Chicago Blackhawks vs. Edmonton Oilers - 1/7/18 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Edmonton Oilers (18-21-3) at Chicago Blackhawks (19-15-6)
NHL Hockey: Sunday, January 7, 2018 at 3:00 pm (United Center)
The Line: Chicago Blackhawks / Edmonton Oilers --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: RSNW, WGN, TVA
The Edmonton Oilers and Chicago Blackhawks meet Sunday in NHL action at the United Center.
The Edmonton Oilers could use a win here after losing five of their last six games. The Edmonton Oilers are averaging 2.8 goals per game and are scoring on 15.8 percent of their power play opportunities. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins leads Edmonton with 15 goals, Connor McDavid has 32 assists and Leon Draisaitl has 94 shots on goal. Defensively, the Edmonton Oilers are allowing 3.2 goals per game and are killing 70.5 percent of their opponents power plays. Cam Talbot has given up 88 goals on 927 shots faced and Laurent Brossoit has allowed 38 goals on 334 shots. The Edmonton Oilers have allowed four or more goals in five of their last six games.
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The Chicago Blackhawks also need a win after losing five of their last seven games. The Chicago Blackhawks are averaging three goals per game and are scoring on 14.7 percent of their power play opportunities. Patrick Kane leads Chicago with 17 goals, Duncan Keith has 20 assists and Jonathan Toews has 113 shots on goal. Defensively, the Chicago Blackhawks are allowing 2.8 goals per game and are killing 81.3 percent of their opponents power plays. Corey Crawford has given up 60 goals on 842 shots faced and Anton Forsberg has allowed 30 goals on 307 shots. The Chicago Blackhawks have allowed three or more goals in six of their last seven games.
The Oilers are 5-2 in their last 7 road games, 1-4 in their last 5 Sunday games and 23-65 in their last 88 games playing on 0 days rest. The Blackhawks are 4-1 in their last 5 home games, 61-26 in their last 87 Sunday games and 2-5 in their last 7 overall. The Oilers are 2-5 in the last 7 meetings in Chicago, 4-11 in the last 15 meetings and the road team is 4-0 in the last 4 meetings.
The Edmonton Oilers have been able to win on the road recently despite having a hard time stringing together wins overall, while the Chicago Blackhawks are experiencing a bad stretch where the defense has been letting them down left and right. With that said, I'm not ready to bail on the Blackhawks just yet, as it's just a matter of time before they snap out of this funk, and they've beat up Edmonton over the years. I'm going to back Chicago on their home ice.