Chicago Blackhawks vs. Edmonton Oilers - 3/5/20 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Edmonton Oilers (36-23-8) at Chicago Blackhawks (30-28-8)
NHL Hockey: Thursday, March 5, 2020 at 8:30 pm (United Center)
The Line: Chicago Blackhawks -120 / Edmonton Oilers +109 --- Over/Under: 6.5
The Edmonton Oilers and Chicago Blackhawks meet Thursday in NHL action at the United Center.
The Edmonton Oilers need a win after splitting their last eight games. The Edmonton Oilers are averaging 3.2 goals per game and are scoring on 30.2 percent of their power play opportunities. Leon Draisaitl leads Edmonton with 43 goals, Connor McDavid has 63 assists and James Neal has 109 shots on goal. Defensively, the Edmonton Oilers are allowing three goals per game and are killing 83.9 percent of their opponents power plays. Mike Smith has given up 99 goals on 1,042 shots faced and Mikko Koskinen has allowed 93 goals on 1,071 shots. The Edmonton Oilers have allowed three or less goals in 16 of their last 19 games.
The Chicago Blackhawks look for a win after splitting their last 10 games. The Chicago Blackhawks are averaging 2.9 goals per game and are scoring on 15.3 percent of their power play opportunities. Dominik Kubalik leads Chicago with 29 goals, Patrick Kane has 51 assists and Alex DeBrincat has 188 shots on goal. Defensively, the Chicago Blackhawks are allowing 3.1 goals per game and are killing 82.1 percent of their opponents power plays. Corey Crawford has given up 99 goals on 1,183 shots faced. The Chicago Blackhawks have allowed three or more goals in nine of their last 16 games.
The Oilers are 4-1 in their last 5 games as a road underdog, 5-2 in their last 7 road games and 1-5 in their last 6 Thursday games. The Blackhawks are 18-40 in their last 58 vs. Pacific, 3-7 in their last 10 vs. Western Conference and 8-23 in their last 31 games playing on 1 days rest. The over is 3-0-1 in Oilers last 4 games playing on 1 days rest. The over is 6-2 in Blackhawks last 8 home games. The Oilers are 3-7 in the last 10 meetings in Chicago. The favorite is 5-1 in the last 6 meetings.
The Edmonton Oilers have played some of their best recent hockey on the road, and they've been kind to us in the underdog role as well. The Chicago Blackhawks look like a team that's limping toward the finish line, and they've lost three of the last five meetings against the Oilers, including a 5-3 loss less than a month ago. The Oilers have the offense to expose the Blackhawks again, and they should like their chances with a healthier roster. Give me the plus money and an explosive offense.