Chicago Blackhawks at Edmonton Oilers - 8/3/20 NHL Picks and Prediction
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Chicago Blackhawks (33-30-8) at Edmonton Oilers (37-26-9)
NHL Hockey: Monday, August 3, 2020 at 10:30 pm (Rogers Place)
The Line: Edmonton Oilers -140 / Chicago Blackhawks +120 --- Over/Under: 6.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The Chicago Blackhawks and the Edmonton Oilers meet in game two of their best-of-five qualifying round series from Rogers Place on Monday night.
The Chicago Blackhawks will try to take a 2-0 series lead after stunning the Oilers in the series opener by a final score of 6-4 last time out. Edmonton took the lead just 2:34 into the game thanks to Connor McDavid, but Dylan Strome would tie the game at one for Chicago just 3:17 later and Jonathan Toews made it 2-1 2:05 after that. Brandon Saad made it 3-1 1:21 after Toews marker but Toews responded by pushing the lead to 4-1 in the first with just over seven minutes to go in the opening frame.
Leon Draisaitl pulled a goal back to start the second but Dominik Kubalik restored the three-goal cushion for Chicago just 2:19 later before scoring his second goal of the period with 2:25 to go in the second. James Neal and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins made things interesting for Edmonton at 6-4 with goals :36 apart, but it wasn’t enough as the Blackhawks would ride their big lead to the finish line.
Corey Crawford got the win in goal for Chicago after stopping 25 of 29 shots faced in the win while Mike Smith took the loss, allowing 5 goals on 23 shots before being pulled in the second period.
Chicago is 6-2 in their last 8 games overall and 4-1 in their last 5 games as an underdog while the over is 5-0 in their last 5 games against the Pacific division. Edmonton is 0-4 in their last 4 games against the Western Conference and 1-4 in their last 5 games as a favorite while the over is 4-1 in their last 5 games against the Central division. Chicago is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings between these two teams.
I get why the plus money’s tempting as Chicago took it to Edmonton for most of game one before the Oilers added some window dressing with the consolation goal late. However, the Oilers may have some momentum from that goal, and it might help that the Oilers have the right goaltender in net for game one as I have no idea what Mike Smith was doing starting the opening game. Either way, I like the Oilers to bounce back here and to even things up at one win apiece.
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