Free NHL Picks For Tonight (Dec 16): Oilers vs Wild Prediction
Saturday opens another busy weekend full of NHL action. Eleven games will be on in total on Saturday. With twenty-two teams playing, there are plenty of exciting matchups to pick up. Here are my best bets for December 16. If you have thought about buying sports betting picks you should read our Pay For Picks article and take advantage of our free NHL consensus betting picks for tonight. Odds for our NHL picks can be found at BetOnline.
Edmonton Oilers vs Minnesota Wild Prediction
The Oilers and Wild are going to play for the first time this season. The two teams will play three times this season. This game will kick off the festivities on Saturday. Edmonton enters Saturday with a 13-17-2 record. The Oilers have been on a win one, lose one pattern since November 28. Edmonton lost last game. Minnesota will enter the game 17-11-3. The Wild have won four in a row.
Both teams are going in different directions with their goaltenders. Cam Talbot was activated off injured reserve on Friday. Devan Dubnyk has been ruled out for a few weeks. Minnesota is having injury issues at the moment, while the Oilers are getting healthier. Minnesota is also without Zach Parise and Jared Spurgeon. If Talbot can step up, the Oilers could get a big win on Saturday.
Alex Stalock stepped up and got a shut out in his first game in Dubnyk’s absence. Stalock stopped twenty-eight shots. He has a .916 save percentage on the season and a 2.61 GAA. Stalock has gone 5-3-1 with the Wild. He will be heavily relied on with Dubnyk out until the end of December. Cam Talbot has not been nearly as good as he was last season. That being said, Talbot still plays a big role for the Oilers. Talbot has a .903 save percentage on the season and a GAA of 3.00. In a matchup between him and Stalock, it will be interesting to see who can step up and get their team the win.
Even in Edmonton’s struggles, McDavid has been a bright spot the Oilers offense. McDavid has twelve goals and thirty-nine points on the season. Second place is a three-way tie between Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Milan Lucic and Leon Draisaitl. They all have twenty-two points. McDavid will once again be the key to the Oilers offense on Saturday.
Edmonton Oilers (+109) at Minnesota Wild (-120)
Minnesota’s point leader is Eric Staal. Staal has twenty-seven points in thirty-one games. Jason Zucker leads the team in goals with fourteen and has added eleven assists. The Wild do not have the same type of firepower that the Oilers have, but have clearly done better this season. Their success comes largely from their defensive style.
Edmonton lost their last game 4-0 to the Nashville Predators. The Oilers outshot the Predators 46-23, but still could score. If the Oilers continue to play like this in Saturday afternoon’s matchup, it could cause issues for the Wild. Minnesota is listed at -120, which implies that they will win this game fifty-five percent of the time. With the recent injury to Dubnyk, I am not sure we can give the Wild so much confidence. I believe that usually this money line is right, but I think the Oilers have a chance to pull off an important upset tomorrow.