9:37 pm
November 5

Rangers @ Oilers

Who will WIN this matchup?

New York Rangers (6-2-2)

@ Edmonton Oilers (8-1-0)


Starting Goalies:

Alexandar Georgiev (NYR): Confirmed

Mikko Koskinen (EDM): Confirmed


Current odds:

New York Rangers: (+135)

Edmonton Oilers: (-155)


When Leon Draisaitl and Connor McDavid touch the puck, it is likely headed to the back of the net either in the form of a goal or an assist. The duo has combined for 39 points to help the Edmonton Oilers get off to a dominant 8-1 start, and they look to keep it rolling Friday night when they host the New York Rangers.

Edmonton’s quick start is its best nine-game start since the 1985-86 team also opened 8-1 on the way to scoring 426 goals and attaining 119 points. The Oilers have scored 39 goals so far, including 13 times in 28 power-play opportunities thanks to the potent offense being produced by Draisaitl and McDavid.

In last year’s 56-game season, the duo combined for 64 of Edmonton’s 183 goals while also combining for 125 assists. So far, they are leading the scoring race by combining for 16 goals and 23 assists.

Draisaitl became the first player to reach 20 points Wednesday when he scored twice and added an assist in a 5-2 win over the visiting Nashville Predators. McDavid hiked his total to 19 points by setting up Draisaitl’s goals and Edmonton won by at least three goals for the fourth time so far.

Besides Draisaitl and McDavid’s potent production, the Oilers are getting a quick start from Ryan Nugent-Hopkins. Nugent-Hopkins leads the NHL with 13 assists after getting two more Wednesday and is six shy of matching his assist total from last season.

The Rangers are tied with the Calgary Flames for the league lead with five road wins but are hoping to rebound after squandering a two-goal lead and taking a 3-2 overtime loss to the Vancouver Canucks on Tuesday. New York’s strong road start was built on an ability to score in the third period as it scored 10 times after the second period during its five-game road winning streak. After Mika Zibanejad and Artemi Panarin scored power-play goals in the second on Tuesday night, the Rangers gave up two goals in the first 5:19 of the third before falling in overtime.

The teams are meeting for the first time since Edmonton nearly blew a six-goal lead in a 7-5 home win on Dec. 31, 2019. The Oilers are also seeking a fifth straight win over the Rangers after dropping seven of the previous 10 encounters.

StreakSmarter Pick
Edmonton Oilers