Edmonton Oilers at Montreal Canadiens - 3/22/21 NHL Picks and Prediction
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Montreal Canadiens (14-8-9) vs Edmonton Oilers (21-13)
Game Info: Monday, March 22, 2021 at 7:00 pm (Bell Centre)
Betting Odds: Montreal Canadiens -120 / Edmonton Oilers +109 --- Over/Under: 6.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The Edmonton Oilers and the Montreal Canadiens meet in NHL action from the Bell Centre on Monday night.
The Edmonton Oilers will be out to build on a 4-2 win over Winnipeg last time out. Connor McDavid leads the Oilers in scoring with 60 points including team-highs of 21 goals and 39 assists while Leon Draisaitl has 50 points with 18 goals and 32 apples this season. Tyson Barrie also has 30 points with 26 assists while Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Darnell Nurse each have 15 assists on the year. As a team, Edmonton is averaging 3.4 goals on 31.1 shots per game with a 27.8% success rate on the PP while allowing 2.9 goals on 31 shots against per game with a 76.3% success rate on the penalty kill this season.
The Montreal Canadiens will look to keep their momentum going after a 5-4 win over the Vancouver Canucks in their last matchup. Jeff Petry and Tyler Toffoli each have 27 points with Petry logging 11 goals and 16 assists while Toffoli has a team-high 18 goals this season. Jonathan Drouin also has 21 points with a team-high 19 assists while Tomas Tatar and Nick Suzuki each have 20 points with double-digit assist numbers this season. As a team, Montreal is averaging 3.2 goals on 33.2 shots per game with a 23.8% conversion rate on the power play while allowing 2.7 goals on 28.8 shots per game against with a 76.4% conversion rate on the penalty kill this season.
Edmonton is 10-2 in their last 12 games against a team with a losing record and 7-2 in their last 9 road games while the over is 6-1-1 in their last 8 games as an underdog. Montreal is 5-11 in their last 16 games overall and 0-7 in their last 7 games following a win while the under is 11-3-1 in their last 15 Monday games. The underdog is 17-4 in the last 21 meetings between these two teams.
I think a case could be made for either side here as the Habs are at home while Edmonton’s playing the better hockey. For me, this all boils down to the fact that Montreal continues to be overvalued by oddsmakers, but that’s fine with me because it gives us tremendous value. I’ll take my chances with Edmonton and the plus money here.
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