Free NHL Hockey Prediction: Oilers vs Flames NHL Odds
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NHL Handicapping Analysis
(18-13-0) Edmonton Oilers vs. Calgary Flames (14-12-3)
Date: Wednesday, March 17th, 2021
Time: 10:00 PM
Venue: Saddledome, Calgary, Alberta
NHL Hockey Moneyline Odds: -105/-115
NHL Hockey Puck Line Odds: OFF
NHL Betting Total: 6
The Flames are another team in the North who quietly putting themselves in at least striking distance of a playoff spot, as it looked like this Flames season was effectively over not too long ago.
I do not think anyone really thinks the Oilers are legit title contenders in 2021, but it is nice to see their dynamic duo of Draisaitl and McDavid on a nightly basis, and they certainly do have the talent to perhaps advance past the first round which would be a step in the right direction for the franchise.
The Oilers unfortunately lost their last game in the first matchup of this series taking the L by a score of 4-3 in a game where starting goaltender Mike Smith had one of his worst performances in awhile allowing 4 goals on just 27 total shots.
I do believe, however, he will bounce back here, as he is slated to be the starter once again and he has been awesome all season with a .921% save percentage and a 2.31 goals against average.
In terms of the main guys to look out for on the Oilers it really is going to be the same two guys for the entire season, with Leon Draisaitl and Connor McDavid combining for a pretty insane 99 combined points off of the first 31 games.
Calgary also does not have the team to be able to compete deep in the playoffs this year, but they are well on their way to building the necessary core going forward, as the Flames come into this game off of the back of 3 straight wins and are certainly no pushovers.
Elias Lindholm has been having an awesome season at center on the first line for Calgary coming into this game with 7 goals and 19 assists and he should be in a decent spot to improve on those numbers, as he gets an A+ matchup here against an Oilers team who is not exactly opposed to conceding goals.
The guy between the sticks has been an issue for the Flames basically since Kiprusoff retired, but Jacob Markstrom has filled in nicely this year when he has been called upon with a .910 save percentage.
NHL Betting Trends:
- Oilers are 5-1 in their last 6 in the third game of a 3-in-4 situation.
- Oilers are 9-2 in their last 11 vs. a team with a losing record.
- Oilers are 10-4 in their last 14 games playing on 1 days rest.
- Oilers are 15-7 in their last 22 overall.
- Flames are 5-12 in their last 17 vs. a team with a winning record.
- Flames are 2-5 in their last 7 games following a win.
- Flames are 3-8 in their last 11 in the fourth game of a 4-in-6 situation.
Free Edmonton Oilers vs. Calgary Flames NHL Prediction:
The Edmonton Oilers should really break out of this little slump, as they are in a nice spot in the division and they are the overall better team in comparison to Calgary. I do also like the goalie matchup in this spot, as I think Mike Smith will be able to bounce back off of that bad game last time out.
We are also getting a slightly better price on what I believe is the better team with the Oilers currently at -105 which seems like a good price for them to get the job done here.
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