Edmonton (46-27-6) had been sitting comfortably as the No. 2 seed in the Pacific Division, but the Oilers now find themselves just two points ahead of the surging Los Angeles Kings. The Oilers have a game in hand, but the Kings have won four straight. Edmonton is 26-12-1 at home as compared to 20-15-5 on the road, so home ice is an important thing for these Oilers. Tuesday, however, they must get a positive result on the road to keep the Kings at bay. When the Oilers are on TV it’s all eyes on Connor McDavid. The two-time Hart Trophy winner has set career highs with goals (43), assists (75) and points (118) this season.
Pittsburgh (45-24-11) has stumbled down the stretch, going 4-5-1 over its past ten games and holding off the Washington Capitals for the No. 3 seed in the Metropolitan Division by one point. Washington has one game in hand, so the next two games are must-wins for the Penguins if they want to maintain their current seed. The Penguins aren’t the scoring machine they once were but Sidney Crosby (31 G, 53 A) is still a world-class player. He has five goals and 12 points over the past seven games.
Oilers vs. Penguins
Game odds on DraftKings Sportsbook, picks & predictions
Puck line: Oilers +1.5 (-170), Penguins -1.5 (+150)
Total: Over 6.5 (-125), Under 6.5 (+105)
Moneyline odds: Oilers +135, Penguins -155
Best bet: Penguins -155
Edmonton is finishing their final road trip of the season and trying to bounce back from a 5-2 loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets on Sunday. The Oilers just aren’t the same offensive team on the road and Pittsburgh is playing with a high amount of desperation. The Penguins don’t control where they will play their first-round series, but a win would put the pressure back on Washington to keep up.
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