7:07 pm
November 12

Oilers @ Sabres

Who will WIN this matchup?

Edmonton Oilers (10-2-0)

@ Buffalo Sabres (5-5-2)


Starting Goalies:

Stuart Skinner (EDM): Confirmed

Dustin Tokarski (BUF): Confirmed


Current odds:

Edmonton Oilers: (-170)

Buffalo Sabres: (+150)


The high-octane Edmonton Oilers look to continue their sizzling start to the season on Friday night when they visit the Buffalo Sabres. Leon Draisaitl collected two third-period goals — the tying and go-ahead tallies — to go with an assist while captain Connor McDavid extended his season-opening point streak to 12 games in Edmonton’s 5-3 victory over the host Boston Bruins on Thursday.

Draisaitl, the reigning NHL First Star of the Week, has NHL-best totals in goals (12) and points (26). McDavid has nine and 24, respectively. He also has a point in each of his last 20 regular-season appearances dating back to May 1. Impressive numbers to be certain, even if Draisaitl said the Oilers’ victory on Thursday was anything but aesthetically pleasing.

Taken at face value, Edmonton has scored at least five goals in eight of its 12 games. One of the Oilers’ four outliers came in the opener of their five-game road trip, a 4-2 setback at the Detroit Red Wings on Tuesday.

Mikko Koskinen made 26 saves while competing for the ninth time in his last 10 games.

Like Edmonton, Buffalo enjoyed a sterling start to the season. But unlike the Oilers, the Sabres have seen the bottom fall out. After a 5-1-1 beginning to the campaign, Buffalo has lost five straight (0-4-1).

Tage Thompson didn’t dent the scoresheet against the Capitals; however, that didn’t diminish his confidence. The 2016 first-round pick has five points (two goals, three assists) in his last seven games and leads the Sabres forwards in average ice time (17:54) on the season.

Sabres leading goal scorer Victor Olofsson is expected to miss his fifth straight game since sustaining an undisclosed injury during practice on Nov. 1.

StreakSmarter Pick
Edmonton Oilers