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Edmonton Oilers vs. Chicago Blackhawks - 12/29/17 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Chicago Blackhawks (17-14-5) at Edmonton Oilers (17-18-2)

NHL Hockey: Friday, December 29, 2017 at 9:00 pm (Rogers Place)

The Line: Edmonton Oilers / Chicago Blackhawks --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: CSNC, SNO

The Chicago Blackhawks and Edmonton Oilers meet Friday in NHL action at the Rogers Place.

The Chicago Blackhawks need a victory here to snap a three-game losing streak. The Chicago Blackhawks are averaging 2.9 goals per game and are scoring on 13.9 percent of their power play opportunities. Artem Anisimov leads Chicago with 15 goals, Patrick Kane has 20 assists and Jonathan Toews has 96 shots on goal. Defensively, the Chicago Blackhawks are allowing 2.7 goals per game and are killing 82.3 percent of their opponents power plays. Corey Crawford has given up 60 goals on 842 shots faced and Anton Forsberg has allowed 25 goals on 276 shots. The Chicago Blackhawks have allowed a combined 13 goals in their last three games.

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Edmonton Oilers vs. Chicago Blackhawks - 12/29/17 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Edmonton Oilers look for another victory after winning five of their last seven 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 29 assists and Leon Draisaitl has 79 shots on goal. Defensively, the Edmonton Oilers are allowing 3.1 goals per game and are killing 72.8 percent of their opponents power plays. Cam Talbot has given up 69 goals on 747 shots faced and Laurent Brossoit has allowed 38 goals on 334 shots. The Edmonton Oilers have allowed three or less goals in seven of their last nine games.

The Blackhawks are 0-6 in their last 6 games playing on 0 days rest, 1-5 in their last 6 road games and 5-2 in their last 7 Friday games. The Oilers are 3-10 in their last 13 Friday games, 4-9 in their last 13 vs. a team with a losing record and 5-1 in their last 6 games playing on 1 days rest. The Blackhawks are 11-4 in the last 15 meetings in Edmonton, 10-4 in the last 14 meetings and the under is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings.

The Chicago Blackhawks have had the upperhand over the Oilers in past meetings, but they've had no success playing on the end of a back to back, have been getting killed defensively as of late and aren't winning on the road. The Edmonton Oilers are playing great hockey at the moment and have improved defensively during this winning stretch. I'll take a shot with the Oilers on their home ice.

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