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Edmonton Oilers (+115) vs. Calgary Flames (-135)
NHL: Saturday, November 17, 2018, 10:05 PM ET at ScotiaBank, Calgary, Alberta
Saturday will feature one of the most heated rivalries in the National Hockey League when the Edmonton Oilers take on the Calgary Flames. The battle for Alberta is always a tight contest and this one will be no different as two teams are separated by just two points in the Pacific Division. Calgary enters this game in third place with a 10-8-1 record (21 points). Edmonton is in fourth with a 9-8-1 record (19 points) and they have a game in hand.
Oilers Dominate Canadiens to End Skid, 6-2
The Edmonton Oilers entered their contest against the Montréal Canadiens on Tuesday night as losers of four straight, but thanks to a line change by head coach Todd McLellan, the team came up with six goals on their way to a 6-2 victory. The top line was the biggest factor in the game as Leon Draisaitl added a goal and two assists after joining Connor McDavid on the top line.
Mikko Koskinen made 27 saves on the night. He has won four of his last five starts. Draisaitl has added wings and eight of his last 10 games. That is included nine goals in that stretch.
Edmonton is averaging 2.9 goals per game while allowing 3.1 per contest. The power-play is connecting on 19% of their opportunities while their penalty killing unit is killing off 74.1% of their chances.
McDavid still leads the team in scoring, off to a fast start with 10 goals and 16 assists in 18 games this season. The All-Star had three assists in the victory over Montréal, as he had been in a bit of a rut with one goal and one assist in his previous four games. That came after the Edmonton captain had points in eight straight games and 14 of his previous 15.
Flames Extinguished in 3-2 Loss to Canadiens
While they Montréal Canadiens lost in Edmonton, they pulled off a 3-2 victory in Calgary. The Flames dominated this game, for the most part, firing 45 shots on Montréal goaltender Carey Price, but were able to only find the back of the net twice in the contest.
The loss was the first in a four-game homestand for Calgary. The Flames got two goals from Matthew Tkachuk in the second but gave up to third-period goals to suffer the loss. Mike Smith played fairly well in net, allowing three goals on 22 shots. He has the second-worst save percentage among the top 50 goalies in the league at .876.
Calgary is averaging 3.1 goals per contest while giving up 3.1 goals per game. Their power-play is connecting on 18.5% of their opportunities and they are killing off 77% of their penalty kills.
Tkachuk leads the team in scoring with nine goals and 12 assists in 19 games. His two goals-against Montréal snapped a to gain pointless streak but in his previous four contests, he had three goals and three assists.
- Flames are 6-1 in their last seven games on a Saturday.
- Flames are 4-10 in their last 14 games against Pacific Division teams.
- Oilers are 1-4 in their last five games.
- Oilers are 7-3 in their last 10 games on a Saturday.
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
Both of these teams are in a bit of a rut. Edmonton has dominated this series of late, winning seven of the last nine contests, but Calgary has won 17 the last 25 at home against the Oilers. Plus, the home team has won four of the last five meetings.
Neither of these teams is getting exceptional goaltending, so you look to the team that has the better offensive firepower. With the change in lines for the Oilers, Edmonton looks to be the team to beat in this contest.
Prediction: Edmonton Oilers
Full-Game Total Pick
Calgary has scored six goals in their last four games, while Edmonton’s six goals-against Montréal helped to break the team out of a span of six goals in their previous four games. This should be a low-scoring affair, so take the under.
Prediction: Go Under 6.0 (-110)
Full-Game Prop Bet
Despite the fact that Edmonton scored two goals in the first period of their last game until one can be sure that the offense is clicking it’s a smarter pick to assume that they will not score in the first in this game, especially in Calgary.
Prediction: Edmonton does not score in the first.
Half-Time Side Pick
It is also a smart bet to assume that the total for the first period will not go over. With both teams facing a bit of an offensive rut it pays to expect strong defense.
Prediction: Go with under in the first period.