Take Flames on the Moneyline vs. Oilers for NHL Picks

Ross Benjamin

Thursday, October 9, 2014 1:51 PM GMT

Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014 1:51 PM GMT

Our NHL handicapping expert breaks down tonight’s game between the Flames and Oilers. Read this insightful hockey betting article that also includes a NHL free pick against the money line.

Western Canada Rivalry Renewed
The Oilers will host the Flames tonight at Rexall Place in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada with opening puck drop scheduled for 9:35 PM ET. According to NHL odds, the Oilers are a -145 money line favorite, and the posted total is 5.5. This will be the season opener for Edmonton. The road team has won the last 7 meetings between these clubs. The Flames have gone 21-7 in their last 28-games versus the Oilers. When these teams have met in Edmonton, only 11 of the last 41-games have gone over the total.

 

Flamed out in Home Opener
The Flames opened their season last night with a 4-2 home loss at the hands of the Vancouver Canucks. Former Anaheim Ducks goaltender Jonas Hiller made his Flames debut, and stopped 29 of 32-shots on goal. Calgary never led in the game, and was outshot by the Canucks 33-25. Trailing 3-2 late in the 3rd period, the Flames pulled Hiller for an extra skater in an attempt to tie the game, and their fate was sealed when Henrik Sedin scored an empty net goal with 1:16 left to play. The Flames have gone 16-35 against the money line in their last 51-games when playing with no rest. They’ve also gone a dismal 22-48 in their last 70 road games, but did finish last season by going 6-6 in their last 12 away games.

 

Try to Recover from a Disastrous Season
The Edmonton Oilers entered last season feeling confident that they could contend for a playoff spot in the Western Conference. However, that seemed to be a pipe dream after they finished dead last in the Western Conference with a mere 67-points. For a franchise that’s been so rich with tradition, these have been very difficult times since they made their surprising run to the Stanley Cup Finals in 2006. Between 1984 and 1990, the Oilers won 5 Stanley Cups. That was then, and this is now, and the Oilers will look to get the season off on the right foot in front of the home folks versus a division rival. This current roster has a plethora of young talent including some highly touted past first round draft choices. However, that’s been an all too familiar theme for fans in Edmonton who’ve become extremely restless in waiting for their team to finally put it all together.

 

Final Analysis
Is this the year that the Oilers crop of young highly touted players will finally step up? Counting on that to happen in recent years has been like trying to catch an inside straight in poker, it’s possible, but not highly probable. After saying that, we’re talking a about a game prediction, and not a season projection in this particular instance. The last time these teams met in Edmonton was this past March 22nd, and the Flames pulverized the Oilers 8-1. That win completed a 3-0 sweep at Edmonton during the 2013-2014 campaign for the Flames. It’s not like either of these rosters has been subjected to drastic change since the end of last season. For my NHL picks, I have a small lean toward the underdog value in this game tonight.

NHL Pick: Flames +136 over the Oilers at 5Dimes

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