Edmonton Oilers vs. Calgary Flames Free Preview 4/6/19

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Facing each other for the fourth and final time this season, the Edmonton Oilers and the Calgary Flames conclude the seasons at the Scotiabank Saddledome for a Pacific Division tilt. CBC Sports will showcase the matchup, and the puck drops at 10 p.m. ET on Saturday, April 6.

Edmonton Oilers at Calgary Flames Odds

Netting 8.0 units for moneyline bettors, Calgary is 50-31 straight up (SU) overall thus far. That winning percentage, ranked second in the league in this young season, is a welcome improvement over the 37-45 record from the 2017-18 season campaign. Through 81 regular season contests, 41 of its games have gone over the total, while 36 have gone under and just four have pushed. The team is 26-14 SU at home this season.

The Flames have converted on 19.2 percent of their power play chances this year, a figure that’s right around league average. On the other hand, their penalty kill is rated 17th overall, and they’ve successfully killed off 80.2 percent of all penalties.

Boasting a .911 save percentage and 24.9 saves per game, David Rittich (28-17-5) has been the best goalkeeper for the Flames this season. If head coach Bill Peters decides to give him a rest, however, Calgary may turn to Mike Smith (24-17-17 record, .898 save percentage, 2.72 goals against average).

Edmonton has lost 17.6 units for bettors taking the moneyline this year and is currently 34-47 straight up (SU). A total of 39 of its outings have gone under the total, while 37 have gone over and just five have pushed. The Oilers are 16-24 SU as the visiting team this season.

The Oilers have converted on 20.8 percent of their power play opportunities this season, a figure that’s right around league average. On the other hand, its penalty kill unit is ranked 30th overall and it’s successfully killed off 74.5 percent of all opponent power plays.

Mikko Koskinen (2.97 goals against average and .905 save percentage) has been the primary option in goal for Edmonton. Koskinen is averaging 25.5 saves per game and has 24 wins, 30 losses, and six OT losses to his credit.

Edmonton Oilers at Calgary Flames Free Picks

Free Prediction: SU Winner – Flames, O/U – Under

Betting Trends

  • The Flames are 0-4 in games decided by shootout. The Oilers are 3-3 in shootouts.
  • For both of these teams, the over has hit in three of their last five outings.
  • Edmonton has managed only 21.8 shot attempts per game over its last five road games while Calgary has been attempting 36.4 shots per game over its last five at home.
  • Seven of Edmonton’s last ten games have been decided by two goals or more. The team is 2-5 in those games.
  • Edmonton skaters have accounted for the league’s fourth-most hits per game (26.9).