NHL Picks for Oilers vs. Blackhawks

Ross Benjamin

Sunday, January 12, 2014 4:13 PM GMT

The Blackhawks host the Oilers on Sunday at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois with the opening puck drop slated for 7:05 PM ET.

According to NHL betting odds Chicago is a -270 money line home favorite and the posted total is 5.5. These two clubs have seen 7 of their last 9 meetings go over the total. Chicago has gone 4-1 in their last 5 versus Edmonton.

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Something to Build On

It’s no secret among avid NHL observers that the Edmonton Oilers have been one of the most disappointing teams in all the NHL this season. They enter today dead last in the Western Conference Standings, and 29th overall in the NHL only ahead of the Buffalo Sabres. However, they come off a character building 4-3 overtime win at home versus the top team from the Eastern Conference in the Pittsburgh Penguins on Friday evening. The Oilers trailed 2-0 entering the 3rd period, scored 3-goals in the final stanza, and had to overcome the fact that Pittsburgh tied the game with just 0:24 to play in the 3rd period. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins scored the game winner 1:01 into the overtime period to culminate one of the most exciting wins of the season for the Oilers, and one they can hopefully build on. This will be the first of a 4-game in 7-day road trip for Edmonton.

Inside the Oilers Number

  • The Oilers are a dismal 45-110 versus the money line in their last 155 road games.
  • The Oilers are 13-51 in their last 64 road games versus an opponent with a home money line win percentage of better than .600.
  • The Oilers have gone over the total in their last 7, and 10 of their last 11-games.
  • The Oilers are 7-22 the last 3 seasons versus the money line after scoring 4-goals or more in their previous game.
  • The Oilers are 1-10 versus the money line the last 3 seasons following a win in overtime in their previous game.

Piling up the Points

Chicago comes off a disheartening 2-1 overtime loss at Montreal last night. Despite the loss, the Hawks have earned at least 1-point 11 of the last 12, and 15 of their last 17-games. They currently lead the Central Division by 1-point over the 2nd place St. Louis Blues, and are 2nd overall in the Western Conference 5-points behind the Anaheim Ducks. A slight concern for the Hawks is their recent scoring drought. They’ve scored 2-goals or less in 5 of their last 6-games. Despite their recent funk they’re still 2nd in the NHL averaging 3.5 goals per game, and 2nd in the league averaging 32.9 shots on goal per contest. Tonight will be the first in a 4-game in 8-day home stand for Chicago.

Inside the Hawks Numbers

  • The Hawks are 42-16 versus the money line in their last 58 home games.
  • The Hawks are 44-14 in their last 58-games versus the money line versus an opponent with a less than .400 winning percentage.
  • The Hawks are 56-23 in their last 79-games versus the money line when playing with no rest.
  • The Hawks have gone under the total in just 1 of their last 8-games after playing in an overtime game the day before.

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NHL Betting System

Any home team that’s seen their last 3 or more games go under the total, and they’re averaging 2.9 goals or more per game, versus an opponent that allows an average of 2.9 goals or more per game, has seen 48 of those 71-games (67.6%) go under the total since the beginning of the 2009-2010 season. The matchup to go under the total of 5.5 for your free hockey picks.

NHL Pick: Edmonton/Chicago to go under the total of 5.5