Edmonton Oilers at Calgary Flames - 3/17/21 NHL Picks and Prediction

Edmonton Oilers at Calgary Flames - 3/17/21 NHL Picks and Prediction Photo by Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports

Calgary Flames (14-12-3) vs Edmonton Oilers (18-13)

Game Info: Wednesday, March 17, 2021 at 10:00 pm (Scotiabank Saddledome)

Betting Odds: Calgary Flames -115 / Edmonton Oilers +101 --- Over/Under: 6 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Edmonton Oilers and the Calgary Flames meet in another Battle of Alberta in NHL action from the Scotiabank Saddledome on Wednesday night.

The Edmonton Oilers will look to bounce back from a 4-3 loss to the Flames in their last matchup. Connor McDavid leads the Oilers in scoring with 53 points including a team-high 17 goals and 36 assists while Leon Draisaitl is not far behind with 17 goals of his own along with 29 assists. As a team, Edmonton is averaging 3.3 goals per game coming on 31.5 shots per game with a 26.5% success rate on the power play while giving up 2.9 goals per game on 31.3 shots per game with a 75.6% conversion rate on the PK this season.

The Calgary Flames will look to build on their win over the Oilers from their last matchup. Elias Lindholm leads the Flames in scoring with 26 points including a team-high 19 assists while Johnny Gaudreau has 23 points with a team-high 11 goals Matthew Tkachuk also has 22 points with 7 goals and a team-high 92 shots on goal this season. As a team, Calgary is averaging 2.7 goals per game on 29.9 shots per game with a 20.8% success rate on the PP while giving up 2.9 goals per game on 30.2 shots against per game with a 80.6% success rate on the PK this season.

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Edmonton is 15-7 in their last 22 games overall and 6-2 in their last 8 road games while the over is 5-1-1 in their last 7 games as an underdog. Calgary is 4-1 in their last 5 home games and 5-12 in their last 17 games against a team with a winning record while the over is 6-1-2 in their last 9 games as a favorite. The over is 6-2-1 in the last 9 meetings between these two teams and 4-1 in the last 5 meetings between the two teams in Calgary.

I get the case that could be made here for either side as this is a rivalry and you can usually throw trends and records out the window at that point. However, while we’ve seen the total finish on both sides in this matchup, I think this is a spot where we can cash the over like we did on Monday. These two teams don’t just love beating on each other, they love piling up on the scoreboard and I think we see another offensive explosion here. Give me the over.

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