NHL Picks: Struggling Oilers Won't Contain Kane & Blackhawks Tonight

SBR Staff

Wednesday, November 18, 2015 1:03 PM GMT

The Chicago Blackhawks come in off a 4-1 win over Calgary, which followed a big 4-2 win over St Louis on the road, while the Edmonton Oilers continue to struggle. Check our NHL pick here.

Scott Darling Stands Tall vs. Flames
On Sunday night, the Chicago Blackhawks played the second of back-to-back nights and that gave Scott Darling a chance to get some playing time. Well he had a solid game as he stopped 25 shots in the 4-1 win over the Calgary Flames.  Darling won’t get the start here as it is back to Corey Crawford, who is 8-6 with a 2.40 GAA on the year, while in his career vs the Oilers he has gone 7-5 with a 2.48 GAA. Crawford does come in struggling as he is 3-4 in his last seven starts, allowing 21 goals over that stretch.

Now Let’s talk Patrick Kane, who is on fire right now as he has scored a goal in seven straight games and has 13 goals for the year, which leads the league. He also has 28 points on the season, which also leads the league. His goal vs Calgary tied the game at one and really got the Chicago offense going as they scored two more goals in that period and then added a 4th goal in the third period. Chicago ranks 14th in the league in scoring (2.7 gpg) and 11th in goals allowed (2.4 gpg).

 

Defense Is Key to Edmonton’s Slow Start
The Edmonton Oilers have really struggled in the pipes this year as they are 28th in the league in goals allowed, giving up 3.2 gpg so far this year. Both goalies have struggled in the early going as Anders Nilsson has a 3.21 GAA so far while Cameron Talbot has a 3.09 GAA in the early going. Talbot should get the start in this one and comes in at 1-5 in his last six starts and he has allowed 23 goals over the six game stretch. Patrick Kane may have a field day with him here.

If the Oilers would get more consistent play in the crease they just may have a shot at a playoff spots as their offense has not been terrible, ranking 17th in the league is scoring (2.6 gpg) while also ranking a solid 11th in power play conversions (21.1%). The Oilers are still without Connor McDavid, who has had to deal with questions about the whether or not he felt the Flyers injured him on purpose. Taylor Hall is the leader in goals with eight and points with 20.

 

Trends
Chicago is:13-3 in their last 16 vs. Pacific & 13-5 in their last 18 vs. a team with a losing record.

Edmonton is:12-39 in their last 51 vs. a team with a winning record & 5-22 in their last 27 home games following a road trip of seven or more days.

With the way Kane is playing right now and the fact that the Oilers can’t stop anyone from scoring this is an easy call. Patrick Kane can’t be stopped especially not by Cameron Talbot, who has allowed a ton of goals of late. He does have a 1.52 GAA in his career vs the Blackhawks, but he is just struggling too much to think that can hold up here. Chicago is the better team against the NHL odds, with the better goalie and the hottest player in the league right now. Take Chicago as you NHL pick tonight.

NHL Pick: Blackhawks -159 at Heritage

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