Calgary Flames vs. Edmonton Oilers - 12/27/19 NHL Picks, Odds, and Prediction
Game: Calgary Flames vs Edmonton Oilers
Date: Friday, December 27, 2019
Location: Rogers Place in Edmonton, AB
Odds/Point Spread: Flames (-110) Oilers (-110)
Mikko Koskinen and the Edmonton Oilers (20-16-4, 3rd in the Pacific Division) play the Calgary Flames (19-15-5, 4th in the Pacific Division) at Rogers Place on Friday, December 27, 2019. The Oilers open this contest at -110 while the Flames are priced at -110. The total is set at 5.5. The Flames cover 44.4% of the time, having gone 16-20 SU. Edmonton covers 47.4% of the time, going 18-20 straight up.
The Calgary Flames head into this game holding a record of 19 victories and 15 losses, which is good for 4th in the Pacific Division. Thus far in the season, they have racked up a total of 101 goals which is 11th in the conference and 24th in the league. Their goal differential is -15, which is good for 25th in the league. The Flames currently have a total of 43 points, which is 15th in the league and 8th in the conference. When looking at shots at the opposing goalie, they currently have a total of 1,200 which is 6th in the conference and 12th in the league. As a team, Calgary currently has a total of 613 hits which has them averaging 15.7 per game. They currently have a total of 441 blocks for the year. The man in goal for Calgary is David Rittich from Jihlava, Czechoslovakia. He is 27 years old and has played 1,752 minutes minding the goal this year. Rittich is allowing an average of 2.71 GAA which ranks him 11th in the West and 23rd in the NHL among goalies. Over the course of this season, he's allowed 79 goals. He has a save % of .915 which ranks him 12th in the West.
The Calgary Flames were on the losing side of the ice with a 3 - 0 loss against the Minnesota Wild in their previous contest. The Flames had an offensive game that was below their expectations in this defeat. In their game, they finished 0 of the 22 shots they put on goal. Additionally, they had 1 power play attempt but didn't net one. Calgary ended up with a total of 0 penalty minutes in this game. The Corsi for the Flames was 51 and the Corsi against was 61 meaning they had a Corsi percentage of 45.5%. Their Fenwick sat at 37 while the Fenwick against was 50, which means they had a Fenwick percentage of 42.5%. They earned 30 face-off wins at even strength and lost 29 tries to control the puck. Their offensive zone starts were rated at 44.1% and they had a PDO at even strength of 91.2 in this one. In discussing stats from the opponent, the Minnesota Wild racked up a total of 34 shots. They ended the game with 2 minutes in the box and they had 1 power play opportunity.
The Oilers will be looking to add points to their total and for the campaign they sit with 20 wins and 16 losses. With reference to goal differential, they sit 10th in the conference and 23rd in the league with -8. They have earned a total of 115 goals for this year which puts them at 7th in the conference. Edmonton has a save percentage as a team of .902 which has them ranked 22nd in the league, which tells us scoring chances could present themselves. They have a shooting percentage of 9.9% ranking them 6th in the conference. In goal for Edmonton is Mikko Koskinen who is having an ok season by surrendering 2.66 goals against average and that has him ranked 9th among Western Conference goaltenders and 20th among goalies in the NHL. In the 1,375 minutes he has played, he's allowed 61 goals. He has a save percentage of .917, which has him ranked 11th among Western Conference goaltenders and 18th among goalies in the NHL.
The Edmonton Oilers played the Vancouver Canucks in a matchup where the Oilers took the loss by a tally of 4 - 2. For this game, Edmonton earned a 43.7% Corsi rating. That percentage was had by having a Corsi of 45 and the other team having a Corsi of 58. Their Fenwick rate was 45.8% with a Fenwick of 33 and the Canucks earning a 39 Fenwick. This Corsi rating tells us the kind of game Edmonton had and it tells us that they didn't have their best game. Their PDO at even strength was 92.3 and they finished this one with an oZS percentage of 50.7%. The Oilers converted 2 goals out of the 29 shots on goal they were seeking. They had 2 power play opportunities in this game and converted 1 out of those attempts. Regarding their opponent, the Canucks had 2 power play opportunities and came through by scoring 1 goal. Edmonton allowed 28 shots on goal and the Canucks had a total of 11 penalty minutes.
Who will win tonight's NHL game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take Calgary (-110)
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