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High-Flying Oilers Look To Stay Hot Vs Flyers

The Edmonton Oilers take on the Philadelphia Flyers on Wednesday night.

The Edmonton Oilers have come out swinging, scoring a whopping 24 goals en route to a perfect record after five games. The Flyers, in the cellar of the Metropolitan Division, are fresh off a loss to the red-hot Panthers and must now face an equally sizzling Oilers team.


Philadelphia Flyers vs Edmonton Oilers
  • Date/Time: October 27, 10 p.m. ET
  • Arena: Rogers Place
  • TV Coverage: SN1, TNT
  • Opening Odds: Oilers -160 | O/U 6.5 (Line History)
  • Flyers vs Oilers Matchup Report

Opening Odds Analysis

The Oilers, one of the highest-scoring teams in the NHL, come into this one as the heavy home favorites. Fatigue will not play a factor as both teams have had ample time to rest. Three of Edmonton’s five games have surpassed tonight’s total of 6.5 goals. 

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Philadelphia News & Notes

The Flyers are last in their division but have played the fewest number of games, with a 2-1-1 record that includes a 6-3 thrashing of Boston for the Bruins’ only loss of the early season. If that score is any indication, the Flyers can hang with the best of them.

Offseason acquisitions Cam Atkinson, Keith Yandle and Ryan Ellis have all made positive contributions, adding to the character of a team head coach Alain Vigneault expects to be a tough squad to play against.

Ellis, though, missed the Flyers’ most recent game with a shoulder injury and has been ruled out for tonight’s contest. 

Edmonton News & Notes

Edmonton’s 5-0-0 start has equaled the best in franchise history and a win against the Flyers can set a new record.

Superstars Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl obviously lead the team but this year the supporting cast is getting in on the action. Jesse Puljujarvi is enjoying his spell on the top line alongside McDavid, linemate Zach Hyman already has five goals and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins has seven assists. To put things simply, Edmonton’s top-six forwards look unstoppable at the moment.

The same can’t be said for their goaltending situation, however, with the tandem of Mike Smith and Mikko Koskinen remaining the most uncertain aspect of this team. 

How Philadelphia Will Win 

The Flyers will look to engage in a high-scoring affair but need to be the team with better goaltending. They won’t completely shut out the Oilers but limiting their opportunities will go a long way in finishing the game with more goals. 

How Edmonton Will Win

No team is scoring more goals per game than Edmonton. Much of this has to do with the Oilers’ incredible power-play conversion rate of 47.1 percent. Taking penalties against this team is a recipe for disaster. 

Computer Pick: Oilers ML (-180)

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Shark Bites
  • Philadelphia is 1-4 in its last 5 road games.
  • The OVER is 3-1-1 in Edmonton’s 5 games.
  • The OVER is 3-1 in Philadelphia’s 4 games.