The Detroit Red Wings have lost four straight, but no need to worry. The Edmonton Oilers are the best cure for any team’s losing streak.

The Oilers, who are the worst team in the Western Conference, are likely to fail in Detroit on Friday night 

The Edmonton Oilers Can Win Because…: 

Edmonton OilersThe Detroit Red Wings are reeling right now. The Red Wings, who once had an eye on finishing first in the Western Conference, now have the Chicago Blackhawks squarely in their rearview mirror in the Central Division. 

Nothing is going right for Detroit right now as they have lost four straight and scored exactly one goal in three of those four contests. 

Edmonton has lost two straight but both of their opponents were top-three teams in the Eastern Conference. On the whole, they have still won seven of their last 12 games.

There aren’t many stats that favor Edmonton in this contest but the fact that they are lose and have nothing on the line might work in their favor. They aren’t expected to accomplish anything on Friday night at Joe Louis Arena but sometimes that type of loose attitude leads to wins. 

The Detroit Red Wings Can Win Because…: 

The Edmonton Oilers penalty kill is brutal. 

Detroit Red WingsWhen a team is struggling offensively, they look to the power play to get a kick-start. The Red Wings should be able to do exactly that on Friday night. 

They’ve struggled recently with just seven goals in their last four games but their power play has provided three of those goals and should offer even more against Edmonton. The Oilers penalty kill ranks 29th in the NHL at 76.7% and has given up three power play goal in their last two games. 

Compounding the defensive problems for the Oilers could be netminder Nikolai Khabibulin – if he’s in net. He has a GAA of 4.46 against the Red Wings this season. 

The Oilers have lost their three leading scorers of the past week and it has showed. They have scored just one goal in their last two outings and in Wednesday’s contest, managed just five shots in the third period. Considering Detroit has averaged more than 36 shots per game the three times they have faced Edmonton this season, this could get ugly unless one of the Oilers netminders stands on his head. 

The NHL odds boards obviously favor the Red wings in this game, but do NHL bettors just want to stick with the money line? I feel that this match offers more than just one way to extend your winnings with this evenings NHL Free Picks.

Outlook & NHL Betting Prediction: 

This is a tough spot for Edmonton. It’s their third game in four nights – all on the road – and they just aren’t scoring goals right now. If there was any hope of Detroit looking past this matchup, the fact that they have lost four straight will ensure that they bring their most focused effort. 

The Oilers are 1-9 after playing 3 consecutive road games and 8-23 after allowing four goals or more in the previous contest. Detroit is 17-9 when facing a team with a losing record this season. 

If you don’t mind a mouthful of chalk, lay the moneyline but the puckline is the shrewder investment in this contest. 

Pick: Red Wings -1.5