Game 2 Blackhawks vs. Oilers Prediction: Stanley Cup Qualifier Odds

Isaac Eliape | Sun. Aug 02 2020, 12:08 pm

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Veteran experience won out in Game 1 between the Oilers and Blackhawks. Game 2 is set for Monday at 10:30 p.m. ET.

Chicago
32-30-4-4
AT
August 03, 2020, 10:30 PM ET
Rogers Place
Edmonton
37-25-7-2
Puckline +1.5 -180
Moneyline +130
Over / Under o +6

27%

Betting Action

73%

Puckline -1.5 +150
Moneyline -200
Over / Under u +6

27%

Betting Action

73%

The first game of the Edmonton Oilers and Chicago Blackhawks Qualifying Round series was an eye-opener for the Oilers on Saturday afternoon. The Blackhawks showed how they won three Stanley Cups in the past decade, by dominating the Oilers at even-strength and coming out with a 6-4 victory. The Oilers will try to readjust for Game 2 as the ‘Hawks will look to take a commanding stranglehold on the series.

Blackhawks vs. Oilers Betting Analysis

The Oilers were the consensus favourite on Saturday, but looked like a team that overlooked the Blackhawks. Chicago has now won three of four meetings against Edmonton this season and in a short five game series, the Oilers will need to figure out this veteran ‘Hawks team immediately. Edmonton is still the favourite for Game 2 at -135 on the NHL Odds board with a total of 6.5.

Chicago Blackhawks

A balance of veteran experience and youth skill led the Blackhawks. Captain Jonathan Toews finished with two goals and an assist while Calder finalist Dominik Kubalik set a single playoff game rookie scoring record for Chicago, with two goals and three assists in his playoff debut.

The Blackhawks snuck into the playoffs as the 23rd of 24 teams, but an off-season worth of rest seems to have made them a different team. The emergence of rookies like Kubalik and Kirby Dach, coupled with the experience of veterans like Toews and Patrick Kane have made this a much more dominating ‘Hawks team than the one we last saw in March.

Edmonton Oilers

Things started out great for the Oilers when their league-leading power play put them up 1-0 on a McDavid goal 2:34 into the game.  That was where the dominance ended as they immediately gave up four goals to trail 4-1 at the end of the period.

If there is a positive for the Oilers, it’s their big stars showing up.  Connor McDavid, Leon Draisaitl and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins all had a goal and two assists, while the power play put up three goals.  The struggles outweighed the positives though as the Oilers were a different team 5-on-5, letting Chicago dictate the play by standing around and turning the puck over.  They will also have to fix their goaltending problems after Mike Smith was pulled in the second period after allowing five goals on 23 shots.

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