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Flames vs. Oilers - 12/31/14 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Edmonton Oilers (8-22-7) at Calgary Flames (20-15-3)
Date & Time Wednesday December 31, 2014, 9:30 PM (EST)
The Line
The Line: Calgary Flames -211 / Edmonton Oilers +189 --- Over/Under: 5.5
TV Channel
SPNET
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NHL | Edmonton Oilers (8-22-7) at Calgary Flames (20-15-3)
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The Edmonton Oilers and Calgary Flames play Wednesday night at the Scotiabank Saddledome.

The Edmonton Oilers snapped their nine-game losing streak with a win Tuesday over the Kings and hope to build on that here. The Oilers are averaging 2.1 goals per game and have scored five goals in their last two games. The Edmonton Oilers have one power play goal in their last seven games and have lost five of their last six games when scoring at least three goals. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins leads Edmonton with 11 goals, Jordan Eberle has 14 assists and Taylor Hall has 98 shots on goal. Defensively, the Oilers are allowing 3.4 goals per game and have allowed a power play goal in six of their last 10 games. Viktor Fasth has allowed 31 goals on 345 shots faced and Ben Scrivens has given up 79 goals on 754 shots.

The Calgary Flames hope to hang around in the Pacific after winning three straight games. The Flames are averaging 2.8 goals per game and have scored 10 goals in their last three games. The Calgary Flames have one power play goal in their last five games and have won six of their last seven games when scoring at least three goals. Jiri Hudler leads Calgary with 13 goals, Mark Giordano has 25 assists and Sean Monahan has 98 shots on goal. Defensively, the Flames are allowing 2.6 goals per game and have allowed a power play goal in five of their last 10 games. Jonas Hiller has allowed 55 goals on 676 shots faced and Karri Ramo has given up 38 goals on 393 shots.

The Oilers are 13-38 in their last 51 road games and 14-46 in their last 60 games playing on 0 days rest. The Flames are 9-4 in their last 13 home games and 13-6 in their last 19 vs. Western Conference. The Oilers are 4-12 in the last 16 meetings in Calgary and 21-44-1 in the last 66 meetings overall.

No value on picking the winner here, so I'm siding with the under. Neither team is all that great offensively and the Oilers should have tired legs after playing yesterday. Expect a low scoring game here. 

Pick:
Under 5.5

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