Vegas Golden Knights vs Edmonton Oilers Predictions, Free NHL Pick 3/9/2020
Game: Vegas Golden Knights vs Edmonton Oilers
Date: Monday, March 9, 2020
Location: Rogers Place in Edmonton, AB
Odds/Point Spread: Golden Knights (-113) Oilers (+102)
Mike Smith and the Edmonton Oilers (37-24-8, 1st in the Pacific Division) play the Vegas Golden Knights (37-24-8, 2nd in the Pacific Division) at Rogers Place on Monday, March 9, 2020. The Golden Knights open this game at -113 while the Oilers are coming in at +102. The total has been set at 6. The Golden Knights cover 51.5% of the time, having gone 34-32 SU. The Oilers cover 52.2% of the time, going 35-32 straight up.
The Vegas Golden Knights step onto the ice holding a record of 37 wins and 24 losses, which puts them at 2nd in the Pacific Division. So far this year, they have converted a total of 216 goals which ranks 5th in the conference and 12th in the NHL. Their goal differential is +12, which puts them at 11th in the NHL. The Golden Knights have a total of 82 points, which ranks 9th in the NHL and 4th in the conference. When discussing shots toward the net, they have a total of 2,370 which ranks 1st in the conference and 2nd in the NHL. As a unit, Vegas has racked up a total of 1,765 hits which means they have an average of 25.6 per contest. They have a total of 756 blocks for the year. In net for Vegas is Marc-Andre Fleury from Sorel, Quebec. He is 35 years old and has been on the ice a total of 2,818 mins in net for the campaign. Fleury is giving up an average of 2.79 GAA which puts him at 16th among Western Conference goalies and 33rd among goaltenders in the NHL. During this year, he has surrendered 131 goals. His save percentage is .905 which puts him at 23rd among Western Conference goalies.
The Vegas Golden Knights will look to clean up some issues after taking a 4 - 0 loss to the Winnipeg Jets the last time they stepped on the ice. The Golden Knights didn't have a great showing offensively in this defeat. In this game, they earned a goal on 0 of the 29 shots they put on net. Furthermore, they had 1 power play opportunity but weren't able to notch a goal in these power play chances. Vegas earned a total of 4 penalty minutes in this game. The Corsi for the Golden Knights sat at 60 and the Corsi against at even strength was 42 which gave them a Corsi percentage of 58.8%. Their Fenwick was 44 and the Fenwick against was 31, which means they earned a Fenwick percentage of 58.7%. They earned 31 face-off wins at even strength and were beaten on 35 of all total face-offs. Their starts in the offensive zone came in at 54.3% and they had a PDO of 90.9 for this matchup. With regard to the opposition's stats, the Winnipeg Jets racked up a total of 24 shots. They had 2 minutes in the box and they earned a total of 2 power play opportunities.
The Oilers will be the team across the ice and for the campaign they sit with 37 victories and 24 losses. In the matter of goal differential, they are sitting 4th in the Western Conference and 12th in the league with +11. They have a total of 219 goals for the season which has them at 2nd in the West. Edmonton has a team save percentage of .905 which currently has them ranked 15th in the league, which means there should be some chances to score. They are shooting 10.7% which puts them at 1st in the West. In net for Edmonton is Mike Smith who is having a tough campaign by surrendering 2.94 goals against average and that ranks him 23rd in the West and 45th among goalies in the NHL. In the 2,099 mins he has played this season, he has allowed 103 goals. He's earned a save percentage of .903, which has him sitting 28th in the West and 52nd among goalies in the NHL.
The Edmonton Oilers faced off against the Columbus Blue Jackets in a matchup where the Oilers got the win by a score of 4 - 1. For this outing, Edmonton had a 37.4% Corsi rating. They ended up with that by earning a Corsi of 37 while the opposition earned a Corsi of 62. Their Fenwick rate came in at 34.6% by way of having a Fenwick of 28 and the Blue Jackets ending the game with a 53 Fenwick. This Corsi percentage speaks to the kind of game that Edmonton had and it was a good performance overall. They had a PDO of 114.2 and they'll go home having earned an oZS percentage of 51.1%. The Oilers converted 4 goals out of the 24 shots on goal they pursued. They had 1 power play attempt in this game but didn't score a goal. In discussing the opposition, the Blue Jackets had 3 power play attempts but were not able to notch a goal. Edmonton gave way to 46 shots on goal and the Blue Jackets racked up 4 penalty minutes.
Who will win tonight's NHL game ATS?
Guy's Pick: Take Edmonton (+102)
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