Edmonton Oilers vs Montreal Canadiens Prediction, 3/24/2021 NHL Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Edmonton Oilers vs Montreal Canadiens
Date: Wednesday, March 24, 2021
Location: Bell Centre in Montreal, QC
TV: Sportsnet One
Odds/Point Spread: Oilers (+105) Canadiens (-125)
Bell Centre is the venue where Carey Price and the Montreal Canadiens (14-8-9) will take on the Edmonton Oilers (21-13-0) on Wednesday. The Canadiens open this game at -125 while the Oilers are coming in at +105. The total opens at 6.5.
The Oilers were on the winning side of the scoreboard with a 4-2 victory over the Jets in their last game. The Corsi for the Oilers was 58 and the Corsi against when the final whistle blew was 40 which had their Corsi rate coming in at 59.2%. When starting in the offensive zone they were rated at 56.1% and they had a PDO of 109.3 in this game. Edmonton amassed 16 penalty mins in this contest. The Oilers had a solid offensive outing and it was apparent in the win. Their Fenwick came in at 38 and the Fenwick against finished at 32, giving them a Fenwick percentage of 54.3%. They tallied 17 face-off wins when at even strength and were beaten on 16 opportunities to take control of the puck. Moreover, they had 3 opportunities with more players on the ice but didn't net one. In the game, they scored on 4 out of the 37 shots they looked to score on.
The Oilers have had 1,054 shots tried against them and have a save percentage of .908. While at even strength, the Oilers have given up 73 goals while earning 86 on the offensive side of the ice. Edmonton Oilers opponents have earned 100 power play opportunities (12th in the NHL) and have scored 24 goals in those chances. For the current campaign, they have earned 42 points and their points % is .618. Edmonton has attempted 1,064 shots and has a shooting percentage of 10.9%. When discussing their scoring, the Edmonton Oilers have notched 116 goals (1st in the league) on the campaign and have given up 97. Edmonton comes into tonight with 111 power play chances and they have tallied 30 goals during those advantages, giving them a percentage of 27.03%.
The man in net for this game is Mike Smith. Opponents have tallied 1,610 goals against Smith in his NHL career and his average for goals against per game is 2.70. Smith has participated in 626 contests over the course of his hockey career. He has a save percentage of .912 for his 35,732 minutes on the ice. He has earned an overall mark of 273-251-74 and was named the starter in 585 games. Over the course of his pro career, Smith has compiled 312 quality starts and his rate for quality starts is .533. Smith has had 18,240 shots against him and has garnered 16,630 saves.
In their last contest, Montreal faced the Canucks in a game where the Canadiens ended up with the win by a tally of 5-4. They had 1 attempt on the power play in this matchup and tallied 1 on that opportunity. The Canadiens recorded 5 goals of the 40 shots on goal they attempted. They had a PDO of 88 and their oZS percentage was 71.9%. Montreal earned a 68.2% Corsi rate. These Corsi stats tell us the story of the kind of game Montreal had and they showed up in this game. Their Fenwick percentage was 72.0% by way of having a Fenwick of 54 and the Canucks having accrued a 21 Fenwick.
Montreal has taken 1,028 shots (6th in hockey) and has a shooting percentage of 9.63%, while allowing their opponents 894 shots. They have a penalty kill percentage of 76.42% on their opponents 106 power play chances, and their save percentage currently sits at 90.6%. They have recorded 84 opportunities on the power play and they have accumulated a power play rate of 23.81%. The Canadiens have earned 79 goals at even strength and 20 goals (15th in the NHL) while on the power play. They have granted a total of 84 goals to be scored by of a combination of 59 goals at even strength and 25 goals while they had less men on the ice. On the year, the Montreal Canadiens have a total of 99 goals, 37 points, in addition to a points percentage of .597.
On the other side of the ice you are likely to see Carey Price patrolling the crease. The opposition is averaging 2.50 goals per contest and he has conceded 1,727 goals overall. Price's percentage of quality starts is 57.4% and he has accumulated 396 quality starting assignments in his NHL career. He has started in 690 games and has played for a total of 41,444 minutes. Price is the owner of a lifetime record of 358-255-79 and has participated in 702 games. He has a tally of 19,092 stops out of 20,819 shots taken, giving him a percentage of .917.
Who will win tonight's hockey game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take Edmonton (+105)
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