The Arizona Coyotes schedule has been unkind to the Yotes in 2022-23 as they are finally at the end of an incredible fourteen game road-trip. Continue reading below to get our best Coyotes vs Oilers prediction, Betting Picks and much more.
To make things more interesting, besides having the best hockey player ever playing in the game, we may have a battle of backup goalies in Northern Alberta.
First of Three Head-To-Head Matchups
This is the first of three head-to-head matchups between the Coyotes and Oilers in 2022-23. We’ll review the stats, trends, and odds and make our Coyotes vs. Oilers prediction to help your online betting ticket tonight.
Puck drop is set for 9:30 p.m. ET from Rogers Place in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. You can catch this game on NHLPP, ESPN+, or regional broadcast partners.
Arizona Coyotes vs. Edmonton Oilers Odds
As expected, NHL odds have the Edmonton Oilers as heavy favorites on the moneyline. The Oilers are listed between -278 and -300 odds on the moneyline.
The Arizona Coyotes are the underdog ranging from +225 to +238. The Oilers have a 14-12 straight-up record on the moneyline, while the Coyotes are 7-16 straight-up in the moneyline.
Arizona is listed at +1.5 on the puck line spread, with odds ranging from +100 to -112. Edmonton is listed at -1.5, with odds from -108 to -120. The Coyotes have a 14-9 record against the spread, while the Oilers have a 12-14 record ATS.
The total goals line is set at 6.5, which is reasonably standard across most NHL matchups.
The over has odds ranging from -115 to -125, while the under is listed between +100 and -105. The Oilers have a 15-9 over/under record, while the Coyotes have a 10-13 over/under record.
- Date: Wednesday, December 7, 2022
- Time: 9:30 p.m.
- Venue: Rogers Place
- Location: Edmonton, AB
- How to Watch: ESPN+
Arizona Coyotes vs. Edmonton Oilers Betting Preview
The Arizona Coyotes enter Wednesday night’s matchup with a 7-12-4 record. The Coyotes are seventh in the Central division NHL standings.
The Coyotes have lost their last five games, with four games ending with a one-goal spread and three games hitting the over of 6.5 goals.
Coyotes at the NHL Stats
The Yotes NHL stats speak to their struggles so far this season. Arizona averages 2.65 goals on only 23.9 shots per game while giving up 3.44 goals per game on 34.5 shots. Arizona’s shot differential is alarming and doesn’t bode well for the Coyotes against a highly offensive Oilers team.
A Positive for the Arizona Coyotes?
The Yotes powerplay is converting on 22.1% of their chances (seventeen powerplay goals), which is slightly above the league average.
Arizona will want to stay away from the penalty box as the Oilers will exploit the special teams unit that’s only killing 76.8% of the Coyotes’ penalties.
Clayton Keller leads the Arizona Coyotes in scoring with twenty-two points (seven goals, fifteen assists).
If Arizona is going to succeed against – or simply keep up with – Edmonton, they’ll need the likes of Keller, Matias Maccellli, and Shayne Gostisbehere to produce on the powerplay.
This season, Karel Vejmelka has been Arizona’s main goaltender, carrying the bulk of the workload.
Vejmelka’s Performance Recap
Vejmelka has played the last three games and six of the Yotes’ last seven games, which includes a 4-0 win over the Carolina Hurricanes. We don’t expect Vejmelka to get the start on Wednesday night in Edmonton.
We think Connor Ingram is going to get the start against the Oilers. Ingram has a 1-5-1 record, a 4.03 save percentage, and a .882 save percentage.
It would be fair to say that Arizona is in for a potentially long night in Edmonton as one of our Coyotes vs Oilers predictions, but that’s a slam dunk pick as long nights are the case most often for the Arizona Coyotes.
The Edmonton Oilers enter Wednesday night’s matchup with the Yotes with a 14-12-0 record.
The Oilers have won three of their last five, with three of those games ending in a one-goal spread. The Oilers have hit the over in five of their last six games.
The Oilers average 3.42 goals per game on 31.7 shots while giving up 3.58 goals on 33.6 shots per game.
The Oilers’ powerplay is among the best in the league and will score against the Yotes’ penalty kill, given the opportunity. Edmonton’s powerplay is converting on 29.0% of their chances (twenty-seven powerplay goals).
However, along with goaltending, the Oilers struggle defensively, especially on the penalty kill. The Oilers’ penalty killers are operating at 70.3% efficiency and have given up thirty powerplay goals.
That’s horrible for a team with the best player in hockey and intentions of a deep playoff run.
McDavid at the Leadership
Did you know the best hockey player probably ever leads the NHL player stats rankings? Shocking, we know, but If Connor McDavid is not in your nightly prop bets, you are shorting yourself.
McDavid has forty-eight points (twenty-two goals, twenty-six assists) in thirty-six games, is the primary reason to watch the Edmonton Oilers nightly, and is helping the Oilers channel their 80s glory days by trying to outscore the opposition and their goaltending.
The 80s Oilers had Hall of Famer Grant Fuhr, who made big saves when they needed them so they could outscore their opposition.
The present-day Oilers continue a trend of goalies and defensive groups struggling in Northern Alberta, despite having the offensive talent to outscore sub-par goaltending.
The Oilers will likely turn to their major free-agent acquisition Jack Campbell against the Coyotes, who was supposed to be a major upgrade in net and fix this problem.
Edmonton’s Two Goalies
However, Stuart Skinner has been the better of Edmonton’s two goalies, but he has played the last two games and four of the last five for the Oilers, leading us to Campbell as the starter.
Campbell has a 7-6-0, a 4.12 goals-against average, and a .872 save percentage.
According to ESPN, the Edmonton Oilers have the only notable names on the NHL injury report for this game.
Evander Kane is one of the notable names on the long-term injured reserve list, while Zach Hyman is listed as day-to-day.
Arizona Coyotes vs. Edmonton Oilers Betting Preview
Public money is taking the over as their NHL picks, and it’s not because a team is playing the perennial backmarker in the NHL, the Arizona Coyotes.
Public money is on the over because it’s the Edmonton Oilers, and they have the combination of McDavid, Draisaitl, and often terrible goaltending.
Who to Bet On?
We don’t want to pick the Oilers on the moneyline because those odds have no value, but unless Campbell has a meltdown and McDavid and Draisaitl go silent against a team who gives up a lot of shots and a backup goalie, the Oilers should win this game.
This might sound crazy, but our final Coyotes vs Oilers prediction is for the Coyotes to cover the +1.5 spread.
NHL Pick: Coyotes +1.5 (-100)