Face-off: 1300 ET, 31/12/2021
Arena: Prudential Center
Edmonton will look to get back on a hot streak in New Jersey, as they seek to keep pace with the Pacific Division leaders.
The Oilers went down 4-2 at St Louis on Wednesday and will be desperate to get back into the winning column in their final game of 2021.
Their hosts scraped a victory at Buffalo last time out but have generally struggled this month at 2-8-1.
Edmonton to win by more than 1.5 goals at 2.55 is the first of our NHL predictions.
New Jersey Devils Odds
New Jersey have had a disappointing start to the season and are second from bottom in the Metropolitan Division at 11-15-5.
After losing six straight games, the Devils did return from the Christmas break with a 4-3 road win versus the Sabres.
Jack Hughes had three points and said: “For us to get a few days to refresh and come back to the rink excited, it’s a big deal.
“I think we were all excited coming back and to start it off with a win, that was huge for us.”
Getting key players Nico Hischier, PK Subban and Ryan Graves back from Covid protocols was a big boost.
Even when struggling, New Jersey have often rallied late in games and that offers some value to punters.
Looking at the 2.1 for both teams to score in the third period appeals.
Edmonton Oilers Odds
Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl have led the Edmonton offence all season and actually share top spot in the overall NHL points list.
They will be key to the Oilers leaving with a victory and we think both will get at least one point here.
Edmonton’s offence is high-end and after losing in St Louis, we think they will come out firing here.
Only three teams have scored more goals in the first period and 2.45 for them to lead after the opening 20 minutes is added to our New Jersey Devils vs Edmonton Oilers predictions.
Darnell Nurse, Jesse Puljujarvi and William Lagesson are now available again after clearing Covid protocols and that is a top trio to welcome back.
“It’s great to get people like that back,” said head coach Dave Tippett. “You’re trying to stabilise your line-up a little bit.
“Obviously, Nurse carries a lot of minutes for our group and is our number one defenceman, so when you can put a guy like that in your line-up, it solidifies a lot of things.
“Not just him, but whomever he plays with becomes a key partner too.”
After the loss to St Louis, the Oilers will try and lock things down at the back, so 2.95 for them to win and under 6.5 goals in the game is another good option.
Buffalo 3-4 NEW JERSEY
St Louis 4-2 EDMONTON
Head-to-head: Edmonton 4-0 New Jersey, New Jersey 0-1 Edmonton, Edmonton 3-6 New Jersey, New Jersey 5-2 Edmonton
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