Edmonton Oilers vs. Montreal Canadiens - 12/21/19 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Montreal Canadiens (17-12-6) at Edmonton Oilers (19-14-4)
NHL Hockey: Saturday, December 21, 2019 at 7:00 pm (Rogers Place)
The Line: Edmonton Oilers +105 / Montreal Canadiens -125 --- Over/Under: 5.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The Montreal Canadiens and the Edmonton Oilers meet in NHL action from Rogers Place on Saturday night.
The Montreal Canadiens will look to build on a 4-3 overtime win over Calgary last time out. Calgary jumped ahead 2-0 after 20 minutes of play before Brendan Gallagher pulled a goal back just before the midway point of the 2nd period. Joel Armia scored to tie the game just 3:15 later and the tie would run over into the 3rdperiod. Calgary re-took the lead but Nick Suzuki would tie the game with just over eight minutes to go in the 3rd. The rest of the 3rd wouldn’t produce a winner, so it was off to overtime where Max Domi found the winner with just over a minute to go in the extra frame. Carey Price got the win to improve to 15-10-3 on the year after stopping 24 of 27 shots faced in the winning effort.
The Edmonton Oilers will look to bounce back after back-to-back losses following a 5-2 loss to Pittsburgh last time out. Pittsburgh jumped out to a 2-0 lead after 20 minutes of play before Zack Kassian got the Oilers on the board just under seven minutes into the 2nd period. Pittsburgh restored the two goal lead before Riley Sheahan pulled one back short-handed in the dying seconds of the 2nd period. 3-2 was as close as the Oilers got though, as Pittsburgh made is 4-2 in the opening minute of the 3rd and the Penguins iced the win with an empty-net goal with just over two minutes to go in the game. Mike Smith took the loss, falling to 7-9-2 after giving up 4 goals on 25 shots faced in the losing effort.
Montreal is 5-1 in their last 6 games overall and 16-5 in their last 21 games against the Pacific division while the under is 4-1 in their last 5 road games. Edmonton is 1-5 in their last 6 games overall and 1-6 in their last 7 home games while the over is 6-2-1 in their last 9 games playing on no rest. Montreal is 3-8 in the last 11 meetings between these two teams and 1-4 in the last 5 meetings between these two teams in Edmonton.
The plus money with Edmonton as a home dog is tempting, especially when you consider the lack of success Montreal has had against the Oilers in recent years. However, Edmonton continues to struggle to find their footing, while Montreal continues to play solid defensive hockey and keeps finding ways to shut teams down, giving up three goals or less in each of their last seven games, totalling 13 goals across that stretch. I just don’t see Edmonton snapping out of their funk, especially on a back-to-back against a rested Montreal team. I’ll lay the juice with Montreal on the road here.