Montreal Canadiens vs. Edmonton Oilers - 12/21/19 NHL Picks, Odds, and Prediction
Game: Montreal Canadiens vs Edmonton Oilers
Date: Saturday, December 21, 2019
Location: Rogers Place in Edmonton, AB
Odds/Point Spread: Canadiens (-110) Oilers (+100)
Mike Smith and the Edmonton Oilers (19-14-4, 3rd in the Pacific Division) play the Montreal Canadiens (17-12-6, 2nd in the Atlantic Division) at Rogers Place on Saturday, December 21, 2019. The Oilers open this contest at +100 while the Canadiens are priced at -110. The total opens at 5.5. The Canadiens are covering 45.5% of the time, having gone 15-18 SU. Edmonton covers 48.6% of the time, going 17-18 straight up.
The Montreal Canadiens head into this game holding a record of 17 victories and 12 defeats, putting them at 2nd in the Atlantic Division. Thus far in the season, they have scored a total of 110 goals which is good for 8th in the Eastern Conference and 13th in the NHL. Their goal differential is 0, putting them at 19th in the NHL. The Canadiens have compiled a total of 40 points, which is good for 15th in the NHL and 7th in the conference. When looking at shots on goal, they have compiled a total of 1,228 which is good for 1st in the East and 3rd in the NHL. As a team, Montreal currently has a total of 916 hits which has them averaging 26.2 per contest. They have compiled a total of 430 blocks for the season. The man in goal for Montreal is Carey Price from Farmingville, New York. He is 32 years old and has been on the ice a total of 1,645 mins minding the net for the year. Price is surrendering 2.84 goals per game which ranks him 16th among Eastern Conference goaltenders and 32nd in the NHL among goalies. Over the course of this season, he has allowed 78 goals. He holds a save percentage of .907 which ranks him 18th among Eastern Conference goaltenders.
The Montreal Canadiens were on the right side of the scoreboard with a 4 - 3 victory over the Calgary Flames in their last game. The Canadiens had a impressive offensive outing in this win. In this matchup, they finished 4 of the 43 shots they put on net. Moreover, they had 2 power play chances but didn't net one. Montreal ended up with a total of 4 penalty minutes in this matchup. The Corsi for the Canadiens sat at 71 and the Corsi against was 54 which means they earned a Corsi percentage of 56.8%. Their Fenwick was 56 and the Fenwick against sat at 41, which earned them a rate of 57.7%. They won 28 face-off wins and were beaten on 31 tries to control the puck. The offensive zone starts for them were rated at 53.7% and they had a PDO at even strength of 102.6 for this game. In terms of their opponent's stats, the Calgary Flames racked up a total of 27 shots. They finished with a total of 6 penalty minutes and they notched 1 power play chance.
The Oilers will be looking to get a victory in this matchup and for the year they have 19 victories and 14 losses. in respect to goal differential, they are ranked 9th in the West and 21st in the NHL with -4. They currently have a total of 107 goals for the year which has them at 7th in the conference. Edmonton has a save percentage as a team of .905 which currently has them ranked 16th in the NHL, which means scoring chances could present themselves. They are shooting 9.9% which is good for 5th in the conference. In goal for Edmonton is Mike Smith who is having a bad year by surrendering 3.08 goals per game and that places him 25th among West goalies and 48th among goaltenders in the NHL. In the 974 mins he's been on the ice this season, he has given up 50 goals. His save percentage is .896, which has him ranked 24th among West goalies and 51st among goaltenders in the NHL.
The Edmonton Oilers faced off against the St. Louis Blues in an outing where the Oilers ended up losing by a mark of 2 - 1. In this game, Edmonton wound up with a 43.4% Corsi rating. They got there by having a Corsi of 36 while the opposition had a Corsi of 47. Their Fenwick percentage came in at 47.2% by earning a Fenwick of 34 and the Blues ending the game with a 38 Fenwick at even strength. These Corsi stats tell us the story of the kind of game Edmonton played and it tells us that they didn't have their best game. Their PDO was 97.5 and they finished this one with an oZS percentage of 51.4%. The Oilers scored 1 goal out of the 36 shots on goal they were seeking. They had 4 power play opportunities in this one but weren't able to put one in the back of the net. In discussing the opposition, the Blues had 5 power play chances but didn't put the puck in goal. Edmonton gave way to 44 shots on goal and the Blues ended up with a total of 8 penalty mins.
Who will win tonight's NHL game ATS?
Josh's Pick: Take Edmonton (+100)
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