Chicago Blackhawks vs. Edmonton Oilers - 3/6/15 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Edmonton Oilers (18-36-10) at Chicago Blackhawks (38-21-5)
NHL Hockey: Friday, March 6, 2015 at 8:30 pm (United Center)
The Line: Chicago Blackhawks -350 / Edmonton Oilers +305 --- Over/Under: 5.5 See the Latest Odds
The Chicago Blackhawks go into the last month of the season just looking to find a way to prove to themselves that they can play winning hockey without Patrick Kane in the lineup. The return of Kane might come in time for the opening round of the playoffs, but the Blackhawks might also be without him during that stretch as well. Chicago should have what it takes to avoid the wild card and stay ahead of the Winnipeg Jets, whom they currently hold a five point lead over in the standings. The bigger question will be whether or not they have enough to catch the St. Louis Blues for second place and home ice advantage in the first round. Things have been a little up and down of late for the Blackhawks but after a three game losing streak they’ve rebounded to win three of their last four. Monday night with the Carolina Hurricanes in town the Blackhawks took care of business as most would expect. Jonathan Toews scored his 20th goal of the season in a fairly uneventful first period to give Chicago the lead. Carolina actually did a good job of controlling things in the second period but they were let down by their goaltender. Toews added his second of the night just 44 seconds into the frame with the Blackhawks shorthanded, and midway through the frame Brandon Saad made it 3-0 with his 20th of the year. Marcus Kruger added his sixth to put Chicago up by four heading into the final period. The Hurricanes scored twice but Marian Hossa added his 18th of the season to make it a 5-2 final. Corey Crawford stopped 27 shots to pick up his 25th win of the season.
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Their opponent on Friday night will the lowly Edmonton Oilers who currently find themselves with the second worst record in the NHL. Edmonton has just eight road victories on the season and they’re 3-6-1 in their last 10 games overall. The Oilers just can’t do anything well consistently and even when they have a solid performance that results in a victory it never seems to be followed up with another win. After a surprising win over the Minnesota Wild last week the Oilers actually followed it up nicely by their standards and almost came away with a win in a one goal loss to the St. Louis Blues. Tuesday they hosted the Los Angeles Kings and things were over fairly quickly. Los Angeles scored twice in the opening period and got a shorthanded goal just 2:18 into the second to take a 3-0 lead. Luke Gazdic scored his second of the year to get Edmonton on the board by the Kings added two more goals before Teddy Purcell finished the scoring with his ninth of the season on the power play. Ben Scrivens took the loss after allowing five goals on 29 shots. This is just a really bad hockey club right now in Edmonton and against quality competition they have little chance on most nights. Putting together a performance that will get them a win in Chicago is going to take a lot for this team.
Chicago is a huge favorite in this one and they might not even be worth the risk on the puck line in this one. The Blackhawks are the only way to go here but this is a really heavy price to pay.