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Edmonton Oilers vs. Montreal Canadiens - 12/23/17 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Montreal Canadiens (16-15-4) at Edmonton Oilers (16-17-2)

NHL Hockey: Saturday, December 23, 2017 at 7:00 pm (Rogers Place)

The Line: Edmonton Oilers / Montreal Canadiens --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

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The Montreal Canadiens and Edmonton Oilers meet Saturday in NHL action at the Rogers Place.

The Montreal Canadiens look for another victory after splitting their last eight games. The Montreal Canadiens are averaging 2.7 goals per game and are scoring on 18.5 percent of their power play opportunities. Brendan Gallagher leads Montreal with 13 goals, Phillip Danault has 14 assists and Max Pacioretty has 137 shots on goal. Defensively, the Montreal Canadiens are allowing 3.1 goals per game and are killing 77.7 percent of their opponents power plays. Carey Price has given up 64 goals on 662 shots faced and Charlie Lindgren has allowed 19 goals on 250 shots. The Montreal Canadiens have allowed three or more goals in five of their last seven games.

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Edmonton Oilers vs. Montreal Canadiens - 12/23/17 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Edmonton Oilers look for another big victory after winning eight of their last 12 games. The Edmonton Oilers are averaging three goals per game and are scoring on 16.8 percent of their power play opportunities. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins leads Edmonton with 14 goals, Connor McDavid has 28 assists and Leon Draisaitl has 73 shots on goal. Defensively, the Edmonton Oilers are allowing 3.2 goals per game and are killing 73 percent of their opponents power plays. Cam Talbot has given up 66 goals on 681 shots faced and Laurent Brossoit has allowed 38 goals on 334 shots. The Edmonton Oilers have allowed three or less goals in eight of their last 12 games.

The Canadiens are 1-7 in their last 8 vs. Western Conference and 2-7 in their last 9 vs. Pacific. The Oilers are 40-83 in their last 123 Saturday games, 4-1 in their last 5 games playing on 1 days rest and 4-1 in their last 5 overall. The Canadiens are 4-10 in the last 14 meetings in Edmonton, 2-6 in the last 8 meetings and the road team is 8-3 in the last 11 meetings.

The Edmonton Oilers have been the more consistent team the last couple of weeks and are catching the Montreal Canadiens on the end of a back to back after playing late Friday. Edmonton has also won six of the last eight meetings against Montreal, which includes a 6-2 victory about a week ago. Give me the Oilers on their home ice.

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