The Edmonton Oilers (22-15-1) travel to face off against the Montreal Canadiens (17-18-6) on Saturday, January 13th. This game will be played at Bell Centre in Montreal and televised on ESPN+. The Oilers are coming off a win in their previous game, while the Canadiens are looking to get back on track from a loss to the Sharks. Puck drop is set for 7:00 ET.
Edmonton Oilers vs Montreal Canadiens
The Edmonton Oilers Are Coming Off A Win
Edmonton comes into this game as the 8th ranked team in the Western Conference with a record of 22-15-1. They have won nine straight games and have gone 9-1 over their last 10 games. On the road, the Oilers have gone 11-9-0 this season and have won seven straight games away from home.
Against the Western Conference, the Oilers have gone 13-8 this season, and they have been favored in 30 of their 38 games. Over their last three games, Edmonton has gone 3-0, and they have won six straight games when they have been favored.
On the road this season, the Oilers have a puck line record of 9-11, and their average scoring margin is +.2 goals per game. So far, they have 15 wins by multiple goals and 12 losses by more than one goal.
Across their last ten road games, the Oilers have a puck line record of 7-3, and their average scoring margin is +.2 goals per contest. In their last ten games as the favorite, Edmonton has a puck line record of 7-3, and they have gone 14-16 against the puck line as the favorite this season.
The Oilers most recently took on the Red Wings and secured a win with a score of 3-2. The first two periods saw the Oilers struggling to find the net on offense, but they turned things around by scoring two goals in the third period. All three goals came at even strength. They finished with 47 shots on goal and had 3 turnovers.
Despite the straight-up win, Edmonton did not cover the puck line, as they were favored by -1.5. With a combined total of 5 goals, the game concluded below the over/under line of 7.
The Montreal Canadiens Look To Bounce Back From A Loss
Montreal comes into this game sitting in 13th place in the Eastern Conference with a record of 17-18-6. In the Atlantic Division, they are in 6th place.
At home, the Canadiens are 8-11-2 this season and have gone 2-3 in their last five games. Over their last ten games, they have a record of 3-7.
Montreal enters the game with a puck line record of 25-16 overall, including a mark of 11-10 at home. So far this year, the Canadiens have 12 losses by multiple goals and 12 losses by one goal.
Coming into the game, the Canadiens have gone 2-1 against the puck line in their last three games and 3-2 in their last five. In their last 10 home games, Montreal has a puck line record of 6-4.
The Canadiens aim to bounce back following their 3-2 loss at home to the Sharks. In the first period against the Sharks, the Canadiens scored one goal, in addition to scoring one time in the 3rd period. All two goals came at even strength. They finished with 35 shots on goal and had 8 turnovers.
Montreal was favored by -1.5 giving them a loss vs. the puck line. With a combined total of 5 goals, the game concluded below the over/under line of 6.
Edmonton Offense Breakdown
Offensively, the Oilers come into the game at 3.5 goals per contest placing 11th in the NHL. In terms of shots on goal per game, they are in 10th position in the league. Coming into the game, the Oilers have a 14-8 record when they have more shots on goal than their opponent. When they have fewer shots on goal, they are 8-6.
The Oilers’ over/under record this season is 18-17-3. For the season, they have had 21 games that surpassed this game’s over/under line of 6.5. Overall, their games are averaging6.6 goals per game.
Montreal Offense Breakdown
In terms of their offensive performance, the Canadiens are averaging 2.7 goals per game this season, putting them in the 28th spot in the NHL. When it comes to shots on goal per game, they are ranked 28th in the league. Montreal’s offense is currently ranked 21st in power play goals. When it comes to shorthanded goals, they are 13th in the league.
For the season, the over/under record of the Canadiens’ stands at 21-19-1. They have had 21 games during the season that exceeded the 6.5 over/under line. On average, their games are averaging 6.3 goals per game.
Edmonton Team Defense
In terms of defense, the Oilers head into the game ranked 30th in goals allowed. On average, opponents are taking 28.1 shots per game against Edmonton. So far, they are 16th in shutouts, achieving 2 shutouts.
Montreal Team Defense
Entering the game, the Canadiens’ defense ranks 29th in takeaways, averaging 5.1 takeaways per contest. In the NHL, they currently stand at 4th in terms of goals allowed, giving up an average of 3.2 goals per game.
Oilers vs Canadiens Trends
- Across the Oilers last three road games, the team averaged 4 goals per game while allowing 1. Their record vs the puck line in these contests was 1-2, while going 3-0 straight-up.
- Across their last five home contests, Montreal has a 3-2 record vs the spread. Their overall mark in these games was 2-3, while averaging 3 goals per game.
- Going back to their previous three games as the underdog, Montreal has an puck line mark of 2-1 while going 1-2 straight up.
- Through their last five games as the favorite, the Oilers have an puck line record of 3-2 and a straight up mark of 5-0.
If you’re looking for a moneyline pick, my choice is the Canadiens to take down the Oilers at home. With the moneyline currently at +192, I’m placing my bet on the Canadiens straight-up.
Our projections have the Canadiens pulling out a win as the underdog. But if you’re not as bullish as we are on the Canadiens, we’d recommend at least getting a bet down on them to cover the puck line.
If you’re looking at the the over/under line set at 6.5 goals, our prediction is that this game will stay below that threshold, and we strongly suggest placing a bet on the under.
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