Edmonton Oilers vs Montreal Canadiens Prediction, 3/22/2021 NHL Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Edmonton Oilers vs Montreal Canadiens
Date: Monday, March 22, 2021
Location: Bell Centre in Montreal, QC
Odds/Point Spread: Oilers (+109) Canadiens (-120)
Bell Centre is the venue where Carey Price and the Montreal Canadiens (14-8-9) will play the Edmonton Oilers (21-13-0) on Monday. The line on this contest has the Oilers priced at +109 and the Canadiens are at -120. The total is set at 6.5.
The Oilers were on the winning side of the scoreboard with a 4-2 victory against the Jets in their previous game. The Corsi for the Oilers was sitting at 58 and the Corsi against when this game finished was 40 meaning they had a Corsi rate of 59.2%. Their starts in the offensive zone sat at 56.1% and they had a PDO of 109.3 for this one. Edmonton had 16 minutes in the box in this matchup. The Oilers had a solid offensive performance and it showed in the victory. Their Fenwick was 38 and the Fenwick against was 32, meaning they had a Fenwick percentage of 54.3%. They accumulated 17 face-off wins at even strength and were beaten on 16 attempts to win the face-off. In addition, they had 3 chances with extra men on the ice but weren't able to make the most of them. In the outing, they were able to notch a goal on 4 out of the 37 shots they put on net.
The Oilers have had 1,054 shots taken against them and have earned a save percentage of .908. While at even strength, the Oilers have allowed the opponent to score 73 goals while getting 86 as an offensive unit. Edmonton Oilers opponents have 100 power play tries (10th in pro hockey) and have come away with 24 goals in those chances. For the current campaign, they have racked up 42 points and their points % is .618. Edmonton has attempted 1,064 shots and has a shot percentage of 10.9%. When talking about their goal scoring prowess, the Edmonton Oilers have notched 116 goals (1st in hockey) for the season and have given up 97. Edmonton has tallied 111 power play opportunities and they have tallied 30 goals out of those attempts, garnering them a rate of 27.03%.
The player protecting the goal in this game is Mike Smith. Throughout his time in hockey, Smith is sitting with 312 quality starts and his percentage for quality starts is .533. His save percentage currently is at .912 for his 35,732 mins in the crease. Smith has had 18,240 shots taken against him and has gathered 16,630 saves. Opponents have tallied 1,610 goals versus Smith in his pro career and his goals against average per contest is 2.70. He has accumulated an overall record of 273-251-74 and he has started in 585 games. Smith has been involved in 626 games over the course of his professional hockey career.
The last time they were on the ice, Montreal played the Canucks in a game where the Canadiens earned a win by a score of 5-4. Montreal had a 68.2% Corsi rate. This Corsi rating is telling of the kind of game that Montreal played and they looked like the better team in this game. Their Fenwick rate was 72.0% by tallying a Fenwick of 54 and the Canucks having a 21 Fenwick. Their PDO was 88 and their oZS percentage was 71.9%. The Canadiens recorded 5 goals of the 40 shots on goal they were seeking. They had 1 opportunity on the power play in this contest and scored 1 on that opportunity.
So far this season, the Montreal Canadiens are sitting with 99 goals, 37 points, and a points percentage of .597. They have granted a total of 84 goals to be scored by way of 59 goals at even strength and 25 goals while they had less men on the ice. The Canadiens have earned 79 goals at even strength and 20 goals (15th in pro hockey) while on the power play. They have a tally of 84 power play chances and they have earned a power play rate of 23.81%. Montreal has tried 1,028 shots (5th in the NHL) and has a shooting percentage of 9.63%, while allowing their opponents 894 shots. They have recorded a penalty kill percentage of 76.42% on their opponents 106 power play opportunities, and their save percentage currently sits at 90.6%.
Across the ice you are going to see Carey Price in net. Price has accrued a lifetime mark of 358-255-79 and has played in 702 games. Price's quality start percentage sits at 57.4% and he has accumulated 396 quality starting assignments in his pro career. He has accrued 19,092 saves out of the 20,819 shots tried, which gives him a rate of .917. His opposition is averaging 2.50 goals/game and he has allowed 1,727 goals overall. He has started in 690 games and has accumulated 41,444 mins.
Who will win tonight's hockey game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take Edmonton (+109)
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