The NHL is set up with another great night of action throughout Wednesday. Six games are up on the board throughout March 17. One of these games will be between the Edmonton Oilers and the Calgary Flames. These two teams have been similar throughout this season, which should lead to a great game in this one. This game will drop the puck at around 10:00 PM Eastern time on NBCSN.
The Oilers have started out this season with a record of 18-13-0, which has them sitting in third place of the North Division. Edmonton is coming off back to back losses and they will look to turn it around in this one. The Oilers have been up and down throughout this season, but will look to get back in the win column in this one.
Calgary has put up a record of 14-12-3 throughout this season, which has them in fifth place of the North Division. The Flames have gone 3-0 since hiring Darryl Sutter behind their bench. Calgary will look to keep their winning streak going in this one. If the Flames can keep up their hot starts, they could earn another win in the Battle of Alberta.
These two teams have been strong throughout this season. The Flames are outside of the playoff picture to this point in the season, but they will look to get back on track with a win in this one. Edmonton is still sitting comfortably in a playoff spot, but they will need to get back in the win column if they want to avoid falling further. I expect a good game between these two teams.
The Oilers and the Flames have met up five times throughout this season series. Calgary hosted the first game of the season series on February 6. Connor McDavid had a goal and an assist, but it was not enough. Mikael Backlund had a goal and two assists. Dillon Dube, Johnny Gaudreau and Milan Lucic each had a goal and an assist as the Flames earned a 6-4 win at home.
The second and third game of the season series were back to back on February 19 and 20. Rasmus Andersson and Andrew Mangiapane each had a goal. Connor McDavid had three goals and two assists in the second game, while Ryan Nugent-Hopkins had two goals and an assist. Mike Smith stopped 20 of 21 shots in the first game and Mikko Koskinen had 43 saves on 44 shots as Edmonton earned a 2-1 and a 7-1 win in the two games.
Edmonton hosted the fourth game of the season series on March 6. Elias Lindholm had two assists on the night, but it was not enough. Connor McDavid had a goal and two assists. Kailer Yamamoto had a goal and an assist, while Kris Russell finished with two assists. Mike Smith finished with 34 saves on 36 shots as the Oilers earned a 3-2 win.
The fifth and most recent game of the season series shifted back to Calgary on March 15. Josh Archibald, Leon Draisaitl and Adam Larsson all scored for the Oilers, but they came up short. Dillon Dube, Elias Lindholm and Andrew Mangiapane each had a goal and an assist. Mikael Backlund had two assists to help lead the Flames to a 4-3 win at home.
The Oilers have been strong on the power play throughout this season. Edmonton has capitalized on 27 of their 103 power play chances, which is a 26.2 percent success rate. The Oilers have not been quite as good as the penalty kill. Edmonton has killed off 71 of the 93 penalties against them, which is a 76.3 percent penalty kill.
Calgary has been around the league average on the power play and penalty kill this season. The Flames have scored on 21 of their 104 power play opportunities, which is a 20.2 percent power play. Calgary has given up 18 goals on their opponents 94 power play attempts, which is an 80.9 percent kill rate. The Flames will look to keep up this special teams success in this one.
These two teams have been strong on the power play this season. Edmonton’s power play has been slightly better this season, but the Flames have been better on the penalty kill. Calgary will need to shut down the Oilers power play in this one again if they want the win. If Edmonton can get going on the power play on Wednesday night, it could give them a big edge.
I expect Mike Smith to get the start in the crease for Edmonton in this one. Smith has earned a record of 9-3 throughout his starts this season. He has put up a save percentage of .921 and a 2.31 GAA through his games played. Smith’s last start was against the Flames, where he stopped 23 of 27 shots in the losing effort.
Jacob Markstrom will likely get the nod in the net for the Flames on Wednesday night. Markstrom has started in 20 games this season, going 11-7-2 throughout those games. He has posted a .910 save percentage and a GAA of 2.69. Markstrom stopped 28 of 31 shots against the Oilers on Monday night. He will look to keep it going in this one.
These two goalies have been really strong throughout this season. Markstrom is coming off a better performance on Monday night and will look to build off it in this one. Mike Smith will look to have a bounce back game in this one. If either goalie can control the pace early in this one, I think it can give their team the edge on Wednesday night.
These two teams have been strong throughout this season, but Edmonton has been slightly better throughout this season. The Oilers are coming off back to back losses, but I think they will be able to earn a win in this one. Calgary has won three in a row, but they have been streaky all season. I think that Edmonton’s offense will come out stronger in this one for the win.
BetOnline has the Flames listed as a -111 against the money line in this one. This implies that Calgary will win this game around 52.6 percent of the time. I think that the Oilers should be favored in this one with how they have been better throughout this season. I like Edmonton to come out strong in this one and as underdogs, I really like the value on the Oilers.