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Outdoor Games Have Historically Had Ample Goals

Today’s half of the Heritage Classic in Winnipeg, featuring the Oilers and Jets will be a stark contrast to that of yesterday’s Alumni game as we go from watching old timers to watching two of the youngest – and most exciting – teams in the league.

SHARK BITES
  • The Total has gone OVER 5.5 in 6 of the last 9 outdoor NHL games.
  • The Total has gone UNDER 5.5 in these teams last 4 games.
  • The Oilers are 5-2 on the puckline in their last 7 games.

Edmonton has opened their 2016-17 campaign 4-1 and things are starting to look hopeful. Don’t be fooled by their record though as they’ve played just one team that made the playoffs last year. A stat that is not in favor of long-term success for this team is their 2.86 goals allowed per game metric. That number is up for the majority of the teams in the league but the Oilers actually had the worst goals against per game last season with 2.56 so they are trending in the wrong direction.

Cam Talbot is the confirmed starter for the Oilers for the first outdoor game of the year as he looks for his third straight solid performance. Talbot was 2-0 with a .973 save percentage against the Jets last season. Paul Maurice has not tipped his hand at who will fill the Jets’ net but we will more than likely see another appearance from young Connor Hellebuyck as he looks to allow fewer than three goals for the first time this season.

The most exciting battle coming into this game will be that between the 2015 No. 1 overall draft pick Connor McDavid and the 2016 No. 2 overall draft pick Patrick Laine. The Finnish sniper is coming off a three-goal performance against the team that passed him up in the last year's draft and Oilers newest Captain already has eight points through just five games.

I don’t normally buy into the whole outdoor shtick but this matchup is a juicy one. Combine the massive amount of goal scoring talent on the ice with the lack of defense that’s going to be played and goals could tumble from this one – set your DVRs accordingly.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

If you're going with the Winnipeg Jets in this one, they were listed as moneyline favorites of 139 on most NHL hockey betting menus (such as Bovada) early today for Sunday's contest. The over-under total was at 5.5 earlier at Bet365.

Odds Shark computer prediction formulas pick a 3.1-2.4 win for the Oilers on Sunday. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NHL matchups here.

Edmonton Oilers vs Winnipeg Jets Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

This season the Winnipeg Jets are 2-2-0 overall while the Edmonton Oilers are 4-1-0. As for the totals, Winnipeg is 3-1 on the OU, and Edmonton is 3-2. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Winnipeg vs Edmonton injuries news.

The Oilers - Jets odds would favor the Oilers if the lines were set according to our power ranks. Winnipeg is rated No. 22 in the current Odds Shark poll, while Edmonton is at No. 20.

Statistical Matchup

The game also pits Winnipeg's No. 8-ranked offense, averaging 3.5 goals per game, against a Oilers defense that ranks No. 20 at 3.2 goals allowed. The Jets power play is averaging 12.5% while the Oilers defense kills off 84.21% of their penalties.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Last time out for Edmonton, they were a 3-1 winner as they battled the Blues at home. Moneyline bettors who got the Oilers at +111 were rewarded, while the 4 combined goals moved the game UNDER for totals bettors.

Winnipeg was a 5-4 winner in its last match at home against the Maple Leafs. They won as favorites, while the total score of 9 made winners of OVER bettors.

Betting Trends
  • Edmonton is 5-2 ATS in its last 7 games
  • Edmonton is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 5 of Edmonton's last 7 games
  • Edmonton is 10-3 ATS in its last 13 games on the road
  • Winnipeg is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 5 of Winnipeg's last 6 games
  • Winnipeg is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games at home
  • Winnipeg is 8-16 SU in its last 24 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Edmonton home to Washington, Wednesday, October 26th
Winnipeg at Dallas, Tuesday, October 25th

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