Nov 30, 2022, 11:42 am ET in NHL
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Expert Top Pick of the Day: Edmonton Oilers vs. Chicago Blackhawks

Top Pick of the Day

The Oilers and Blackhawks meet tonight in a Western Conference matchup at United Center. Both teams are trying to recover after slow starts to the season.

Edmonton is looking to extend its win streak to three games and improve its fourth-place standing in the Pacific Division. They have a 12-10-0 record and are 11 points behind the division-leading Vegas Golden Knights.

The Blackhawks enter this game in the middle of their longest losing streak of the season. After starting the season with a 4-2-0 record, Chicago has lost seven in a row and 13 of its last 15 games. Their 6-11-4 record has them in last place in the Central Division, trailing the Dallas Stars by 14 points in the standings.

 

Edmonton Oilers vs. Chicago Blackhawks Schedule

 

  • Date: Wednesday, November 30, 2022
  • Time: 08:30 PM CST
  • Location: United Center, Chicago, IL

 

Oilers Need To Improve On Defense

Edmonton’s offense is having a good season so far, averaging 3.36 goals per game, which ranks them tenth in the league. They are also tied for third in the league in power play percentage at 28.8%.

Defense is where the team has struggled, giving up 3.55 goals per game. The Oilers also rank near the bottom of the league in penalty killing, at just 73.3%.

Connor McDavid is the current offensive leader for Edmonton. His 39 points lead the NHL, and he’s second in goals with 17. He is also the team leader in assists with 22, which is third in the league.

Stuart Skinner is the top goaltender for the Oilers with a 2.81 goals-against average and a .919 save percentage in his 11 starts this season.

 

Blackhawks Struggling On Both Ends

The Blackhawks have been nothing short of terrible this season. The offense has struggled, scoring just 2.48 goals per game, which is tied for 29th in the league.

However, the defense has been even worse, also ranking near the bottom of the league and giving up 3.62 goals per game. They’ve also allowed 32 goals in the last six games.

Patrick Kane is the team leader in points with 16 for Chicago and is first on the team with 13 assists. Jonathan Toews is the top goal-scorer for the Blackhawks, with eight on the season, and Jake McCabe is the team leader in plus/minus at +4.

Arvid Soderblom has been the best in goal this season for Chicago with a 3.00 GAA and a .910 save percentage.

      

Edmonton Oilers vs. Chicago Blackhawks Odds Comparison

The Oilers are 1-5 in their last six games on the road in Chicago, and the total has gone over in four of their previous five games. The total has gone over for the Blackhawks in five of their last six games, and they are 0-5 in their previous five matchups on their home ice.

 

  • DraftKings has the Oilers at -210, and the total is 6.5. 
  • FanDuel has the Oilers at -220, and the total is 6.5.
  • Caesars has the Oilers at -220, and the total is 6.5.

 

Godds Pick or Prediction of the Game

Edmonton has turned things around recently, winning two straight games for the first time since November 1. They should also find themselves with a lot of scoring chances against one of the most flawed defenses in the league. The Oilers should win this game big on the road.

         

Godds Pick/Prediction: The Oilers win, and the total stays under.