Edmonton Oilers vs Chicago Blackhawks Predictions, NHL Picks, Betting Tips 8/5/2020
Game: Edmonton Oilers vs Chicago Blackhawks
Date: Wednesday, August 5, 2020
Location: Rogers Place in Edmonton, AB
Odds/Point Spread: Oilers (+150) Blackhawks (-180)
Corey Crawford and the Chicago Blackhawks (32-30-8, 7th in the Central Division) host the Edmonton Oilers (37-25-9, 2nd in the Pacific Division) at Rogers Place on Wednesday, August 5, 2020. The series is tied 1-1. The line on this game has the Oilers coming in at +150 and the Blackhawks are at -180. The O/U is set at 6.5. The Oilers are covering 50.7% of the time, having gone 35-34 SU. Chicago covers 42.4% of the time, going 28-38 straight up.
The Edmonton Oilers head into this matchup with a record of 37 wins and 25 defeats, which puts them at 2nd in the Pacific Division. During the year thus far, they have scored a total of 223 goals which has them ranked at 5th in the West and 12th in the NHL. Their goal differential is +8, which puts them at 14th in the NHL. The Oilers currently have a total of 83 pts, which has them ranked at 9th in the NHL and 4th in the conference. In the matter of shots at the opposing goalie, they currently have a total of 2,100 which has them ranked at 14th in the West and 27th in the NHL. As a unit, Edmonton has a total of 1,517 hits which means they have an average of 21.4 per contest. They currently have a total of 900 blocks for this year. The goaltender for Edmonton is Mike Smith from Kingston, Ontario. He is 37 years old and has racked up 2,157 mins minding the net this year. Smith is giving up 2.95 goals per game which has him ranked 21st among West goaltenders and 43rd among goalies in the NHL. So far this season, he's allowed 106 goals. He has a save percentage of .902 which has him ranked 28th among West goaltenders.
The Oilers were on the right side of the scoreboard with a 6 - 3 victory over the Blackhawks in Game 2. The Oilers had a solid offensive output and it showed in the victory. For the game, they earned a goal on 6 of the 35 shots they put on net. In addition, they had 5 power play chances and were able to net 1 goal out of those opportunities. Edmonton ended up with a total of 8 penalty minutes in this outing. The Corsi for the Oilers was 50 and the Corsi against was 36 which means they had a Corsi percentage of 58.1%. Their Fenwick was 38 and the Fenwick against sat at 23, meaning they had a Fenwick percentage of 62.3%. They earned 25 face-off wins and lost 13 of all total face-offs. Their offensive zone starts came in at 45.8% and they had a PDO of 101.9 for this game. With regard to the opposition's stats, the Chicago Blackhawks earned a total of 26 shots. Their total at the end of the game was 10 penalty mins and they earned 4 power play opportunities.
The Blackhawks will be on the other side of the ice and for the season they sit with 32 wins and 30 losses. In discussing goal differential, they are ranked 11th in the conference and 22nd in the NHL with -6. They have earned a total of 208 goals for the season which ranks 9th in the Western Conference. Chicago has a save percentage as a team of .913 which has them sitting 7th in the NHL, which means chances to score may be limited. They have a team shooting percentage of 9.3% putting them at 8th in the West. In goal for Chicago is Corey Crawford who is having an average year by surrendering 2.77 goals per contest and that has him ranked 17th among West goalies and 33rd among goalies in the NHL. In the 2,340 minutes he has been on the ice, he's given up 108 goals. He has a save percentage of .917, which has him ranking 13th among West goalies and 20th among goalies in the NHL.
In Game 2 Chicago had a 41.9% Corsi rating. They wound up with that percentage by having a Corsi of 36 and their opponent having a Corsi of 50. They had a Fenwick percentage of 37.7% by way of having a Fenwick of 23 and the Oilers earning a 38 Fenwick. This Corsi rating is telling of the kind of game that Chicago played and it shows us they played like an average team. They had a PDO at even strength of 98.1 and they earned an oZS percentage of 54.5%. The Blackhawks scored 3 goals out of the 26 shots on goal they took. They had 4 power play chances in this game but weren't able to put one in the back of the net. Regarding the opposition, the Oilers had 5 power play chances and ended up scoring 1 goal. Chicago conceded 35 shots on goal and the Oilers ended up with a total of 8 minutes in the box.
Who will win tonight's NHL game ATS?
Josh's Pick: Take Chicago (-180)
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