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Edmonton Oilers’ Uphill Battle: Can McDavid Lead a Turnaround Against the Strong Hurricanes?

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The season hasn’t been at all what the Edmonton Oilers had drawn up. They are currently 30th in a 32-team league. Their goaltending has been abysmal, and it’s already led to a coaching change.

 However, you never want to count out Connor McDavid and Leon Draisitl, so there are no empty-calorie games here.

On December 6th, those Oilers welcome the Hurricanes to Edmonton for what should be a great tilt.

The Hurricanes have a +5 goal differential, while the Oilers have a -5 goal differential, which means there’s a good chance at a high-scoring game. Both teams score quite well, with the Oilers averaging 3.36 goals per game, and the Hurricanes averaging 3.52 goals per game. The over/under for 6.5 goals in this game is -137/+113.

 The Hurricanes aren’t gangbusters on the road, with their away record sitting at 6-6-0, but the Oilers aren’t exactly dominating at home either; their record sits at 5-4-0. While the Oilers have been coming on a bit better lately, the Hurricanes still hold an unrelenting forecheck that gets under the skin of every team they face. They also recently got back star player Andrei Svechnikov from injury. The Hurricanes’ odds to win are -104.

 The Hurricanes are scoring by committee, with only one player with more than 1 point per game, Sebastian Aho. It might be harder to pin down a goal scorer from this team as well, with only Teuvo Teravainen having a double-digital goal total of 11. Recently returned from injury, Andrei Svechnikov as an anytime scorer has +226 odds.

 The Oilers, on the other hand, rely pretty heavily on their top two stars. Connor McDavid and Leon Draisitl both have 29 points, and show no signs of slowing down; they’ve both clawed their way back into the top 15 in total points, and there’s a pretty good chance that at least one of them will score. On top of that, Draisitl is averaging 3 shots per game; the odds for him to be over 3 is -122.

While the Hurricanes hold the better points percentage over the season (.630), the Oilers (.423) are bound for some good luck and are desperate to climb their way back up in the standings. Missing the playoffs is not an option for this team; in fact, they started the season by saying “Cup or bust”. They’ll be desperate for a win. The Oilers odds to win the game are -122.

Can McDavid and Draisitl put the team on their back again, and will their way to victory? Or will the Hurricanes be too much, and overwhelm the Oilers’ subpar goaltending?

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