Pittsburgh Penguins’ Sidney Crosby (87) defends against Edmonton Oilers’ Connor McDavid (97) during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Pittsburgh, Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2019. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
The Edmonton Oilers are home favorites against the Pittsburgh Penguins on December 1st, 2021
This will be only the 8th head-to-head NHL meeting between Sidney Crosby and Connor McDavid
See the Penguins vs Oilers odds, betting analysis and best bet for this highly anticipated NHL matchup
It’s the type of superstar showdown that makes you drool, as Sidney Crosby and the Penguins visit Connor McDavid and the Edmonton Oilers at Rogers Place on Wednesday at 10pm ET with Edmonton listed as -130 home favorites in the Penguins vs Oilers odds.
Let’s take a look at all the possible bets available in the Penguins vs Oilers odds and lines, while also taking a glance into SBD’s NHL best pick for this heavyweight clash.
Penguins vs Oilers Odds
O 6 (-110)
December 1st, 2021
U 6 (-110)
Odds as of November 30th at DraftKings
Oilers Bets and Early Season Returns
The Oilers continue to be one of the best NHL’s best bets with a 28.5% return of investment when picking them on the moneyline. Even though they were underdogs in the NHL odds against the Golden Knights on Saturday, they still were able to emerge victorious, thanks to a 36-save performance by Mikko Koskinen.
In fact, the Oilers’ win over Vegas was only the sixth time they’ve ever won a game when Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl are both held pointless since they came into the league!
Koskinen is expected to get the nod in goal again on Wednesday night. He’ll likely be staring down Tristan Jarry at the other end.
Jarry has had a terrific start to the season and may be making a case to grab a spot on Team Canada’s roster at The 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing.
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Will Oilers Injury Issues affecting Public Betting?
One big cause for concern in Edmonton is injuries, and they seem to keep piling up in one place — the blueline, where Cody Ceci has been added to the infirmary.
The shorthanded Edmonton Oilers defence corps took another hit, Cody Ceci being placed in COVID-19 protocol on Tuesday. The team also cancelled practice for precautionary reasons.https://t.co/rZNvWb7v0f
— Sportsnet (@Sportsnet) November 30, 2021
On the other end, the Penguins continue to miss Evgeni Malkin as he recovers from offseason knee surgery. He does look like he’s making strides as he showed on the practice rink in Edmonton.
Malkin still working out the kinks, but skating hard and pushing himself today in Edmonton. Penguins on the practice rink, Oilers skate cancelled after Ceci put in Covid protocol. pic.twitter.com/qO3tybigco
— Ryan Rishaug (@TSNRyanRishaug) November 30, 2021
It’s too bad Malkin will miss this one. If he played that would’ve meant four different Hart Trophy and Art Ross winners taking the ice at the same time. How often do you get to see that?
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Battle of Generational Talents
All eyes will surely be focused on Crosby and McDavid, despite Draisaitl leading the league in scoring. The German has flown up the board if we peek at the Hart Trophy odds, as he sits as the second betting favorite at +288, right behind number 97.
This is only the eighth time Crosby and McDavid will go head-to-head in an NHL matchup, even though McDavid is now in his seventh season. Injuries and COVID-19 have prevented more meetings between the two.
When they have played against each other, Crosby’s Penguins have a big edge.
Penguins vs Oilers Recent Results
EDM 2 – PIT 5
PIT 1 – EDM 2 OT
PIT 3 – EDM 1
EDM 5 – PIT 6 OT
EDM 2- PIT 3
Crosby is 6-0-1 when he plays against McDavid despite the Oilers captain getting 10 points in those games to Sid’s four. Crosby does own the best highlight of this rivalry though, an overtime game winner in 2018.
You can bet McDavid will be anxious to get back on the scoresheet after being held pointless on Saturday.
Penguins vs Oilers Pick
Give credit to Edmonton for ending their Southwest road trip with a couple of wins, but with another blow to the blueline it’s tough to see them continue their winning ways.
The Oilers have too many youngsters begin forced to play defense before they’re ready, so I think that gives the edge to the Penguins in this one.
This should be a very entertaining game, and at +110, I’m going with the Penguins moneyline in the Wednesday NHL odds.
Pick: Pittsburgh Penguins Moneyline (+110)