Struggling Mike Smith gets the start, but Edmonton Oilers still have two solid choices in net
Struggling Mike Smith gets the start, but Edmonton Oilers still have two solid choices in net Ask almost any fan of the Edmonton Oilers and they will tell you the same, that goalie Mike Smith is struggling right now.
Sitting atop the Pacific Division standings, the Edmonton Oilers are making steady gains on the 2020 Stanley Cup odds and are now just a step back of the betting favourites as a +1600 Edmonton Oilers ' Connor McDavid (97) celebrates a goal against the Dallas Stars. (Jason Franson/CP).
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Sitting atop the Pacific Division standings, the Edmonton Oilers are making steady gains on theand are now just a step back of the betting favourites as a +1600 wager at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.
Edmonton opened the campaign amid tempered expectations, sporting lengthy +4000 odds on those NHL futures after failing to crack 80 points in each of the past two seasons. But the Oilers then got out to a strong 7-1-0 start to the season, with superstar forwards Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl leading the way atop the NHL scoring race. The Oilers, though, have cooled off in recent weeks, with a 5-4-1 record over their past 10 games.
Edmonton Oilers GM Ken Holland happy with season so far
Are the Oilers for real? Are they, finally, a good hockey team? "We've come a long way since the start of training camp. Lots more to go," said general manager Ken Holland in an interview with Oilers Now host Bob Stauffer."The elite teams, they go on run in the playoffs. The good teams, they make the playoffs. First order of business is to keep our foot on the pedal. We have to find a way to play our way into the playoffs."Then we have to make some noise in the playoffs," said Holland.So the general manager is taking the wait-and-see approach, but the numbers to this point are impressive.
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The Toronto Maple Leafs, meanwhile, have endured a tumultuous start to the season that resulted in the firing of head coach Mike Babcock, but they continue to lead all Canadian clubs at +1100 on the latest Stanley Cup odds.
A steady presence at or near the top of the futures board throughout the offseason, the Maple Leafs quickly lost ground during a shaky start. The team dipped as far as +2000 on thoseduring the six-game losing streak that led to Babcock's dismissal, but has quickly gained ground under new bench boss Sheldon Keefe.
Currently locked in a tight three-way race for second place in the Central Division, the Winnipeg Jets sit as a +2200 Stanley Cup wager ahead of the Vancouver Canucks at +2800. Mired in controversy in the early going, the Calgary Flames have dipped to +3000 on the latest Stanley Cup odds, while the freefalling Montreal Canadiens have tumbled to a lengthy +6000. The Ottawa Senators sit as +10000 longshots.
Meanwhile, feeling no effects of a Stanley Cup hangover after suffering heartbreak in a championship-deciding Game 7 loss to St. Louis last spring, the Boston Bruins have emerged as the +800 betting favourites on the futures while climbing to the top of the NHL standings.
The Washington Capitals have kept pace with Boston, and have been rewarded with +900, followed by the Colorado Avalanche, who join Toronto as a +1100 wager, while the Blues join the Tampa Bay Lightning at +1200 at sportsbooks.
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"We're not going to sit here and be in a grump about it.""Just that we've done a lot of good things well," answered goalie Mike Smith when asked about Tippett's message. "There are parts of our game that on a consistent basis need to be better. We're not going to sit here and be in a grump about it.