Blackhawks Mired in Seven-Game Slide
The Chicago Blackhawks have dropped seven games in a row and picked up just one point in those contests as they have been outscored 35-14. Chicago led in only one of those contests. Edmonton is just 3-3 during that same stretch and goals have been hard to come by with 15 in those six games. Facing a team that is allowing 5.2 goals per game during the streak might be just what Edmonton needs to get going.
Four of Chicago’s six wins have come at home. However, Edmonton is 6-4-0 on the road thanks in large part to Connor McDavid having seven goals and 10 assists in away games. Six of Edmonton’s last 12 games have been decided by one goal with two others headed that way before empty-net goals late in the game.
Oilers Coming Off Two Improbable Wins
The last time the Edmonton Oilers stepped on the ice, it looked like an inconsistent early portion of the season was going to result in another disappointing loss.
However, defenseman Evan Bouchard scored with five seconds left in the third period and Leon Draisaitl tallied the winning goal just 22 seconds into overtime in a 4-3 win over visiting Florida. That win followed a four-goal third period that lifted Edmonton past the New York Rangers.
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Those are the type of wins that can turn a season around and get a team headed in the right direction. Of course, those among the glass half-empty crowd could also point out that Edmonton could have done without a three-goal deficit against New York going into the third period or giving up a power-play goal with less than five minutes remaining against Florida.
Edmonton has allowed the first goal in each of the last four games and that is something that will need to change for the Oilers to move up in the Pacific Division standings.
The Las Vegas odds total went over in four of Edmonton”s last five games.
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Tough Times in Chicago
It probably shouldn’t be a surprise that Chicago has scored the fewest goals in the NHL.
Among the top eight point producers on last season’s Blackhawks team, top goal scorer Alex DeBrincat is now with Ottawa, Dylan Strome is a member of the Washington Capitals, Brandon Hagel was dealt to Tampa Bay at the trading deadline, Dominik Kubalik moved onto Detroit and Kirby Dach was traded to Montreal.
They have combined for 31 goals and 60 assists. Chicago’s top five scorers have 23 goals and 40 assists.
A key to Chicago’s run to multiple Stanley Cups was getting Patrick Kane with the top pick in the 2007 draft and Jonathan Toews third overall in 2006. It is only natural to wonder if the moves are an attempt to land Connor Bedard with the top pick in the upcoming draft.
The NHL betting odds total has gone over in five of the last six games for the Blackhawks.
Oilers vs Blackhawks Game Injuries
Oilers vs Blackhawks Head-to-Head
Chicago has won eight of the last 12 meetings with Edmonton. However, the Oilers won this season’s first game 6-5 in a matchup with 17 power-play opportunities and five goals with the man advantage. McDavid had three goals and an assist with two of his goals coming on the power play.
It was the fifth consecutive time that a game in the series played in Chicago was decided by one goal.
Eight of the last 11 games between Edmonton and Chicago went over the total.
Oilers vs Blackhawks Game Information
- Game: Edmonton (12-10-0) vs Blackhawks (6-11-2)
- Location: United Center, Chicago
- Day/Time: Wednesday, Nov. 30, 9:30 p.m. ET
- Oilers vs Blackhawks Live Stream: NHL.TV
Oilers vs Blackhawks Betting Lines
Oilers vs Blackhawks Picks & Prediction
It seems hard to believe that just two years ago, Edmonton and Chicago met in the playoffs. The Oilers could be headed to the postseason again. However, the Blackhawks will be in contention for the worst record in the NHL.
Eight of the last 10 games between the teams had at least seven goals and this could be another high-scoring affair, even if both teams have been struggling to light the lamp this month.
Edmonton will be without winger Evander Kane until early March at the earliest. Fellow forwards Kailer Yamamoto and Ryan McLeod are also out while Warren Foegele is questionable.
Forwards Tyler Johnson and Sam Lafferty could be nearing a return for Chicago.
The Edmonton Oilers are listed at -230 in our Vegas NHL lines. This means that if you wager $100 on the Oilers, you have a chance to win $43. The Chicago Blackhawks are +190, offering a chance to win $190 on a $100 wager.
The implied probability attached to the betting lines gives Edmonton a 69.70% chance to win, with Chicago at 34.48%.