Montreal Canadiens vs Edmonton Oilers NHL Picks, Odds, Predictions 3/22/21

Montreal Canadiens vs Edmonton Oilers NHL Picks, Odds, Predictions 3/22/21 Photo by Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports

Edmonton Oilers (21-13) at Montreal Canadiens (14-8-9)

NHL Hockey: Monday, March 22, 2021 at 7:00 pm (Bell Centre)

The Line: Montreal Canadiens -120 / Edmonton Oilers +109 --- Over/Under: 6.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds

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The Edmonton Oilers and Montreal Canadiens meet Monday in NHL action at the Bell Centre.

The Edmonton Oilers look to stay hot after winning seven of their last nine games. The Edmonton Oilers are averaging 3.4 goals per game and are scoring on 27.8 percent of their power play opportunities. Connor McDavid leads Edmonton with 21 goals, Leon Draisaitl has 32 assists and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins has 100 shots on goal. Defensively, the Edmonton Oilers are allowing 2.9 goals per game and are killing 76.3 percent of their opponents power plays. Mikko Koskinen has allowed 55 goals on 568 shots faced and Mike Smith has allowed 35 goals on 446 shots.

The Montreal Canadiens need a win after losing five of their last eight games. The Montreal Canadiens are averaging 3.2 goals per game and are scoring on 23.8 percent of their power play opportunities. Tyler Toffoli leads Montreal with 18 goals, Jonathan Douin has 19 assists and Brendan Gallagher has 96 shots on goal. Defensively, the Montreal Canadiens are allowing 2.7 goals per game and are killing 76.4 percent of their opponents power plays. Carey Price has given up 51 goals on 567 shots faced and Jake Allen has given up 26 goals on 324 shots.

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The Oilers are 7-2 in their last 9 road games and 7-2 in their last 9 overall. The Canadiens are 5-11 in their last 16 games as a favorite and 5-11 in their last 16 overall. The over is 6-1-1 in Oilers last 8 games as an underdog. The under is 11-3-1 in Canadiens last 15 Monday games. The Oilers are 8-2 in the last 10 meetings in Montreal and 11-5 in the last 16 meetings. The road team is 4-0 in the last 4 meetings.

As I've said many times over the past two weeks, I don't understand why the Montreal Canadiens continue to find themselves in the favorite role, especially against teams playing better hockey. The Edmonton Oilers have been the better team for much of this season, and it doesn't hurt that they've had the upper hand over the Habs in past meetings. The Canadiens aren't playing well enough to back in the favorite role and they're actually the fourth least profitable team in the league right now. Give me the Oilers and the plus money.

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Randy’s Pick Edmonton Oilers +109

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a Sports Chat Place site consensus.

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