Oilers vs Flames Predictions, Picks, Tips 1/11/2020
Game: Edmonton Oilers vs Calgary Flames
Date: Saturday, January 11, 2020
Location: Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary, AB
Odds/Point Spread: Oilers (+140) Flames (-155)
Mike Smith and the Edmonton Oilers (24-17-5, 4th in the Pacific Division) head to Scotiabank Saddledome on Saturday where they'll take on the Calgary Flames (24-17-5, 3rd in the Pacific Division). The Oilers open this matchup at +140 while the Flames are coming in at -155. The O/U opens at 6. The Oilers are covering 50.0% of the time, having gone 22-22 SU. The Flames are covering 47.6% of the time, going 20-22 straight up.
The Edmonton Oilers head into this game holding a record of 24 victories and 17 defeats, which puts them at 4th in the Pacific Division. During the season thus far, they have scored a total of 139 goals which ranks them 6th in the West and 15th in the NHL. Their goal differential is -4, which puts them at 20th in the NHL. The Oilers have a total of 53 points, which ranks them 13th in the NHL and 7th in the conference. In discussing shots toward the net, they have a total of 1,339 which ranks them 13th in the West and 24th in the NHL. As a group, Edmonton has compiled a total of 959 hits which means they have an average of 20.8 per contest. They have a total of 594 blocks for this year. Protecting the goal for Edmonton is Mike Smith from Kingston, Ontario. He is 37 years old and has totaled 1,297 mins protecting the net for the year. Smith is surrendering an average of 3.01 goals against average which has him ranking 21st in the West and 40th among goaltenders in the NHL. Over the course of this season, he has allowed 65 goals. His save percentage is .900 which has him ranking 25th in the West.
The Edmonton Oilers will head into their next game feeling good after earning a 4 - 2 win over the Montreal Canadiens the last time they stepped on the ice. The Oilers had a solid offensive performance in this victory. For this matchup, they scored on 4 of the 26 shots they tried. Moreover, they had 2 power play chances and were able to net 1 goal out of those opportunities. Edmonton racked up a total of 4 penalty mins in this game. The Corsi for the Oilers sat at 42 and the Corsi against was 56 which earned them a Corsi percentage of 42.9%. Their Fenwick was 33 while the Fenwick against was 42, which tells us they had a rate of 44.0%. They won 29 face-off wins and lost 25 of all total face-offs. Their starts in the offensive zone came in at 38.9% and they had a PDO of 107.0 in this one. With regard to the opposition's stats, the Montreal Canadiens tallied a total of 37 shots. They ended the game with 4 penalty mins and they notched 2 power play attempts.
The Flames will be on the other side of the ice and for the year they sit with 24 wins and 17 defeats. In connection with goal differential, they are ranked 11th in the conference and 24th in the league with -13. They currently have a total of 123 goals for this season which has them sitting at 11th in the Western Conference. Calgary has a team save % of .909 which currently has them ranked 10th in the league, meaning scoring chances could present themselves. They have a team shooting percentage of 8.6% putting them at 13th in the West. In net for Calgary is David Rittich who is having a marginal campaign by giving up 2.81 goals per contest and that has him ranked 11th among Western Conference goaltenders and 24th in the NHL among goaltenders. In the 1,945 mins he has been on the ice, he's given up 91 goals. He has a save % of .911, which puts him at 16th among Western Conference goaltenders and 26th in the NHL among goaltenders.
The Calgary Flames squared up with the Minnesota Wild in a game where the Flames notched a win by a tally of 2 - 1. In this matchup, Calgary earned a 37.9% Corsi rating. That percentage was had by having a Corsi of 44 and the team opposite of them having a Corsi of 72. Their Fenwick percentage came in at 35.8% by earning a Fenwick of 34 and the Wild ending the game with a 61 Fenwick. This Corsi rating is telling of the kind of game that Calgary played and it tells us that they didn't have their best game. Their PDO was 101.3 and their percentage of oZS was 42.1%. The Flames converted 2 goals out of the 37 shots on goal they were seeking. They had 2 power play chances in this game and were able to net 1 out of those chances. Concerning their opponent, the Wild had 2 power play chances but were not able to take advantage. Calgary allowed 43 shots on goal and the Wild racked up a total of 4 penalty mins.
Who will win tonight's hockey game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take Edmonton (+140)
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