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Edmonton Oilers vs Pittsburgh Penguins predictions

Face-off: 2200 ET, 01/12/2021

Venue: Rogers Place

Leon Draisaitl and Connor McDavid have fired Edmonton into contention in the Western Pacific division and can help to see off Pittsburgh.

Draisaitl leads the NHL with 20 goals and 40 points, while McDavid has the highest number of assists on 22 and 14 scores to his credit.

If the top duo are on song again at Rogers Place, 2.15 for a home win in regular time will look generous in our Edmonton Oilers vs Pittsburgh Penguins predictions.

Edmonton Oilers Odds

Edmonton return to their own ice after a couple of handy road wins, beating Arizona 5-3 and then Vegas 3-2.

The Oilers showed they are more than just a two-man team against the Golden Knights, as a couple of other players achieved notable landmarks.

Zach Hyman registered his 200th NHL point when scoring late in the first period and Kris Russell set a new milestone for blocked shots.

The six he managed at T-Mobile Arena on Saturday put him on 2,003 in 890 games, eclipsing the previous best of Brent Seabrook.

“In the history of the game, there’s nobody who’s blocked more shots than that,” said coach Dave Tippett. “If everyone knew how much that hurt, it’s incredible.”

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Jesse Puljujarvi also netted, while Mikko Koskinen made 36 saves to stave off a fightback from Vegas and take his personal record this term to 11-2-0.

Even at this early stage, all the signs are that Edmonton can start planning for going further into the play-offs than the opening round they managed last season.

Looking at the 1.95 for Draisaitl to register over 1.5 points.

Pittsburgh Penguins Odds

Pittsburgh recently enjoyed a run up the Eastern Metropolitan division with five straight wins but have since suffered back-to-back defeats.

The Penguins went down 6-3 to Montreal at home before being shaded 2-1 in overtime by Calgary on the road.

However, those setbacks were overshadowed by Monday’s news that Fenway Sports Group has entered into an agreement to acquire a controlling interest in the team.

FSG have enjoyed great success as owners of baseball giants Boston Red Sox and Premier League soccer club Liverpool.

Chairman Tom Werner said: “We will work diligently to continue building on the remarkable Penguins’ tradition of championships and exciting play.

“We are particularly excited to welcome Mario Lemieux and Ron Burkle to FSG and have the utmost respect for all they have done to build the Penguins into the perennially successful franchise we know today.”

Jake Guentzel is going well up front for Pittsburgh but they have relied heavily on goaltender Tristan Jarry of late.

The Penguins were sluggish in open play against the Flames and 6.00 for the Oilers to win by three is added to our NHL predictions.

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Last result:

Vegas 2-3 EDMONTON

Calgary 2-1 PITTSBURGH (OT)

Head-to-head: Edmonton 2-5 Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh 1-2 Edmonton, Pittsburgh 3-1 Edmonton, Edmonton 5-6 Pittsburgh

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