The NHL is set up for a solid night of action on Tuesday night. Twelve games are on the board in total for February 5. One of the last games of the nights is between the Chicago Blackhawks and the Edmonton Oilers. Both teams are currently trending in opposite directions going into Tuesday nights game. The puck will be dropped at Rogers Place at 9:00 PM Eastern time.
Chicago has started out this season with a record of 20-24-9, which has them in seventh place of the Central Division. The Blackhawks have not been great this season, but have picked up their play recently. Chicago has won four games in a row and will look to keep it going with a victory against the Oilers on the road. The Blackhawks are still far back from that playoff picture, but will look to continue to try and climb back into the playoff race.
The Oilers have been extremely up and down this season, which has led to them sitting outside of the playoff picture at this point in the season. Edmonton has gone 23-24-5 this season, which has them in fifth place of the Pacific Division. The Oilers are currently three points outside of the playoff picture. Edmonton has lost five games in a row, including a tough blown lead against the Montreal Canadiens on Sunday afternoon. The Oilers will look to bounce back with a win at home on Tuesday night.
Tuesday night’s game between the Blackhawks and the Oilers will be the third and final game of the season series. These two teams are both sitting out of the playoff picture and will need to go on a strong run to end the season if they want to sneak into the playoffs.
The first game of the season series was hosted by Chicago on October 28. Brent Seabrook opened up the scoring in the first, but Zach Kassian had an answer before the period was over. Connor McDavid scored the game winning goal in overtime. Cam Ward had a solid night stopping 24 of 26 shots. It was Cam Talbot though who stole the show with 31 saves on 32 shots to give the Oilers a 2-1 win in overtime.
The second game of the season series shifted back to Edmonton on November 1. Drake Caggiula had a really good night scoring two goals for Edmonton. Tobias Rieder added two assists to help the Oilers win in front of their home fans. Mikko Koskinen stopped had 40 saves on 40 shots. Edmonton was able to pull off the 4-0 shutout in front of their home fans.
Edmonton won the first two games of this season’s series. The Oilers were playing much better at that time and Chicago was struggling to get anything going. Edmonton will look to end their current losing streak with a sweep over the Blackhawks at home. The Blackhawks offense is doing much better this time around, which could provide some issues.
The Blackhawks have had an average power play this season. Chicago’s power play has scored on 20.6 percent of their power play chances. The Blackhawks penalty kill has not been doing great though, only stopping opponents power plays around 74 percent of the time. Chicago’s penalty kill will need to step up if they want the road win.
Edmonton has been like the Blackhawks this season, putting up solid numbers on the power play, but struggling on the penalty kill. The Oilers have scored on 21.4 percent of their power play chances. Edmonton’s penalty kill has stopped their opponents only 75.5 percent of the time.
Both Edmonton and Chicago’s power play could go off against each other’s struggling penalty kills. The Oilers have the better power play and penalty kill, which could help give them a big edge in front of their home crowd. I believe that Edmonton could use their power play edge to earn themselves a win against the Blackhawks on Tuesday night.
I believe that Collin Delia will get the nod in net for the Blackhawks on Tuesday night. Delia has earned a record of 5-2-3 in his 10 starts this season. He has a save percentage of .922 and a 2.99 GAA this season Delia has done really well in his games played this season, but he has a small sample size. He will look to keep Chicago’s winning streak going with a good performance on the road.
Mikko Koskinen will likely start in net for Edmonton on Tuesday night. Koskinen has a .908 save percentage and a GAA of 2.84. He has a record of 14-11-2 in his games played this season. Koskinen has taken over the starting job from a struggling Cam Talbot. He will look try and get the Oilers back in the win column on Tuesday night.
Delia has put up better numbers this season, but his sample size is much smaller. The Oilers have a really talented offense and I believe that it will cause an issue for Delia. Koskinen has put up some really solid performances since he took over the starting job from Talbot. I believe that he can make it really difficult for the Blackhawks offense on Tuesday night.
Edmonton is coming into Tuesday night’s game on a losing streak, but I believe that they can turn it around with a win against the Blackhawks. The Oilers beat Chicago in the first two games of the season series, and I believe they will use that as a confidence booster. Edmonton has a solid goalie in net, and they have the better special teams’ unit. The Oilers will also look for home ice to help give them the edge to earn the win.
BetOnline has Edmonton listed as a -129 against the money line. This does not have much value to it, which makes me really like the Oilers -1 ½ +200. I believe that Edmonton has a really good chance to pull off the win and if they are up only one goal near the end of regulation, they could get the empty netter to ice the game. The Blackhawks are on a winning streak, but I believe the Oilers bounce back with a big win at home.