Face-off: 2200 ET, 15/01/2022
Venue: Rogers Place
Ottawa upset the odds when travelling to Calgary on Thursday and are taken to prove that was no flash in the pan now visiting Edmonton.
As with all Canadian teams, both of these sides have been largely inactive due to Covid issues of late, making surprise results more likely.
We just feel 2.85 for an away win on the money line is tempting enough to feature in our Edmonton Oilers vs Ottawa Senators predictions.
Edmonton Oilers Odds
Edmonton have had 10 days off since starting 2022 with a trio of defeats, which stretched their winless run to five games overall.
Evan Bouchard, Slater Koekkoek, Brendan Perlini, Ilya Konovalov, Tyler Benson, Warren Foegele, Dylan Holloway, Kyle Turris and six support staff have all been sidelined of late.
The Oilers will hope that recalling goalie Stuart Skinner from the Bakersfield Condors proves a good omen.
He enjoyed victories in his last two NHL starts in mid-December and has since gone 6-0-2 in the AHL.
With Mike Smith injured and Mikko Koskinen out of sorts, the stage is set for Skinner to come to the rescue again.
Head coach Dave Tippett said: “Skinner played three games last week and played very well in all three of them, so we’ll give him an opportunity to continue to play well.
“He’s put a lot of time and effort in and really willed himself to an NHL level and now he just needs the opportunity.
“Through injury this year, he’s got some opportunity and played well, so the opportunity grows.”
Skinner’s overall record of 4-5-0 is only ordinary, though, and Ottawa did put five goals past him on his sole start last season, albeit when conceding eight times themselves.
Looking at the 10.0 for the Senators to shade victory by any one-goal margin in regular time.
Ottawa Senators Odds
Ottawa had only played once in 26 days before travelling to Calgary – and that match saw them thrashed 6-0 at Toronto.
However, the Senators made light of another 12-day absence when romping to a 4-1 triumph over the Maple Leafs.
Nick Paul was the driving force behind that victory, netting twice and thundering another shot against the crossbar in the third period.
“We’d been off for a long time, practiced a lot,” he said. “Coming in, we knew those first two shifts, as hard as you can, get in the game and take it from there.
“Wherever I play, I try to do my role, which is create space, win battles, take pucks to the net. It was a good effort all around. It was a good effort to build on.”
Goaltender Matt Murray impressed with 27 saves for his first win of the season and head coach DJ Smith declared: “He saw the puck all night and looked really confident.”
Although that was considered a surprise success, Ottawa had actually been in decent form before the lay-offs and can boast a 6-3-1 record from their last 10 outings.
That stretch also includes notable scalps such as Carolina, Colorado and Tampa Bay.
Ottawa’s best period this season has been the middle one, with 36 goals netted, so 3.6 they outscore Edmonton in P2 is added to our NHL predictions.
Toronto 4-2 EDMONTON
Calgary 1-4 OTTAWA
Head-to-head: Ottawa 1-3 Edmonton, Ottawa 2-4 Edmonton, Edmonton 3-2 Ottawa, Ottawa 2-3 Edmonton
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