Chicago Blackhawks vs. Edmonton Oilers - 12/17/15 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Edmonton Oilers (14-16-2) at Chicago Blackhawks (17-11-4)
NHL Hockey: Thursday, December 17, 2015 at 8:30 pm (United Center)
The Line: Chicago Blackhawks -195 / Edmonton Oilers +175 --- Over/Under: 5 See the Latest Odds
The Edmonton Oilers and Chicago Blackhawks square off Thursday night at the United Center.
The Edmonton Oilers look to keep the puck rolling after winning seven of their last 10 games. The Edmonton Oilers are averaging 2.7 goals per game and are scoring on 18.3 percent of their power plays. Taylor Hall leads Edmonton with 15 goals, Leon Draisaitl has 18 assists and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins has 59 shots on goal. Defensively, the Edmonton Oilers are allowing three goals per game and are killing 80.8 percent of their power play chances. Anders Nilsson has allowed 50 goals on 583 shots faced and Cam Talbot has given up 41 goals on 399 shots. Nilsson has allowed 11 goals in his last three games. Rob Klinkhammer is questionable with an ankle injury.
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The Chicago Blackhawks look for a strong victory after splitting their last 10 games. The Chicago Blackhawks are averaging 2.7 goals per game and are scoring on 22.3 percent of their power plays. Patrick Kane leads Chicago with 19 goals, Artemi Panarin has 20 assists and Artem Anisimov has 46 shots on goal. Defensively, the Chicago Blackhawks are allowing 2.4 goals per game and are killing 82.4 percent of their power play chances. Corey Crawford has allowed 54 goals on 712 shots faced and Scott Darling has given up 21 goals on 228 shots. Crawford has allowed two goals in his last three games.
The Oilers are 12-39 in their last 51 road games and 32-67 in their last 99 overall. The Blackhawks are 107-47 in their last 154 home games and 10-3 in their last 13 vs. Pacific. The Oilers are 0-4 in the last 4 meetings in Chicago and 1-8 in the last 9 meetings overall.
The Blackhawks have owned the Oilers over the years and continue to be one of the tougher teams in the league to beat at home. Even with the chalk being a little steep, Chicago should be the pick here.