Edmonton Oilers vs. Chicago Blackhawks Prediction, NHL Odds

Jeremy Perry | Updated Mar 04, 2020

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The Blackhawks have been a bad team this season but the Western Conference has been weak overall. That’s opened the door for them to get back into the playoff race.

Edmonton
37-25-7-2
AT
March 05, 2020, 8:30 PM ET
United Center
Chicago
32-30-4-4
Puckline +1.5 -260
Moneyline -120
Over / Under o +6.5

88%

Betting Action

87%

Puckline -1.5 +216
Moneyline +100
Over / Under u +6.5

88%

Betting Action

87%

The Chicago Blackhawks find themselves in dead-last in the Central Division but believe it or not, they are in the playoff race. That’s because the No. 2 Wild Card seed (and the team that’s holding the last playoff spot in the Western Conference) is just six points ahead of them. The Blackhawks will try to close the gap on the Winnipeg Jets on Thursday when they host the Edmonton Oilers. Although the Blackhawks have mostly been a bad team this season, they’ve actually won three straight and have a little bit of momentum going into this contest.

Oilers vs. Blackhawks Betting Analysis

The Oilers are 36-31 on the year and have been a profitable team, producing 7.3 units on the season. They’re 15-10 in their last 25 but are just 14-19 on the year when facing a team with a losing record.

As for the Blackhawks, they are 30-36 on the season but are just 11-16 when at home with a total of six or more. They are just 14-23 on the year when facing a team with a winning record.

It’s worth noting that each of the last four meetings between the teams in Chicago have all gone under.

Edmonton Oilers

Like the Blackhawks, the Oilers are also riding a three-game winning streak heading into Thursday’s affair. Like the Blackhawks, the Oilers were also in a slump before then (lost four of five).

The key to the Oilers recent success (or failure) has mostly come down to who is in net. Edmonton is just 7-10 in the last 17 games where Mikko Koskinen has played; they are 12-3 in the last 15 games with Mike Smith between the pipes. Smith had struggled earlier in the season but he’s been rock-solid since the All-Star break. He’s won seven of his 11 starts but three of the losses have come in overtime, so even in the defeats, he’s kept the Oilers close. He’s posted a .913 save percentage in that timeframe, which is passable. He’s played well against Chicago of late, allowing a total of nine goals against them in his last four meetings with them.

Chicago Blackhawks

The Blackhawks have been a bad team this season but the Western Conference has been weak overall. That’s opened the door for them to get back into the playoff race. Few expected them to even be in the conversation as they had been riding a stretch where they dropped nine of 11. However, a three-game winning streak has turned the tide and they’re now back in the picture.

The key to their recent success has been the play of goaltender Corey Crawford. The Blackhawks give up the most shots per game (35.6), so their success or failure is going to come down to their save percentages. Crawford posted a healthy .927 save percentage in February and is giving this team a chance to win. He’s allowed a total of six goals in his last three games; the team had allowed 3.9 goals per game in their previous nine contests.

If he continues to play like that, he’ll keep giving the Blackhawks a chance to win and make a late playoff push.

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