Edmonton Oilers at Chicago Blackhawks - 3/3/22 NHL Picks and Prediction

Edmonton Oilers at Chicago Blackhawks - 3/3/22 NHL Picks and Prediction Photo by David Banks-USA TODAY Sports

Chicago Blackhawks (19-27-8) vs Edmonton Oilers (30-21-3)

Game Info: Thursday, March 3, 2022 at 8:30 pm (United Center)

Betting Odds: Chicago Blackhawks +125 / Edmonton Oilers -163 --- Over/Under: 6 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Chicago Blackhawks host the Edmonton Oilers in Thursday NHL Action.

The Edmonton Oilers come into this road contest with an overall record of 30-21-3. Through 54 games, the Oilers are 4th in the Pacific Division. On the season, they have found the net 179 times, good for a rank of 9th among NHL teams. Heading into the game, Edmonton is the 22nd ranked defensive team, allowing opponents to score at an average rate of 3.17 goals per game. So far, the Oilers have a strength of schedule rating of 17th in the league. When diving into their opponent-adjusted scoring margin, they come into this game as the 15th ranked team in the NHL.

The Chicago Blackhawks get set to host the Edmonton Oilers with an overall record of 19-27-8. This mark places them 7th in the Central division. Through 54 games, the Blackhawks have scored 134 goals, giving them an average of 2.43. This output gives them a rank of 28th among NHL teams. On defense, Chicago is the 25th ranked unit, giving up 3.39 goals per contest. So far, the Blackhawks have played the 2nd toughest schedule in the league. And, when taking into account Chicago's scoring margin relative to the quality of their competition, they come in with a power ranking of 27th in the NHL.

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Through 54 games, the Edmonton Oilers' leading goal scorer is Leon Draisaitl. With his 39 assists, he is the second in overall points, coming in at 76. On the season, he is turning 20.2% of his shots into goals. In addition, the Oilers have benefited from the strong play of Connor McDavid, who is the team's overall leader in points. In Edmonton's 54 games, he has come up with 29 goals on a shooting percentage of 13.7%. While on the ice, his offensive production has led to a plus-minus rating of 12. Edmonton's top goalie is Mikko Koskinen, who is giving up an average of 3.02 goals per game.

Through 54 games, Chicago's leading goal scorer is Alex DeBrincat. With his 29 goals and 16 assists, he is the second in overall points, coming in at 45. On the season, he is turning 16.7% of his shots into goals. In addition, the Blackhawks have benefited from the strong play of Patrick Kane, who is the team's overall leader in points. In Chicago's 54 games, he has come up with 16 goals on a shooting percentage of 8.4%. However, when on the ice, the Blackhawks are -21 in scoring differential. Chicago's top goalie is Marc-Andre Fleury, who is giving up an average of 2.83 goals per game. In his 39 games played, he has turned in 21 quality starts, giving him a quality start percentage above the league average.

In terms of betting, the Oilers are covering the spread in less than half their games, with an ATS record of just 21-29. These struggles against the spread are also taking place on the road, as they have covered just 12 of their 25 road games. On the season, the Edmonton Oilers have a per-game scoring differential of 0.15. Even when playing on the road, the team is winning games by an averge margin of 0.41 goals. As the Edmonton Oilers get set to take on the Blackhawks, they have a below .500 record over their past five games, going 2-3. During this stretch, they have scored 14 goals, accounting for 45.0% of the scoring in these contests. If the Oilers hope to break out of their slump, they need to pick up their offensive play. During this stretch, they have outscored their average of 3.17 goals, just 1 time. Look for the Blackhawks to pick up a home win against an Oilers unit struggling to score at their usual rate. 

 

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