Madison Square Garden is the venue for the game between New York Rangers (0-3-0) and Edmonton Oilers (0-1-0) on Saturday afternoon.
Both teams were also in action on Thursday evening (results unknown at time of writing), with the Rangers on home-ice against the San Jose Sharks and the Oilers on the road at the Boston Bruins.
Neither of those games look like they would be easy, coming as they do against teams whom many predictions have down as potential Stanley Cup champions. What makes those games even more of a challenge is that neither the Rangers nor the Oilers have yet to register a single point, much less a win, in the NHL this season as yet.
For the Rangers that equated to three straight losses, whereas the Oilers could at least point to the fact that they had only played one game, a 5-2 loss at the New Jersey Devils. There were even mitigating circumstances there, with the Oilers having had to travel all the way to the Scandinavium in Sweden for that game, which can’t have helped their cause.
Ahead of the game against the Sharks, the Rangers were averaging 2.7 goals per game and scoring on 12.5% of their power play opportunities, whilst conceding 4.7 goals per game and killing 66.7% of their opponents power plays
The Oilers are looking to make up for such an underwhelming performance last season, when they were regarded as one of the favourites for the championship in the futures NHL betting odds. They will certainly expect a vast improvement this season and in the likes of Connor McDavid, they unquestionably have quality in abundance. They have to be our NHL tip to see off this mediocre looking Rangers team.
Pick: Money Line – Edmonton Oilers