NHL Picks: Back Oilers -140 to Keep Their Momentum Going Against Flames

David Lawrence

Saturday, October 31, 2015 8:34 PM GMT

The Edmonton Oilers are coming off their most impressive win in a very long time. Can they stay hot against the NHL odds facing the rival Calgary Flames in the latest installment of the Battle of Alberta?

Momentum
After falling behind 3-0 to the 9-1-0 Montreal Canadiens, it would have been very easy for the Oilers to pack it in and settle for a fourth straight loss. Instead, Edmonton rallied back with four unanswered goals for the 4-3 comeback win in regulation. The Oilers should have a ton of confidence as they continue their four-game home stand against the Flames on Saturday night and they could catch them at the perfect time.

Calgary returned to Alberta following a three-game east coast road trip for a date with Montreal and ended up getting smoked. Now less than 24 hours after that contest they will have to be in Edmonton for another tough contest. The Flames have lost eight of their previous nine games heading in to Friday night’s action and they will face an uphill climb to turn things around on short rest.

 

Projected Starting Goalies
Making matters worse for Calgary is the fact that Jonas Hiller will miss at least a week with a lower-body injury. Joni Ortio got the nod on Friday against the Canadiens but there has been no definitive word on whether or not he will start on back-to-back nights.

Meanwhile, Edmonton has to feel confident in the play of its goaltender Cam Talbot, who has looked pretty good despite a 3-5-0 record with a 2.63 GAA and .904 save percentage. Talbot has made some big saves to help keep the Oilers in the majority of their games and he should be back between the pipes on Saturday night.

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Outlook
The Oilers should get a major spark after coming back from down three goals to hand Montreal just its second loss of the season. Considering how the top line is playing right now, they could go on a run. Connor McDavid has five goals and seven assists while his line mate Nail Yakupov is up to 10 points in 11 games. Edmonton has enough scoring power to be a threat in the Western Conference but they will need to play better defensively in front of Talbot in order to take that next step.

Meanwhile, Calgary is in an absolutely brutal position after dropping three straight on the road and then returning home to face Montreal without its starting goaltender. The Flames have had issues at all three levels early on this year and it’s hard to trust them with your NHL picks. They have gotten a lot of heat for not looking like a team that has the same desperation and urgency they showed last year. Calgary could very well come out firing in this contest but after all of its travels it’s hard to imagine them outhustling Edmonton in their second game in as many nights. The more likely scenario has the Oilers top line staying hot and Talbot once again standing tall in net as the Oilers keep the momentum going with another big win at home over their Alberta rival. Take them even though they’re laying a medium-sized number on the NHL odds.

NHL Pick: Edmonton -140 at BetOnline

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