Chicago Blackhawks (33-30-8) at Edmonton Oilers (37-26-9)
NHL Hockey: Monday, August 3, 2020 at 10:30 pm (Rogers Place)
The Line: Edmonton Oilers -160 / Chicago Blackhawks +135 --- Over/Under: 6.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Chicago Blackhawks and Edmonton Oilers meet Monday in game two of the NHL West Qualifying action at the Rogers Place.
The Chicago Blackhawks look for another victory to take a commanding 2-0 series lead. The Chicago Blackhawks are averaging six goals per game and are scoring on 50 percent of their power play opportunities. Dominik Kubalik leads Chicago with two goals, Duncan Keith has two assists and Patrick Kane has seven shots on goal. Defensively, the Chicago Blackhawks are allowing four goals per game and are killing 25 percent of their opponents power plays. Corey Crawford has given up four goals on 29 shots faced.
The Edmonton Oilers need a win here to even up the series heading into game three on Wednesday. The Edmonton Oilers are averaging four goals per game and are scoring on 75 percent of their power play opportunities. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins leads Edmonton with one goal, Leon Draisaitl has two assists and Kris Russell has four shots on goal. Defensively, the Edmonton Oilers are allowing six goals per game and are killing 50 percent of their opponents power plays. Mike Smith has given up five goals on 23 shots faced and Mikko Koskinen has allowed one goal on 19 shots.
The Blackhawks are 7-19 in their last 26 Monday games, 9-24 in their last 33 games playing on 1 days rest and 4-1 in their last 5 games as an underdog. The Oilers are 7-3 in their last 10 vs. Central, 1-4 in their last 5 games as a favorite and 0-4 in their last 4 vs. Western Conference. The over is 10-4-1 in Oilers last 15 games as a favorite. The Blackhawks are 14-6 in the last 20 meetings in Edmonton. The favorite is 5-2 in the last 7 meetings.
The Chicago Blackhawks looked way too comfortable in game one of this series where they scored six goals and had 42 shots on goal. The Blackhawks have now won four of the last five meetings against the Oilers. I mentioned in the previous article that the Blackhawks have been kind to us this season in underdog spots and while they're not always the most consistent team, they find ways to win when many count them out. With the way they looked in game on and with their playoff experience, I'll back the Blackhawks and the plus money again.