Oilers vs Canadiens Predictions, Picks, Tips 1/9/2020
Game: Edmonton Oilers vs Montreal Canadiens
Date: Thursday, January 9, 2020
Location: Bell Centre in Montreal, QC
Odds/Point Spread: Oilers (+113) Canadiens (-125)
Mikko Koskinen and the Edmonton Oilers (23-17-5, 4th in the Pacific Division) head to Bell Centre on Thursday where they'll meet the Montreal Canadiens (18-19-7, 6th in the Atlantic Division). The moneyline on this contest has the Oilers priced at +113 and the Canadiens are at -125. The total has been set at 6. The Oilers are covering 48.8% of the time, having gone 21-22 SU. The Canadiens are covering 38.1% of the time, going 16-26 straight up.
The Edmonton Oilers head into this game holding a record of 23 victories and 17 defeats, which is good for 4th in the Pacific Division. Thus far in the season, they have earned a total of 135 goals which has them at 6th in the West and 15th in the NHL. Their goal differential is -6, which is good for 21st in the NHL. The Oilers have compiled a total of 51 pts, which has them at 14th in the NHL and 7th in the West. When talking about shots on goal, they have compiled a total of 1,313 which has them at 11th in the conference and 21st in the NHL. As a unit, Edmonton has earned a total of 939 hits which has them averaging 20.9 per game. They have compiled a total of 580 blocks for the season. The man between the pipes for Edmonton is Mikko Koskinen from Vantaa, Finland. He is 31 years old and has racked up 1,472 minutes defending the net this season. Koskinen is allowing 2.85 GAA which has him sitting 14th among West goalies and 28th among goaltenders in the NHL. Over the course of this year, he has given up 70 goals. He holds a save % of .912 which has him sitting 15th among West goalies.
The Edmonton Oilers were on the winning side of the scoreboard with a 6 - 4 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs in their last contest. The Oilers played really well in this win. In this outing, they netted 6 of the 35 shots they looked to score on. In addition, they had 5 power play opportunities and were able to score 1 goal out of those tries. Edmonton earned a total of 10 penalty minutes in this game. The Corsi for the Oilers sat at 52 and the Corsi against was 47 which means they earned a Corsi percentage of 52.5%. Their Fenwick sat at 40 while the Fenwick against was 38, giving them a Fenwick percentage of 51.3%. They took 17 face-off wins at even strength and were beaten on 30 of all total face-offs. The offensive zone starts for them were rated at 68.1% and they had a PDO of 105.8 in this one. Regarding their opponent, the Toronto Maple Leafs tallied a total of 36 shots. Their total at the end of the game was 12 minutes in the box and they earned a total of 4 power play attempts.
The Canadiens will be the team across the ice and for the season they sit with 18 wins and 19 defeats. Regarding goal differential, they are ranked 12th in the conference and 20th in the league with -5. They have compiled a total of 137 goals for the year which ranks them 9th in the East. Montreal has a save % as a team of .897 which currently has them sitting 22nd in the league, which tells us there could be plenty of chances to score if they are aggressive. They have a shooting percentage of 8.9% ranking them 13th in the East. In goal for Montreal is Carey Price who is having a rough season by giving up 3.01 GAA and that has him ranked 19th among Eastern Conference goaltenders and 40th among goaltenders in the NHL. In the 2,056 minutes he has played, he has allowed 103 goals. He's earned a save % of .902, which has him ranking 22nd among Eastern Conference goaltenders and 45th among goaltenders in the NHL.
The Montreal Canadiens faced off against the Detroit Red Wings in a game where the Canadiens ended up taking the loss by a final score of 4 - 3. For this game, Montreal earned a 46.6% Corsi rating. They earned that percentage by having a Corsi of 34 while their opponent had a Corsi of 39. Their Fenwick rate was 43.1% by earning a Fenwick of 25 and the Red Wings earning a 33 Fenwick at even strength. This Corsi percentage speaks to the kind of game that Montreal played and you can say they had a mediocre outing. Their PDO at even strength was 90.2 and their oZS percentage was 61.5%. The Canadiens converted 3 goals out of the 26 shots on goal they took. They had 5 power play attempts in this one and scored 1 out of those chances. As for their opponent, the Red Wings had 4 power play attempts but didn't put the puck in goal. Montreal gave way to 30 shots on goal and the Red Wings earned 10 penalty mins.
Who will win tonight's NHL game ATS?
Josh's Pick: Take Montreal (-125)
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