Edmonton Oilers at Chicago Blackhawks - 8/5/20 NHL Picks and Prediction
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Edmonton Oilers (38-26-9) at Chicago Blackhawks (33-31-8)
NHL Hockey: Wednesday, August 5, 2020 at 10:30 pm (Rogers Place)
The Line: Chicago Blackhawks +120 / Edmonton Oilers -141 --- Over/Under: 6.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The Chicago Blackhawks and Edmonton Oilers meet Wednesday in game three of the NHL West Qualifying action at the Rogers Place.
The Chicago Blackhawks look for a bounce back showing to take a 2-1 series lead. The Chicago Blackhawks are averaging six goals per game and are scoring on 50 percent of their power play opportunities. Dominik Kubalik leads Chicago with two goals, Kirby Dach has three assists and Patrick Kane has 12 shots on goal. Defensively, the Chicago Blackhawks are allowing four goals per game and are killing 25 percent of their opponents power plays. Corey Crawford has given up 10 goals on 64 shots faced.
The Edmonton Oilers look for back-to-back victories to take a 2-1 series lead. The Edmonton Oilers are averaging four goals per game and are scoring on 75 percent of their power play opportunities. Connor McDavid leads Edmonton with four goals, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins has five assists and James Neal has six shots on goal. Defensively, the Edmonton Oilers are allowing six goals per game and are killing 50 percent of their opponents power plays. Mike Smith has given up five goals on 23 shots faced and Mikko Koskinen has allowed four goals on 45 shots.
The Oilers are 1-4 in their last 5 games as a favorite, 9-4 in their last 13 playoff games as a favorite and 1-4 in their last 5 overall. The Blackhawks are 4-1 in their last 5 games as an underdog, 4-1 in their last 5 vs. Western Conference and 6-2 in their last 8 overall. The over is 5-2 in Blackhawks last 7 overall. The Oilers are 3-8 in the last 11 meetings in Chicago and 1-4 in the last 5 meetings.
The Chicago Blackhawks have had their moments this season for us in the underdog role, which includes a game one victory. However, the Blackhawks have also done nothing to slowdown this Oilers offense through two games and that's scary heading into a crucial game three with the series tied up. The Edmonton Oilers have some of the top offensive talents in the game and if they continue to get whatever they want, the Blackhawks are going to run themselves into the ground trying to keep up. You can't like what you've seen from the Blackhawks through the first two contests.
Give me the Oilers and the reasonable price.