Edmonton Oilers vs Chicago Blackhawks Prediction, 3/3/2022 NHL Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Edmonton Oilers vs Chicago Blackhawks
Date: Thursday, March 3, 2022
Location: United Center in Chicago, IL
TV: NBC Sports Chicago
Odds/Point Spread: Oilers (-175) Blackhawks (+140)
The Edmonton Oilers (30-21-3) are en route to United Center on Thursday where they will take on the Chicago Blackhawks (19-27-8). The moneyline on this matchup has the Oilers at -175 while the Blackhawks are coming in at +140. The over/under comes in at 6.
The Edmonton Oilers will head into their next game feeling good after earning a 3-0 victory against the Flyers in their last game. Edmonton earned 10 penalty mins in this contest. The Oilers offense didn't overly impress in the win. They also had 5 power play opportunities and were able to notch 1 goal. For the outing, they finished 3 of the 32 shots they launched.
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Regarding their scoring capabilities, the Edmonton Oilers have accumulated 176 goals (10th in hockey) for the year and have allowed 171. For the current season, they have scored 63 points and their points % is .583. Edmonton comes into the game with 156 power play chances and they have scored 41 goals out of those advantages, garnering them a rate of 26.28%. At even strength, the Oilers have surrendered 132 goals while notching 135 on offense. Edmonton has taken 1,802 shots and is the owner of a shot percentage of 9.8%. The Oilers have had 1,720 shots tried against them and are the owners of a save percentage of .901. Edmonton Oilers opponents have earned 167 power play opportunities (7th in the league) and have earned 39 goals in those chances.
Patrolling the crease for the game will be Mike Smith. Over the course of his career, Smith has accumulated 325 quality starts and his quality starts percentage is .529. His save percentage sits at .912 for his 37,444 minutes between the pipes. Smith has seen 19,137 shots against him and he has 17,446 total saves. Opponents have notched 1,691 goals against Smith in his pro hockey career and his goals against average per game is 2.71. He has earned an overall mark of 288-261-77 and was named the starter in 614 games. Smith has taken the ice for 656 contests over the course of his NHL career.
In their last contest, Chicago went up against the Blues in a game where the Blackhawks ended up losing by a tally of 4-0. They had 3 power play attempts in this game but were not able to net one. The Blackhawks scored 0 goals out of the 30 shots on goal they pursued.
So far this season, the Chicago Blackhawks have accumulated 131 goals, 46 points, in addition to a points percentage of .426. They have allowed 183 goals to be scored by of a combination of 145 goals at even strength and 38 goals while they were shorthanded. The Blackhawks are sitting with 97 goals at even strength and 34 goals (16th in hockey) while having a power play advantage. They have a total of 167 power play chances and they have a power play rate of 20.36%. Chicago has taken 1,552 shots (28th in the NHL) and has accumulated a shooting percentage of 8.44%, while allowing the opposition 1,736 shots. They have recorded a penalty kill rate of 75.32% on the other teams 154 power play chances, and their save percentage is 89.5%.
On the other side of the ice you will find Marc-Andre Fleury defending the net. Opponents are averaging 2.56 goals/game and he has relinquished 2,276 goals altogether. Fleury's quality start percentage is 55.4% and he has qualified for 424 quality starting assignments in his NHL career. He has been a starter 766 games and his ice time sits at 53,370 mins. Fleury has amassed a career mark of 508-295-86 and has played in 922 games. He has tallied 23,920 saves out of 26,196 shots taken against him, which gives him a rate of .913.
Who will win tonight's NHL game against the spread or moneyline?
Josh's Pick: Take Edmonton (-175)
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