Free NHL Picks Today: Seattle Kraken vs Edmonton Oilers 3/18/23

Free NHL Picks Today: Seattle Kraken vs Edmonton Oilers 3/18/23
Sat 18th March 2023

Two of the NHL’s top offenses are set to face off at Climate Pledge Arena on Saturday, as the Edmonton Oilers (38-23-8) head to face the Seattle Kraken (38-23-7). Edmonton is coming off a 4-1 win over the Stars on Thursday.

The Oilers took advantage of their power play opportunities, scoring once on four shots while holding Dallas without a power play goal. Mattias Janmark was the top goalscorer for the Oilers with two goals.

Stuart Skinner saved an impressive 25 of 26 shots (.961%) in the win. Seattle beat the Sharks 2-1 (OT) on Thursday. Oliver Bjorkstrand and Vince Dunn each scored once for the Kraken. Bjorkstrand added an assist to lead the team in scoring. Philipp Grubauer saved 31 of 32 shots in the win (.968%).


The Oilers have won two of the three games between the teams this season, including a 5-2 victory in their most recent meeting in January. Zach Hyman led Edmonton with three points (1G 2A). Dunn and Daniel Sprong were on the scoresheet for Seattle. Jack Campbell got the win, saving 29 of 31 shots (.935%).


Edmonton is averaging 3.88 goals per game for the season, best in the NHL, and they are taking on a Kraken team that is allowing 3.15 goals a game (16th). Meanwhile, Seattle has found the net 3.47 times a game on average, fifth in the league, and the Oilers are allowing opponents to score 3.29 goals per game (21st).

The Oilers’ 31.93% power play percentage is the best in the league, while the Kraken rank 22nd with a conversion rate of 19.70%. When it comes to penalty killing, Edmonton has the league’s 25th-ranked PK% at 75.72%, while Seattle is 26th at 74.49%.


With 131 points this season, most in the NHL, Connor McDavid is the top skater for the Oilers. He leads the league in both goals (57) and assists (74). In the net, Skinner (21-14-4) is Edmonton’s top goaltender by goals against average. He has a 2.87 GAA and a .912% save percentage.

Dunn (56 points), Jared McCann (53), and Jordan Eberle (52) lead the Kraken in scoring. Dunn has 13 goals and 43 assists, while McCann has 33 goals and 20 assists.

Eberle has 15 goals and 37 assists. Grubauer (13-12-4) has the best goals against average for Seattle at 2.96. He has a save percentage of .895%. Martin Jones (24-11-3) has played the most games in net for the Kraken this season. He has a 3.03 GAA and a .887% save percentage.


Edmonton is 20-11-3 on the road this season. Seattle is looking to avoid a fourth successive home defeat this season.

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Edmonton Oilers (-135)

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