Chicago Blackhawks vs. Edmonton Oilers - 2020 NHL Playoff Series Picks and Prediction
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Chicago Blackhawks (32-30-8) - Edmonton Oilers (37-25-9)
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The Chicago Blackhawks and the Edmonton Oilers will meet in the Qualifying Round of the 2020 NHL Playoffs. This will be a Central vs. Pacific division battle in the Western Conference. Bet This NHL Series Here
The Chicago Blackhawks finished the regular season with a record of 32-30-8 and a point percentage of .514. The Edmonton Oilers ended the regular season with a record of 37-25-9 and a point percentage of .585.
The Chicago Blackhawks have to be really ecstatic that they are even playing postseason hockey, but certainly not content with a one-and-done. Chicago is led by head coach Jeremy Colliton in his first year as an NHL head coach. Chicago's leading scorer this season was RW Patrick Kane, who scored 33 goals and 51 assists (84 points). The Blackhawks goaltending duo features G Corey Crawford and G Robin Lehner.
The Edmonton Oilers, led by head coach Dave Tippett, will be the favorite in this series regarding both seedings and in the betting lines. Edmonton's leading scorer was actually not Connor McDavid (for once), it was C Leon Draisaitl who scored 43 goals and 67 assists (110 points) in 2019-20. The Oilers goaltenders should be G Mikko Koskinen and G Mike Smith, who both put up average numbers in the regular season.
The Chicago Blackhawks won the season series against the Oilers this season going 2-1-0. The Blackhawks only outscored the Oilers by a single goal throughout the season series, 10-9.
I expect this series to be high-scoring, as both teams feature many offensive stars and weapons. For Chicago, Patrick Kane, Jonathon Toews, and Dominik Kubalik are the leading scorers, who should be able to put a lot of pressure on the Oilers' weaker defense/goaltending, especially on the PowerPlay. In Edmonton, of course, McDavid and Draisaitl are probably the most dangerous duo in the league. If Chicago silences those two (which is very unlikely), they will be on their way to an easy series win.
I think the two-headed monster in Edmonton with McDavid and Draisaitl will be too much for Chicago to handle. I see the Oilers killing the special teams game and winning this series in four games. Bet This NHL Series Here
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