Edmonton Oilers at Calgary Flames - 3/26/22 NHL Picks and Prediction
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Calgary Flames (38-17-8) vs Edmonton Oilers (36-24-5)
Game Info: Saturday, March 26, 2022 at 10:00 pm (Scotiabank Saddledome)
Betting Odds: Calgary Flames -167 / Edmonton Oilers +153 --- Over/Under: 6.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
The Calgary Flames host the Edmonton Oilers in Saturday NHL Action.
The Edmonton Oilers come into this road contest with an overall record of 36-24-5. Through 65 games, the Oilers are 3rd in the Pacific Division. On the season, they have found the net 222 times, good for a rank of 6th among NHL teams. Heading into the game, Edmonton is the 21st 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 23rd in the league. When diving into their opponent-adjusted scoring margin, they come into this game as the 14th ranked team in the NHL.
The Calgary Flames get set to host the Edmonton Oilers with an overall record of 38-17-8. This mark places them 1st in the Pacific division. Through 63 games, the Flames have scored 218 goals, giving them an average of 3.43. This output gives them a rank of 7th among NHL teams. On defense, Calgary is the 1st ranked unit, giving up 2.43 goals per contest. So far, the Flames have played the 24th toughest schedule in the league. And, when taking into account Calgary's scoring margin relative to the quality of their competition, they come in with a power ranking of 2nd in the NHL.
Through 65 games, the Edmonton Oilers' leading goal scorer is Leon Draisaitl. With his 46 assists, he is the second in overall points, coming in at 90. On the season, he is turning 20.4% 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 65 games, he has come up with 35 goals on a shooting percentage of 14.3%. While on the ice, his offensive production has led to a plus-minus rating of 18. Edmonton's top goalie is Mikko Koskinen, who is giving up an average of 3.07 goals per game.
Coming into this game, the Calgary Flames leader in points is Johnny Gaudreau. In Calgary's 63 games, he has come up with 29 goals and 53 assists. He has scored his goals on a shooting percentage of 14.1%. The team's top overall goal scorer is Elias Lindholm. Of his 31 goals, 26.0% have come during power play time. While on the ice, his offensive production has led to a plus-minus rating of +44. Calgary's top goalie is Jacob Markstrom, who is giving up an average of 2.11 goals per game. In his 49 games played, he has turned in 28 quality starts, giving him a quality start percentage above the league average.
In Edmonton's 65 games, the over has hit in over half of their games, going 33-31-1. So far, the team has been less likely to go over the betting line when playing on the road, going just 14-18-1. On the season, 65.0% of Edmonton's games have gone for at least 6 goals or more, with 54.0% of the scoring coming from the Oilers In Calgary's 63 games, the over has hit in over half of their games, going 32-29-2. So far, taking the over when the Flames are playing at home has been a good bet with an over-under record of 15-15-1. On the season, 60.0% of Calgary's games have gone for at least 6 goals or more, with 58% of the scoring coming from the Flames. Even with a line set at 6.5 goals, I still see the Flames and Oilers surpassing this line in what should be a high-scoring contest.
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