NHL Picks: Oilers Favorite to Beat Red Wings – February 15

  • What: Detroit Red Wings vs. Edmonton Oilers
  • Date: Wednesday, February 15, 2023
  • Location: Rogers Place in Edmonton, AB, Canada
  • Time: 9:30 p.m. ET
  • How to Watch: SN1, SNW, TVAS, BSDETX, ESPN+

The second — and final — meeting of the 2023 NHL regular season between the Detroit Red Wings and Edmonton Oilers takes place tonight at Rogers Place in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. The first 2023 game between the clubs occurred on February 7 in Detroit. The Oilers triumphed in that game, beating the Red Wings 5-2. Detroit is unbeaten since that matchup, winning three games by a combined score of 13-4. Meanwhile, Edmonton is 1-2 since the club downed the Red Wings, defeating Ottawa (6-3), while losing to the Flyers (2-1) and Canadiens (6-2) on the road.

Detroit enters tonight’s game in Edmonton as the No. 6 team in the Atlantic Division with a record of 24-20-8. The Red Wings have 53 points on the 2023 season and the team has a road record of 10-95. As for the home club, Edmonton is in fourth place in the Pacific Division with 65 points. The Oilers’ record on the 2023 NHL season is 30-19-5 and the team is 13-11-3 on home ice at Rogers Place.

Before we look at the betting breakdown for tonight’s NHL matchup between the Detroit Red Wings and the Edmonton Oilers, check out our guide to betting on the 2023 Stanley Cup and our tips for betting on the NHL.

Detroit Red Wings vs. Edmonton Oilers picks for February 15, 2023

TeamsBetOnline ReviewBetUS ReviewGTBets Review
Detroit Red Wings+198+190+200
Edmonton Oilers-221-230-235

Detroit Red Wings breakdown

The Detroit Red Wings’ most recent trip to the NHL playoffs came in 2016. They were eliminated in the first round that year. This year, the playoffs are in reach for the Wings, but the team is going to need to make some changes if it hopes to play in the 2023 NHL postseason.

Detroit needs to score more goals. The team has 160 goals on the 2023 season, which puts it in the bottom half of the NHL. As for a goal differential, the team is -9 on the season, which is the fifth biggest deficit in the Eastern ConferenceDylan Larkin leads the Red Wings in goals (29), assists (30) and points (50). Outside of Larkin, four Red Wings’ players have more than 10 goals: Lucas Raymond (15), Dominik Kubalik (14), David Perron (14) and Jonatan Berggren (11). Raymond hasn’t scored since January 21, Kubalik is goalless since January 19 and Perron’s most recent goal came on January 17. As for Larkin, he has five goals in the three most recent Detroit games.

The Red Wings starting goalie, Ville Husso, has a 20-1205 record to go with a goals against average of 2.89 and a .905 save percentage.

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Edmonton Oilers breakdown

The Edmonton Oilers were trending in the right direction before the All-Star break. Between January 11 and January 28, Edmonton went 7-0-1. The only blemish on their record was a 3-2 OT loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets at home. During that stretch, the Oilers went 4-0 on the road with wins over Anaheim, San Jose, Vegas and Vancouver. Since coming back from the break, the Oilers are 2-2.

The duo of Conor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl are once again leading the Oilers — and the NHL — in offense. McDavid is tops in the league in points (97), goals (42) and second in assists (55), while putting up some of the highest time on ice of a forward at 22:39 per game. Draisaitl is second in the league in points (79), fourth in assists (49) and 11th in goals (30). The Oilers have Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Zach Hyman to help with scoring. Both have over 24 goals on the year and check in with 63 points apiece.

Edmonton’s goaltending duo has been capable, if not outstanding this year with Stuart Skinner having a goals against average of 2.95 and a save percentage of .913. His partner, Jack Campbell, has a 3.27 GAA and SV% of .890. Overall the Oilers are +26 in goal differential, which puts them near the top of the Western Conference.

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Best bet for Detroit Red Wings vs. Edmonton Oilers

The Edmonton Oilers offense is one of the most potent in the NHL this season. The Red Wings don’t have the tools to contain players like Conor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl over a full 60-minute game and the team is relying far too much on the scoring of one player, Dylan Larkin. With that, the best bet for tonight’s contest between the Detroit Red Wings and theEdmonton Oilers is to pick the Oilers to win.

Best bet: Edmonton Oilers to beat the Detroit Red Wings.

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