The Edmonton Oilers travel to New York for a date with the Rangers in an early afternoon inter-conference matchup. The puck drop is scheduled for 1pm EST from Madison Square Garden.
Edmonton enters this matchup with a record of 10-10 and they sit in the middle of the Pacific Division currently. New York enters with a record of 10-7-4 and are looking to make up some ground themselves in their own division.
The Oilers are having a fun season to start, averaging 3.3 goals per game. This is behind the strong start from Connor McDavid who has 16 goals and 19 assists on the season. McDavid is widely seen as the best player in the NHL and is a major reason as to why the Oilers are a tough team to play against.
For New York, they have averaged three goals per game this season while giving up 2.71 goals per game on average to opponents. The Rangers defense will need to step up and pressure the Oilers in this game as Edmonton can score with the best of them. They provide a pressure on defenses that not many teams can play against so New York has a challenges on their hands.
This should be an exciting matchup between two mid-level teams in the league. Ground still be made up for each so that stepping stone starts now.
Prediction: Edmonton Oilers 3, New York Rangers 2
I think the Oilers will do just enough to take this game from the Rangers. The Oilers offense will carry the day for them and help lead to a needed victory.