Play the 'Total' for Flames vs. Oilers

Ross Benjamin

Saturday, March 1, 2014 5:02 PM GMT

The Oilers host the Flames on Saturday at Rexall Place in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada with the opening puck drop slated for 10:05 PM ET. Take a look at the NHL betting odds, and our top picks for this affair.

Calgary Flames vs. Edmonton Oilers

According to NHL betting odds the Oilers are a -130 money line home favorite and the posted total is 5.5. The road team has won the last 5 meetings between these teams. The Flames have gone 19-7 in their last 26-games versus the Oilers, including 9-3 in the last 12 played at Edmonton. Tonight’s game will be a clash involving the two worst teams in the Western Conference with the Flames 14th, and Edmonton 15th overall.

Shutout Again

Edmonton is coming off a 3-0 home loss at the hands of the Minnesota Wild on Thursday. It marked the 8th time that Edmonton has been shutout this season, including 5 of the 8 coming at home. The Oilers have now failed to go over the total in their last 6-games. Edmonton has scored just 6-goals combined in their last 5-games in addition to being held scoreless twice. Edmonton is allowing 3.3 goals per game on the year which is next to last in the entire NHL. Tonight will be the 2nd of a 5-game in 12-day home stand for the Oilers.

So Much for Momentum

The Flames returned from the Olympic break feeling pretty good about themselves. Prior to the break they had won 6 of their last 8-games, and had also won 5 in a row at home. The momentum came to a screeching halt on Thursday in a 2-0 home loss at the hands of the Los Angeles Kings. The Flames have now scored 1-goal or less in 3 of their last 4-games. The Flames are also dealing with the trade rumors as next Wednesday’s deadline quickly approaches. The two most notable players being mentioned are veteran left wing Lee Stempniak who leads the team with 142 shots on goal, and veteran center Mike Cammilleri who has scored 26-goals or more on 4 separate occasions in his career. Camillerri hasn’t scored a goal since January 6th at Colorado, while Stempniak has lit the lamp just once since January 16th. On a positive note the Flames Jonio Ortio made his NHL debut in the loss to the Kings on Thursday, and held his own stopping 22 of 24 shots on net.

NHL Betting System

Before we make our NHL picks let's consider some trends. Any road team with a total of 5.5 that’s playing with same season revenge stemming from a shutout loss, and they’re coming off a home loss, has seen 28 of those 38-games (73.7%) go over the total since the beginning of the 2009-2010 year.

Free Pick: Calgary/Edmonton to go over the total of 5.5

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