The NHL is set up with a strong set of games throughout March 15. Ten games will be up on the board throughout Monday night. One of these games will be between the Edmonton Oilers and the Calgary Flames. These two teams are competing in the North, which should lead to a good game on Monday. This game will drop the puck at around 9:00 PM Eastern time on ESPN+.
The Oilers have started out this season with a record of 18-12-0, which has them sitting in third place of the North Division. Edmonton is coming off a loss in their last game, which ended a four game winning streak. The Oilers will look to turn it around in this one with another win. I expect Edmonton to try and come out to a much faster start in this one.
Calgary has put up a record of 13-12-3 throughout this season, which has them in fifth place of the North Division. The Flames have won back to back games entering this one. Calgary will look to keep the winning streak going in this one. The Flames have not lost since bringing in Darryl Sutter behind the bench and will look to keep it going.
These two teams have had solid starts to this point in the season. The Oilers have been slightly better throughout this season and they will look to grab a much needed win in this one. Edmonton is coming off a loss in their last game, but the Oilers will look to turn it around. The Flames have been hot as of late and they will look to keep it going.
The Oilers and the Flames have met up four times this season. Calgary hosted the first game on February 6. Connor McDavid had a goal and an assist in this one, but it was not enough. Mikael Backlund had a goal and two assists, while Dillon Dube, Milan Lucic and Johnny Gaudreau each had a goal and an assist. The Flames were able to hold on for a 6-4 win at home.
The second game of the season series stayed in Calgary on February 19. Rasmus Andersson scored for the Flames, but it was not enough for the win. Jesse Puljujarvi and Gaetan Haas both scored for Edmonton in this one. Mike Smith stopped 20 of 21 shots as the Oilers were able to earn a 2-1 win on the road.
Edmonton hosted the third game of the season series on February 20. Andrew Mangiapane scored a goal, but once again Calgary could not grab a win. Connor McDavid had three goals and two assists, while Ryan Nugent-Hopkins had two goals and an assist. Mikko Koskinen finished with 43 saves on 44 shots as the Oilers earned a 7-1 win.
The fourth and most recent game stayed in Edmonton on March 6. Elias Lindholm had two assists on the night, but the Flames had another loss. Connor McDavid had a goal and two assists, while Kailer Yamamoto had a goal and an assist. Kris Russell added two assists on the night. Mike Smith finished with 34 saves on 36 shots as the Oilers grabbed a 3-2 win.
Edmonton’s power play has been really strong throughout this season. The Oilers have capitalized on 27 of their 102 power play chances, which is a 26.5 percent success rate. Edmonton’s penalty kill has not been quite as good this season. The Oilers have killed off 68 of their opponents 90 power play attempts, which is a 75.6 percent penalty kill.
The Flames have been solid on both sides of special teams throughout this season. Calgary has scored 21 goals on their 101 power play opportunities, which is a 20.8 percent power play. The Flames have given up 18 power play goals on 93 penalties against, which is an 80.7 percent kill rate. Calgary will look to keep up their special teams success in this one.
The Oilers have the better power play entering this matchup, but Calgary has been better on the penalty kill. If the Flames can shut down Edmonton’s power play, it could be enough for the win. The Flames will need to get their own power play going, which is possible with Edmonton’s penalty kill struggling. If Calgary can outplay the Oilers on special teams, it could be enough for the win.
I expect Mike Smith to get the start in the net for the Oilers on Monday night. Smith has gone 9-2 throughout his starts this season. He has posted a save percentage of .927 and a 2.16 GAA in his games played. Smith’s last start was against the Senators, where he stopped 23 of 25 shots to help Edmonton earn the win on the night.
Jacob Markstrom will likely get the nod between the pipes for Calgary in this one. Markstrom has started in 19 games this season, going 10-7-2 in those games. He has put up a .911 save percentage and a GAA of 2.67. Markstrom finished with 24 saves on 25 shots against the Montreal Canadiens, which was enough for the win.
These two goalies have been strong throughout this season. Smith has been slightly better this season, winning his last three starts. The Flames will need Markstrom to step up in this one after he has struggled against Edmonton this season. If either goalie can control the pace early in this one, it could help give their team the win.
The Oilers are entering this one after a tough loss to Vancouver, while Calgary has finally found some momentum. The Flames have had difficulty getting past Edmonton as of late and I think that they can knock them off in this one. Calgary has been looking good under Darryl Sutter and I think that they can finally break through on the Oilers in this one.
BetOnline has the Flames listed as a -110 against the money line on Monday night. This implies that Calgary will win this game around 52.4 percent of the time. I think that this line is right with it being in Calgary. I think the Flames will come out quickly as they try to earn a big win in the battle of Alberta. I like the value on Calgary in this one.