Chicago Blackhawks vs Edmonton Oilers Predictions, NHL Picks, Betting Tips 8/1/2020
Game: Chicago Blackhawks vs Edmonton Oilers
Date: Saturday, August 1, 2020
Location: Rogers Place in Edmonton, AB
Odds/Point Spread: Blackhawks (+146) Oilers (-182)
Mike Smith and the Edmonton Oilers (37-25-9, 2nd in the Pacific Division) host the Chicago Blackhawks (32-30-8, 7th in the Central Division) at Rogers Place on Saturday, August 1, 2020. The Blackhawks open this contest at +146 while the Oilers are coming in at -182. The over/under is set at 6.5. The Blackhawks are covering 42.4% of the time, having gone 28-38 SU. Edmonton is covering 50.7% of the time, going 35-34 straight up.
The Chicago Blackhawks head into this game holding a record of 32 victories and 30 losses, putting them at 7th in the Central Division. During the season thus far, they have racked up a total of 208 goals which has them sitting at 9th in the Western Conference and 19th in the league. Their goal differential is -6, putting them at 22nd in the league. The Blackhawks have earned a total of 72 points, which has them sitting at 23rd in the league and 12th in the conference. in respect to shots at the opposition, they have earned a total of 2,227 which has them sitting at 5th in the Western Conference and 11th in the league. As a group, Chicago has racked up a total of 1,424 hits which means they are averaging 20.3 per contest. They have earned a total of 874 blocks for the season. Looking after the goal for Chicago is Corey Crawford from Montreal, Quebec. He is 35 years old and has totaled 2,340 minutes protecting the net for the season. Crawford is giving up an average of 2.77 GAA which puts him at 17th among West goaltenders and 33rd in the NHL among goalies. For the year, he's surrendered 108 goals. He's earned a save percentage of .917 which puts him at 13th among West goaltenders.
The Chicago Blackhawks were on the right side of the scoreboard with a 6 - 2 win over the San Jose Sharks the last time they stepped on the ice. The Blackhawks had a solid offensive performance in the victory. In their game, they finished 6 out of the 45 shots they tried. Moreover, they had 3 power play opportunities and netted 2 goals out of those opportunities. Chicago racked up 6 penalty mins in this game. The Corsi for the Blackhawks was 63 and the Corsi against at even strength was 54 meaning they had a Corsi percentage of 53.8%. Their Fenwick sat at 51 and the Fenwick against sat at 33, which means they had a Fenwick percentage of 60.7%. They earned 22 face-off wins at even strength and lost 17 tries to control the puck. The offensive zone starts for them were rated at 45.5% and they had a PDO of 106.2 for this game. With regard to the opposition's stats, the San Jose Sharks racked up a total of 36 shots. They ended the game with 6 minutes in the box and they notched 3 power play opportunities.
The Oilers are the team looking to add points to their total and for the season they have 37 victories and 25 defeats. Regarding goal differential, they currently sit 6th in the conference and 14th in the NHL with +8. They currently have a total of 223 goals for the year which has them sitting at 5th in the West. Edmonton has a team save % of .905 which currently has them sitting 14th in the NHL, which means scoring chances could present themselves. They have a team shooting percentage of 10.6% which puts them at 1st in the Western Conference. In net for Edmonton is Mike Smith who is having a rough season by surrendering 2.95 goals against average and that places him 21st among Western Conference goalies and 43rd among goalies in the NHL. In the 2,157 minutes he's played this year, he's surrendered 106 goals. He holds a save percentage of .902, which ranks him 28th among Western Conference goalies and 53rd among goalies in the NHL.
The Edmonton Oilers faced the Winnipeg Jets in a matchup where the Oilers ended up taking the loss by a mark of 4 - 2. For this game, Edmonton went home with a 52.1% Corsi rating. They earned that percentage by having a Corsi of 49 while the opposition earned a Corsi of 45. Their Fenwick rate came in at 56.9% with a Fenwick of 41 and the Jets ending the game with a 31 Fenwick at even strength. This Corsi percentage speaks to the kind of game that Edmonton played and you can safely assume that they'll look to improve in their next outing. Their PDO at even strength was 89.7 and they finished the game with an oZS percentage of 66.7%. The Oilers netted 2 goals out of the 38 shots on goal they tried. They had 1 power play attempt in this outing but weren't able to score a goal. Concerning their opponent, the Jets had 0 power play opportunities but were not able to notch a goal. Edmonton gave way to 25 shots on goal and the Jets had 2 penalty mins.
Who will win tonight's NHL game ATS?
Guy's Pick: Take Edmonton (-182)
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