Free NHL Picks For Tonight (Mar 8): Islanders vs Oilers Prediction
The NHL has a packed twelve game schedule on Thursday night. The night is filled with plenty of action, which is great. I expect another exciting night like Tuesday night. My picks for tonight is below and the odds can be found at Sportsbetting.ag – Don’t Miss 75% Up To $1000 Bonus. 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 picks instead of paying.
New York Islanders vs Edmonton Oilers Predictions
The Oilers and Islanders both sit outside the playoff picture as of right now. The Oilers have gone 28-34-4. Edmonton sits in sixth-place of the Pacific Division. The Islanders are 29-29-9, which puts them in the seventh seed of the Metropolitan Division. New York is nine points outside the final wild-card position.
These two teams met earlier in the season back on November 7. New York hosted the first game, which the Oilers took by a final score of 2-1 in overtime. Leon Draisaitl scored the games first goal in the second period, but Jordan Eberle scored against his former team to tie it up a few minutes later. Connor McDavid won the game in overtime. Cam Talbot turned away thirty-six shots, while Thomas Greiss had twenty-three saves.
Jaroslav Halak is the projected starter for the Islanders on Thursday night. Halak has gone 18-22-6 in his games this season. He has a save percentage of .908 and a GAA of 3.23. Thomas Greiss has been the other major goaltender for the Islanders, but he is on injured reserve right now. Halak will need to step up if the Islanders are going to end the losing streak on the road.
Cam Talbot has carried most of the Oilers goaltending load this season. It looks like Talbot will be the starter again on Thursday night. Talbot has gone 23-26-2 in net this season. He has a .904 save percentage and a 3.12 GAA. Talbot will be closely matched with Halak.
Adam Larsson is questionable for the Oilers on Thursday night. Larsson is the only player on the injury report for the Oilers. New York has not been so lucky with injuries. Calvin de Haan, Nikolaj Kulemin, Scott Mayfield, Shane Prince and Alan Quine are all out for the Islanders. New York’s depth has taken a major hit with these injuries, but the top lines are mostly able to stay intact.
New York Islanders (+128) at Edmonton Oilers (-141)
The Islanders top line has been producing at an outrageous rate this season, but New York has allowed the most goals by any team this season. Matthew Barzal has scored sixty-nine points to lead all rookies. John Tavares and Anders Lee are tied for the team lead in goals with thirty-one. Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl have carried the scoring for Edmonton. McDavid has thirty goals and eighty points. Draisaitl has twenty-one goals and sixty points.
The Islanders have fallen greatly in the standings recently. New York is currently on a seven-game losing streak. The Islanders head coach called the team out after their most recent loss to Vancouver. I expect that to ignite the team to break the streak. Edmonton has not been a great team this year, which makes them the perfect opponent to end the losing streak against. The Oilers are favored, which makes the pick even sweeter in my opinion.