Edmonton Oilers (5-3-1) at Chicago Blackhawks (6-3-2)
|Date & Time||Sunday October 28, 2018, 6:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Chicago Blackhawks -136 / Edmonton Oilers +104 --- Over/Under:
The Edmonton Oilers and Chicago Blackhawks meet Sunday in NHL action at the United Center.
The Edmonton Oilers look to keep the puck rolling after winning five of their last seven games. The Edmonton Oilers are averaging 2.8 goals per game and are scoring on 29.6 percent of their power play opportunities. Connor McDavid leads Edmonton with six goals, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins has eight assists and Leon Draisaitl has 12 shots on goal. Defensively, the Edmonton Oilers are allowing 3.3 goals per game and are killing 77.3 percent of their opponents power plays. Cam Talbot has given up 23 goals on 233 shots faced. The Edmonton Oilers have allowed three or less goals in five of their last seven games.
The Chicago Blackhawks look for a spark of consistency here after splitting their last eight games. The Chicago Blackhawks are averaging 3.7 goals per game and are scoring on 11.4 percent of their power play opportunities. Patrick Kane leads Chicago with nine goals, Alex DeBrincat has six assists and Jonathan Toews has 32 shots on goal. Defensively, the Chicago Blackhawks are allowing 3.4 goals per game and are killing 76.7 percent of their opponents power plays. Corey Crawford has given up six goals on 112 shots faced and Cam Ward has allowed 26 goals on 227 shots. The Chicago Blackhawks have allowed three or more goals in eight of their first 11 games.
The Oilers are 2-5 in their last 7 road games, 26-70 in their last 96 games playing on 0 days rest and 2-5 in their last 7 Sunday games. The Blackhawks are 63-31 in their last 94 Sunday games, 19-43 in their last 62 vs. Western Conference and 5-16 in their last 21 games playing on 0 days rest. The Oilers are 2-6 in the last 8 meetings in Chicago, 4-12 in the last 16 meetings and the road team is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings.
The Chicago Blackhawks have owned the Edmonton Oilers over the years, but these clearly aren't the same Blackhawks of years past, as they're getting lit up defensively and have had no success playing on the end of a back to back dating back to last year. The Edmonton Oilers have had their struggles as well obviously, but they're playing consistent hockey as of late and have been sharp on the defensive side. I'm not laying juice with the Blackhawks until they figure things out. The Oilers and plus money seems like a wise value play.