contests, but they have gone over in 10 of their past 26 games at the Honda Center.
Edmonton Oilers vs. Anaheim Ducks 2/9/24 Betting Picks
Based on analysis and betting trends, this game presents an intriguing contest. While the Oilers appear to have an advantage with their potency offense and steady goaltending, their competition from the Ducks may make this matchup closer than records indicate.
Given their overall performance this season and individual standouts such as McDavid and Skinner, the Oilers appear to be the superior pick. Prop bets on individual player performances could add value; over/under total odds will determine this game, although recent trends show both teams tending towards scoring high totals that could create high-scoring affairs.
This prediction favors Edmonton’s offensive strength and goaltending as the difference-maker in an expectedly tight game against Anaheim. Our free hockey tips and picks suggest betting on Edmonton’s ability to control play against Anaheim for victory.
Free Pick and Prediction: Edmonton Oilers 4, Anaheim Ducks 2