Free NHL Hockey Prediction: Oilers vs Canadiens NHL Odds
Looking for Edmonton Oilers vs. Montreal Canadiens free hockey plays & NHL Odds? NHL betting sees the Oilers taking on the Canadiens on Tuesday, March 30th at Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec. Cappers Picks provides complimentary expert handicapping picks on all NHL Hockey games all season long so stay tuned for more FREE daily NHL hockey predictions like this Oilers Canadiens matchup.
NHL Handicapping Analysis
(22-13-1) Edmonton Oilers vs. Montreal Canadiens (14-8-9)
Date: Tuesday, March 30th
Time: 7:00 PM ET
Venue: Bell Centre, Montreal, Quebec
NHL Hockey Moneyline Odds: Oilers +115| Canadiens -135
NHL Hockey Puck Line Odds: Canadiens -1.5 (+165)
NHL Betting Total: 6
The Canadiens had to shut things down for over a week due to positive COVID tests, so now they begin the scramble to make up for the last 10 days with some schedule flip-flopping. That’s actually an advantage on Tuesday.
Edmonton notched a nice bounce back win on Monday, beating Toronto 3-2 in OT to avenge a 4-3 extra time loss to the Maple Leafs on Sunday. That’s still getting points in two games vs. the 1st place team.
Darnell Nurse scored just 0:17 into OT and the quick ender saves Edmonton’s legs just a little bit more for the 0 days rest matchup vs. Montreal. The win pushed the Oilers to 4-0-1 over their last five.
Is there value on the Oilers as slight +120 underdogs here? Sure they have the short turnaround, but the team has been playing well. Montreal will also likely be very rusty after getting knocked out of a comfortable rhythm with so much time off.
What the Oilers will have to do in the back-to-back is return to Mikko Koskinen in net. Mike Smith has started the last three, allowing 8 total goals. Koskinen has allowed two goals or less in his last three starts.
There’s a lot of unknowns for Montreal heading into this matchup after the long layoff. They did score in 8 of 10 games prior to the shutdown, but four of those games were OT losses.
The Canadiens also don’t have too much of a home ice advantage, as they are just 6-5-2 at Centre Bell this season. Montreal is 8 points behind the Oilers for 3rd place in the North – but have also played five fewer games.
Montreal did win a couple games in Edmonton en route to their 5-0-2 start to the season. The Oilers returned the favor in a 3-0 shutout in Quebec on February 11th behind a brilliant performance in net from Smith.
The Canadiens were on 0 days rest in their previous loss to Edmonton – and now they’re on a 10 day break. Jake Allen got the loss in the last meeting, but Carey Price will likely be between the pipes on Tuesday night. Price allowed 8 goals in his last two starts prior to the layoff though.
NHL Betting Trends:
- Oilers are 12-2 last 14 on 0 days rest
- Oilers are 4-1 last 5 overall
- Oilers are 8-3 last 11 road games
- Over is 3-1-1 last 5 overall
- Canadiens are 5-11 last 16 overall
- Road team is 4-0 last 4 head to head meetings
- Oilers are 8-2 last 10 in Montreal
Free Edmonton Oilers vs. Montreal Canadiens NHL Prediction:
It’s no doubt an interesting matchup Tuesday night in Quebec. Tired vs. Rested, but Ready vs. Rusty. One thing about the Oilers is that they’ve played well on the back to back, winning 12 of their last 14 in this situation.
That success is a testament to their depth, especially in net. Koskinen is more than capable of holding his own in this matchup.
4* Free NHL Betting Pick: Oilers +120
It wouldn’t be a stretch to see Montreal come out absolutely flat in this matchup after having so much time off. On COVID restrictions your practices and everything are limited so it’s tough to get back in the groove.
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