Chicago Blackhawks (6-4-3) at Edmonton Oilers (6-4-1)
|Date & Time||Thursday November 1, 2018, 9:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Edmonton Oilers -135 / Chicago Blackhawks +110 --- Over/Under: 5.5
The Chicago Blackhawks and Edmonton Oilers meet Thursday in NHL action at the Rogers Place.
The Chicago Blackhawks could use a victory here that would snap a three-game losing streak. The Chicago Blackhawks are averaging 3.4 goals per game and are scoring on 12.2 percent of their power play opportunities. Patrick Kane leads Chicago with 11 goals, Alex DeBrincat has six assists and Jonathan Toews has 38 shots on goal. Defensively, the Chicago Blackhawks are allowing 3.6 goals per game and are killing 75.7 percent of their opponents power plays. Corey Crawford has given up 12 goals on 148 shots faced and Cam Ward has allowed 28 goals on 252 shots. The Chicago Blackhawks have allowed three or more goals in nine of their first 13 games.
The Edmonton Oilers look for a statement home victory after splitting their last six games. The Edmonton Oilers are averaging 2.9 goals per game and are scoring on 22 percent of their power play opportunities. Connor McDavid leads Edmonton with nine goals, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins has 10 assists and Leon Draisaitl has 24 shots on goal. Defensively, the Edmonton Oilers are allowing 3.1 goals per game and are killing 69.4 percent of their opponents power plays. Cam Talbot has given up 28 goals on 293 shots faced and Mikko Koskinen has allowed three goals on 27 shots. The Edmonton Oilers have allowed three or less goals in six of their last nine games.
The Blackhawks are 6-15 in their last 21 road games, 8-23 in their last 31 vs. Pacific and 5-17 in their last 22 games playing on 0 days rest. The Oilers are 5-2 in their last 7 games playing on 1 days rest, 5-2 in their last 7 Thursday games and 5-2 in their last 7 vs. Western Conference. The Blackhawks are 12-4 in the last 16 meetings in Edmonton, 12-5 in the last 17 meetings and the road team is 5-1 in the last 6 meetings.
The Chicago Blackhawks have had their way with the Edmonton Oilers over the years, but these are the same Blackhawks over the years, as the defense has dropped off, and they're on the end of a back to back tonight. The Edmonton Oilers have played some decent hockey as of late and are giving themselves chanches to win on the defensive side. Backing the Blackhawks in their current form isn't the best idea, and it doesn't help with the lack of rest. I'll eat the cheap price with the Oilers on their home ice.