Boston Bruins vs Edmonton Oilers Predictions, Hockey Picks 2/19/2020
Game: Boston Bruins vs Edmonton Oilers
Date: Wednesday, February 19, 2020
Location: Rogers Place in Edmonton, AB
Odds/Point Spread: Bruins (-160) Oilers (+144)
Rogers Place is the venue where Mike Smith and the Edmonton Oilers (32-21-6, 1st in the Pacific Division) will take on the Boston Bruins (37-11-12, 1st in the Atlantic Division) on Wednesday. The Bruins open this matchup at -160 while the Oilers are priced at +144. The total has been set at 6. The Bruins cover 61.7% of the time, having gone 37-23 SU. Edmonton covers 52.6% of the time, going 30-27 straight up.
The Boston Bruins head into this game holding a record of 37 victories and 11 losses, putting them at 1st in the Atlantic Division. During the season thus far, they have earned a total of 199 goals which has them ranked at 5th in the conference and 6th in the NHL. Their goal differential is +60, putting them at 1st in the NHL. The Bruins have a total of 86 pts, which has them ranked at 1st in the NHL and 1st in the conference. In the matter of shots at the opposition, they have a total of 1,937 which has them ranked at 4th in the East and 8th in the NHL. As a team, Boston has racked up a total of 1,342 hits which means they are averaging 22.4 per contest. They have a total of 629 blocks for this year. The man between the pipes for Boston is Tuukka Rask from Caledonia, Ontario. He is 32 years old and has played 1,995 minutes minding the net this season. Rask is conceding an average of 2.08 goals per game which has him ranked 1st among East goaltenders and 1st in the NHL. For the season, he's allowed 69 goals. His save percentage is .931 which has him ranked 2nd among East goaltenders.
The Boston Bruins were on the right side of the scoreboard with a 3 - 1 victory over the New York Rangers the last time they stepped on the ice. The Bruins offense didn't overly impress in the win. In this game, they scored on 3 out of the 34 shots they tried. They also had 2 power play chances but weren't able to score. Boston earned a total of 10 penalty mins for this matchup. The Corsi for the Bruins sat at 46 and the Corsi against was 45 which gave them a Corsi percentage of 50.5%. Their Fenwick sat at 32 while the Fenwick against was 34, which tells us they had a Fenwick percentage of 48.5%. They took 21 face-off wins at even strength and were beaten on 20 of the face-offs. The offensive zone starts for them were rated at 56.7% and they had a PDO at even strength of 108.7 for this one. Concerning opponent stats, the New York Rangers racked up a total of 26 shots. They ended the game with 4 minutes in the box and they earned a total of 5 power play attempts.
The Oilers will be the team on the other side of the ice and for the year they sit with 32 wins and 21 losses. In connection with goal differential, they currently sit 5th in the West and 15th in the NHL with +7. They currently have a total of 188 goals for this year which puts them at 3rd in the conference. Edmonton has a save % as a team of .903 which has them sitting 16th in the NHL, which means there should be some chances to score. They have a shooting percentage of 10.7% which puts them at 2nd in the conference. In goal for Edmonton is Mike Smith who is having a bad season by giving up 2.93 GAA and that has him 22nd among West goalies and 43rd in the NHL among goaltenders. In the 1,763 minutes he has been on the ice, he's allowed 86 goals. He has a save % of .904, which places him at 25th among West goalies and 48th in the NHL among goaltenders.
The Edmonton Oilers squared up with the Carolina Hurricanes in an outing where the Oilers notched a win by a mark of 4 - 3. In their game, Edmonton earned a 48.2% Corsi rating. They got to that percentage by earning a Corsi of 41 while the opposition earned a Corsi of 44. They earned a Fenwick percentage of 44.4% with a Fenwick of 28 and the Hurricanes earning a 35 Fenwick. This Corsi percentage speaks to the kind of game that Edmonton had and it was an excellent showing for this outing. Their PDO at even strength was 102.0 and they finished the game with an oZS percentage of 51.7%. The Oilers notched 4 goals out of the 24 shots on goal they pursued. They had 3 power play chances in this outing and were able to notch 1 out of those attempts. Concerning the opposition, the Hurricanes had 3 power play attempts but didn't put the puck in goal. Edmonton gave way to 31 shots on goal and the Hurricanes had a total of 8 minutes in the box.
Who will win tonight's NHL game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take Boston (-160)
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