Chicago Blackhawks vs Edmonton Oilers Predictions, NHL Picks, Betting Tips 8/3/2020
Game: Chicago Blackhawks vs Edmonton Oilers
Date: Monday, August 3, 2020
Location: Rogers Place in Edmonton, AB
Odds/Point Spread: Blackhawks (+135) Oilers (-160)
Corey Crawford and the Chicago Blackhawks (32-30-8, 7th in the Central Division) travel to Rogers Place on Monday where they'll take on the Edmonton Oilers (37-25-9, 2nd in the Pacific Division). Chicago leads the series 1-0. The Oilers open this game at -160 while the Blackhawks are priced at +135. The O/U has been set at 6.5. The Blackhawks cover 42.4% of the time, having gone 28-38 SU. Edmonton covers 50.7% of the time, going 35-34 straight up.
The Chicago Blackhawks head into this game holding a record of 32 wins and 30 defeats, ranking them 7th in the Central Division. During the year thus far, they have scored a total of 208 goals which is 9th in the West and 19th in the league. Their goal differential is -6, ranking them 22nd in the league. The Blackhawks have earned a total of 72 points, which is 23rd in the league and 12th in the conference. In discussing shots on goal, they have earned a total of 2,227 which is 5th in the West and 11th in the league. As a group, Chicago has compiled a total of 1,424 hits which means they have an average of 20.3 per game. They have earned a total of 874 blocks for the year. Protecting the goal for Chicago is Corey Crawford from Montreal, Quebec. He is 35 years old and has totaled 2,340 minutes protecting the goal for the season. Crawford is conceding an average of 2.77 GAA which has him ranking 17th among West goaltenders and 33rd in the NHL among goaltenders. Over the course of this season, he has allowed 108 goals. He has a save percentage of .917 which has him ranking 13th among West goaltenders.
The Chicago Blackhawks were on the right side of the scoreboard with a 6 - 4 victory against the Edmonton Oilers in their last game. The Blackhawks had a solid offensive performance in the victory. For this game, they converted 6 of the 42 shots they tried. In addition, they had 6 power play opportunities and were able to notch 3 goals out of those attempts. Chicago racked up 8 penalty mins in this outing. The Corsi for the Blackhawks sat at 47 and the Corsi against was 39 which means they earned a Corsi percentage of 54.7%. Their Fenwick sat at 35 and the Fenwick against at even strength was 27, which means they had a rate of 56.5%. They earned 22 face-off wins and were beaten on 21 of all total face-offs. Their offensive zone starts were rated at 38.1% and they had a PDO of 106.0 in this one. Regarding their opponent, the Edmonton Oilers racked up a total of 29 shots. They had 12 penalty mins and they had 4 power play chances.
The Oilers will be the team across the ice and for the current year they sit with 37 wins and 25 losses. In the matter of goal differential, they currently sit 6th in the conference and 14th in the NHL with +8. They have earned a total of 223 goals for the season which ranks 5th in the Western Conference. Edmonton has a save percentage as a team of .905 which currently has them ranked 14th in the NHL, which means there should be some chances to score. They have a team shooting percentage of 10.6% which is good for 1st in the conference. In net for Edmonton is Mike Smith who is having a tough season by giving up 2.95 goals per game and that has him ranked 21st in the Western Conference and 43rd in the NHL among goaltenders. In the 2,157 mins he has been on the ice, he's given up 106 goals. His save % is .902, which has him placed 28th in the Western Conference and 53rd in the NHL among goaltenders.
The Edmonton Oilers are hoping for a better outcome after their loss to the Blackhawks. In the game, Edmonton went home with a 45.3% Corsi rating. They got to that percentage by earning a Corsi of 39 and the other team having a Corsi of 47. Their Fenwick percentage was 43.5% with a Fenwick of 27 and the Blackhawks having a 35 Fenwick at even strength. These Corsi stats tell us the story of the kind of game Edmonton played and we'd say they played well overall. They had a PDO of 94.0 and they'll go home having earned an oZS percentage of 61.9%. The Oilers netted 4 goals of the 29 shots on goal they took. They had 4 power play attempts in this game and were able to notch 3 out of those attempts. On the other side of the ice, the Blackhawks had 6 power play attempts and used that advantage to score 3 goals. Edmonton gave up 42 shots on goal and the Blackhawks ended up with a total of 8 penalty minutes.
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Josh's Pick: Take Edmonton (-160)
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