Edmonton Oilers at Calgary Flames

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The Edmonton Oilers will travel to the Scotiabank Saddledome on Monday night to take on the Calgary Flames in a North Division battle. These teams played four times and Edmonton has a 3-1 season series lead. They last played against each other on March 6 and the Oilers picked up a 3-2 win after trailing early in the third period. The Edmonton Oilers (18-12-0, 36 points) are tied for second in the North Division and are coming off a 2-1 road loss on Saturday against the Vancouver Canucks to snap their winning streak. The Calgary Flames (13-12-3, 29 points) are fifth in the North Division and are riding a two-game winning streak after defeating the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday 3-1.

These teams are extremely similar on the defensive side of the ice so it will be interesting to see which franchise can get going offensively. Let’s take a deeper dive into these teams to decide where we should be placing our wagers.

Best in the World

Edmonton has been starting to bounce back after struggling in the early stages of this season but one thing is for certain: center Connor McDavid has been playing extremely well to begin the season. The Oilers are dealing with a handful of injuries so it will be interesting to see some of the line changes. The 2015 first-round pick is leading the league in assists and points while being second in goals as he has 52 points (17 goals, 35 assists) this season and has been on fire as he recorded 12 points in his last five games played. In his last game against the Vancouver Canucks, he finished with an assist and seven shots on goal in 26:20 on the ice. McDavid has shown the ability to dominate a game and it should be interesting to see if he can score against this average Ottawa defense.

Mikko Koskinen has been the goalie for the Edmonton Oilers throughout most of the season thus far. In his last game against the Vancouver Canucks, he allowed two goals on 28 shots in a loss to drop his record to 8-10-0 this season and has a 3.23 goals against per game average. As a team, they have allowed 87 total goals, which is 20th in the league. This defense is the worst aspect of the Oilers and is a below-average defense against power plays. They kill 68-of-90 (75.56 percent) of penalties so if they can improve their defense, they will be in a better spot for the rest of the season.

Center of Attention

The Calgary Flames have been stagnant so far this season but center Elias Lindholm has played well. The Senators only have Joakim Nordstrom listed on the injury report so they are as healthy as they will be in this game. The 2017 fourth-round pick is leading the team in both points and goals as he has 24 points (six goals, 18 assists) this season and has recorded five points in his last five games played. In his last game against the Montreal Canadiens, he finished with an assist and attempted a pair of shots in 17:12 on the ice. Lindholm has shown the ability to be one of the better passers in the entire league and it should be interesting to see his ability to score against this Edmonton defense.

Jacob Markstrom has been the goalie for the Calgary Flames throughout most of the season thus far and is coming off a game where he struggled a bit. Going up against the Montreal Canadiens, he finished allowing one goal on 25 shots in a win to bring his record to 10-7-2 this year. As a team, they have allowed 82 total goals, which is 18th in the NHL. The Flames are around league-average against power plays as they have allowed 18 power play goals in 93 opportunities (80.65 percent kill). If they can limit the amount of shots against Markstrom, it will definitely do wonders for the Flames in this game.

The Bottom Line
What to bet on this game.

Full-Game Side Bet
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The way to win is to score more goals than your opponent and there is a bit of a difference. The Oilers are seventh in the league with 3.33 goals per game while the Flames are 24th in the league with 2.68 goals per game. Taking advantage of power plays are another number to look at as scoring when you have a man advantage can be the difference between these franchises. Edmonton is eighth in the NHL with 26.5 percent of power plays resulting in goals while Calgary is 15th in the NHL with 20.8 percent of power plays resulting in goals. The Oilers are 4-1 in their last five games while the Flames are 1-4 in their last five games against teams with a winning record so the advantage seems to be towards the Edmonton Oilers in this game.

Prediction:
Edmonton +110

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Full-Game Total Pick
Rating:

This number is going to be set high with how these teams have played against one another in the past this season and it will be too high for us to consider taking the over. These teams are decent at stopping the puck from finding the net defensively as Edmonton is 16th in the league with 2.90 goals against per game while Calgary is right above them at 15th with 2.89 goals per game. The under has hit in six of the last seven Oilers road games while it also is 8-1-2 in the Flames last 11 games following a win. The numbers and trends are all pointing towards the under in this game.

Prediction:
Under