Edmonton Oilers vs. Calgary Flames: NHL Odds, Prediction

Jeremy Perry | Updated Mar 31, 2018

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Connor McDavid now has seven goals and seven assists during a six-game scoring streak and he leads the NHL with 41 goals and 62 assists for 103 points.

Edmonton
36-40-5-1
AT
March 31, 2018, 10:00 PM ET
Scotiabank Saddledome
Calgary
37-35-5-5
Puckline +1.5 -265
Moneyline +100
Over / Under o +5.5

80%

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Puckline -1.5 +210
Moneyline -120
Over / Under u +5.5

80%

Betting Action

20%

On Saturday night, we’ll see the final Battle of Alberta this season. While the Calgary Flames and Edmonton Oilers had appeared to be two teams on the rise in the Western Conference entering the season, both will not be participating in the playoffs. Worse yet, both teams enter Saturday on long losing streaks, so only pride is on the line.

Oilers vs Flames Betting Analysis

The Oilers have won eight of their last 10 meetings with the Flames, including three of four this season. Half of the games have gone over the posted total, which has been 5.5 goals for eight of the games. However, two of the four games this season have had a posted total of six goals even.

Edmonton Oilers

The Oilers are 34-38-6 after a 2-1 loss in Vancouver on Thursday for their third loss in a row. Connor McDavid continued his torrid scoring streak with another goal, while Cam Talbot made 28 saves for the Oilers. Beyond McDavid, the rest of the team has really been a letdown this season, and the 21-year-old superstar can’t do it all on his own. Outside of Leon Draisaitl, no one else really scores and the defense continues to be atrocious.

They had a brief spell where they won seven of 10 but they’ve since reverted to their losing ways, coughing up 14 goals in their three losses while scoring just four in their last two games. They played Anaheim close in a 5-4 loss but then got blown out at home but the Columbus Blue Jackets and then completely flopped against the hapless Vancouver Canucks. They’re probably the better of the two teams right now but the Oilers have been hard to trust all season.

Calgary Flames

The Flames are 35-33-10 following a 5-1 loss to Columbus at home on Thursday, with the only goal coming from Chris Stewart with 22 seconds remaining in the game. Jon Gilles stopped 23 shots for the Flames, who have now lost seven games in a row and have completely packed it in. It isn’t just that they’re losing games, it’s how. They’re getting routed. The Flames have lost by scores of 7-4, 4-0, 5-2, 4-0, 5-1, 3-0 and now, 5-1 in a game at home in which they showed little effort and that is the most disappointing aspect of this losing streak. They’ve given up at least three goals in seven straight while scoring a total of eight goals in that span.

The Flames didn’t have the expectations that their Alberta rivals to the north had coming into the season, but they likely expected to make the playoffs and since that ended, they have rolled over. If the Flames give an effort like this on Saturday night against their biggest rivals, they’re going to hear about it from their fans – especially since the Oilers have dominated the Flames over the last couple of seasons.

Oilers vs. Flames Prediction

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