Calgary Flames at Edmonton Oilers - 4/2/21 NHL Picks and Prediction

Calgary Flames at Edmonton Oilers - 4/2/21 NHL Picks and Prediction Photo by Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports

Edmonton Oilers (22-14-1) vs Calgary Flames (16-18-3)

Game Info: Friday, April 2, 2021 at 9:00 pm (Rogers Place)

Betting Odds: Edmonton Oilers -133 / Calgary Flames +110 --- Over/Under: 6.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Calgary Flames and the Edmonton Oilers meet in NHL action from the Rogers Place on Friday night.

The Calgary Flames will look to bounce back from a 5-1 loss to Winnipeg last time out. Elias Lindholm leads the Flames in scoring with 31 points including 9 goals and a team-high 22 assists while Johnny Gaudreau has 27 points with a team-high 13 goals and 14 assists. Matthew Tkachuk also has 27 points with 9 goals, 18 assists and a team-high 106 shots on goal while Sean Monahan has 7 goals and 15 assists. Mikael Backlund has 6 goals with 13 assists for his 19 points and Andrew Mangiapane has 18 points with 10 goals this season. As a team, Calgary is averaging 2.6 goals on 29.8 shots with a 20.5% success rate on the PP while allowing 3 goals on 29.8 shots against with an 80.8% success rate on the PK this season.

The Edmonton Oilers will be out to bounce back from a 4-0 loss to the Montreal Canadiens last time out. Connor McDavid leads the Oilers in scoring with 63 points including team-highs of 21 goals and 42 assists while Leon Draisaitl’s on 54 points with 19 goals and 35 assists. Tyson Barrie’s also on 32 points with 27 assists and Darnell Nurse and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins each have 27 points with Nurse logging 12 goals with 15 assists and Nugent-Hopkins logging 11 goals and 16 apples. As a team, Edmonton is averaging 3.3 goals on 30.4 shots with a 25.9% success rate on the PP while allowing 2.9 goals on 31 shots with a 77.6% success rate killing off penalties this season.

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Calgary is 1-5 in their last 6 games overall and 3-7 in their last 10 games as a road underdog while the under is 4-1-1 in their last 6 games overall. Edmonton is 6-0 in their last 6 home games and 19-9 in their last 28 games overall while the under is 7-2-1 in their last 10 games as a favorite. The over is 7-2-1 in the last 10 meetings between these two teams.

I get why you could make a case for either side here, but realistically this is the old cliché about rivalries where you can throw records and trends out the window. But one thing you can see that repeats in history is that this isn’t your typical, traditional rivalry where it’s hard-nosed and physical and goals come at a premium. These Battle of Alberta games as normally high-scoring and I just don’t see a reason to deviate from that here. Give me the over.

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