Edmonton Coaching Change Strikes Oil

Edmonton Coaching Change Strikes Oil

Following an appearance in the 2022 Western Conference Final, last year’s second-round playoff exit for the Edmonton Oilers was a disappointment. Especially after improving their win percentage from .634 to .665. And backing up the truck to keep the roster intact. After a 3-9-1 NHL odds start to the 2023-24 season, Edmonton fired head coach Jay Woodcroft. In turn, the Oil hired Kris Knoblauch. Subsequently, the Oiler went on a blistering pace of 24-6 in his first 30 games. A lost season has been saved. Edmonton passed the Los Angeles Kings for third place in the Pacific Division.

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Edmonton Oilers Team Overview

At the approach of the All-Star Break, the Edmonton Oilers are 28-15-1 straight up and 16-20-2 over/under the online betting total. Also, Edmonton is 3rd in the Pacific Division playoff standings. Edmonton is five points behind the Vegas Golden Knights in the Pacific Division playoff race. Late on Edmonton has covered 15 out of their last 16 games. While the Oilers have gone under the total in nine of its previous ten matchups.

Edmonton has NHL rankings of 4th for goals scored and 6th for power play efficiency. In comparison on defense, the Oilers have NHL rankings of 10th for goals against and 8th for penalty killing. The Edmonton Oilers were on absolute fire, printing money over December and January. Correlate that the Oilers tightened up defensively, allowing fewer shots. And they remained one of the most prolific goal-scoring teams in the NHL. Edmonton has become a popular team with gamblers. However, they may become an overlay that can’t sustain such a tremendous pace.

Edmonton Oilers Key Players, Goaltending, and Coach

Head coach Kris Knoblauch is a rookie in this NHL role. Previously, he coached in the Canadian Major Junior ranks and minor leagues.

Number one goaltender Stuart Skinner has a .908 save percentage and 2.49 goals-against average in his first 33 games. Skinner began his NHL career in 2021-22 with Edmonton. Last year, he became the number one netminder.

C Connor McDavid is known as the best player in hockey. McDavid had 17 goals, 43 assists, 60 points, and a +13 in his first 41 games of the season. Connor was the first overall pick of the 2015 NHL Draft by the Oilers, who need McDavid to transform the franchise, which he has done. McDavid is a seven-time NHL All-Star, five-time Art Ross Trophy winner as the NHL’s top scorer, and three-time Hart Memorial Trophy winner as NHL VP.

C Leon Draisaitl had 22 goals, 29 assists, 51 points, and a +7 in his first 43 games. The German native was the third overall pick of the 2014 NHL Draft by Edmonton. Draisaitl is coming off consecutive 50-goal seasons, with another one in 2018-19. He is a five-time NHL All-Star and the winner of the 2020 Hart Memorial Trophy as the NHL MVP.

Edmonton Oilers History

At the beginning, Edmonton was born as a member of the World Hockey Association in 1972. They are best remembered for putting one of the greatest teams in NHL history on the ice in the 1980s. Edmonton won five Stanley Cups from 1984 through 1990. Those teams lit up the marquee with stars such as Paul Coffey, Wayne Gretzky, Jari Kurri, and Mark Messier. Accordingly, in 2015, the Oilers drafted a transformational player, Connor McDavid, first overall in the NHL Draft. McDavid was the spark that the franchise needed.