Edmonton Oilers vs Calgary Flames NHL Pick – March 26

The NHL is set up with another great slate of hockey throughout March 26. Twelve games are up on the board throughout Saturday. One of these games will be between the Edmonton Oilers and the Calgary Flames. These two teams have been strong throughout this season and will look for a big win in this one. This game will drop the puck at around 10:00 PM Eastern time.

Edmonton has earned a record of 36-24-5 throughout this season, which has them sitting in third place of the Pacific division. The Oilers are coming off a win in their last game and have won six of their last eight. Edmonton is two points behind the second place Kings with one game in hand. The Oilers will look to jump up the standings with a big win on the road.

The Flames have put up a record of 39-17-8 so far this season, which has them sitting in first place of the Pacific division. Calgary has a seven point lead on the second place spot in the division. The Flames are coming off a win in their last game, but have lost two of their last four. Calgary will look to avoid a slow start at home after playing on Friday night.

These two teams have been strong throughout this season and will look for a huge two points on Saturday night. The Oilers have been strong as of late, especially since Jay Woodcroft took over behind the bench. Calgary has been strong this season and will look to get closer to clinching the top spot. If either team can come out strong in this one, it could be enough for the win.

Game Overview

The following odds are courtesy of BetOnline:

Teams Spread Money Line Total
Edmonton Oilers +1 ½ (-195) +122 Over 6 ½ (-114)
Calgary Flames -1 ½ (+170) -135 Under 6 ½ (+103)

 

Team Data Edmonton Oilers Calgary Flames
Overall Record 36-24-5 39-16-7
Away/ Home Record 16-12-5 20-6-6
Goals Per Game 3.37 3.44
Goals Per Game Away/ Home 3.21 3.56
Save Percentage .900 .917
Save Percentage Away/ Home .902 .920

Betting Trends

Edmonton Oilers

  • 7-5 in March
  • 11-4 on Saturday
  • 14-4 against divisional opponents
  • 14-10 after a win by two or more goals
  • 14-14 after scoring four or more goals
  • 15-16 against team with a winning record

Calgary Flames

  • 8-5 in March
  • 11-4 on Saturday
  • 7-5 when playing on back to back days
  • 9-8 against divisional opponents
  • 17-13 after a win by two goals or more
  • 21-11 after scoring four or more goals
  • 18-13 against team with a winning record

These two teams have met up three times this season. Connor McDavid scored three goals in the first meeting to lead the Oilers to a 5-2 win at home. Leon Draisaitl had two goals and two assists in the second matchup as Edmonton won 5-3. Tyler Toffoli scored twice in the third game to help the Flames earn a 3-1 win at home.

Special Teams

The Oilers have been strong on the power play throughout this season. Edmonton has scored on 49 of their 193 power play chances, which is a 25.4 percent success rate. The Oilers have killed off 153 of their opponents 201 power play attempts, which is a 76.1 percent penalty kill. Edmonton is 3rd on the man advantage and 21st on the penalty kill.

Calgary has been strong on both sides of special teams this season. The Flames have capitalized on 44 of their 180 power play opportunities, which is a 24.4 percent power play. Calgary has given up 27 power play goals on 188 penalties against, which is an 85.6 percent kill rate. The Flames are 8th on the power play and 3rd on the kill this season.

Edmonton enters this matchup with a slight edge on the power play, while the Flames have had the better penalty kill. The Oilers will look for their penalty kill to continue to step up in this one. Calgary went two of four on the power play on Friday night. If either team can get a power play goal in this one, it could be enough for the win.

Goaltending Comparison

Mikko Koskinen will likely get the nod in the crease for Edmonton on Saturday night. Koskinen has earned a record of 23-10-3 throughout his 35 starts this season. He has put up a .903 save percentage and a GAA of 3.07 in those games. Koskinen’s last start was against the Dallas Stars. He stopped 23 of 27 shots in the loss.

I expect Daniel Vladar will likely get the start between the pipes for the Flames in this one. Vladar has played in 16 games this season, going 9-5-1 in those matchups. He has posted a save percentage of .904 and a 2.84 GAA in those games. Vladar finished with 23 saves on 25 shots in his last start against the Vancouver Canucks, which was enough for the win.

These two goalies have been solid throughout this season and will look for a big win in this one. Koskinen lost his last time out, but has won four of his last five. Vladar ended a two game losing streak with his last win and will look to keep it going. If either goalie can come out quickly in this one, it could be enough for the win.

Pick Overview

These two teams have been solid throughout this season and will look for a big win in this one. Calgary is coming off a win on Friday night and will look to keep it going with a win in this one. The Oilers will look to take advantage of a tired Flames team. The home team took the first three games of this season series, but I think Edmonton can win this one on the road.

BetOnline has Calgary listed as a -135 against the money line in this one. This implies that the Flames will win this game around 57.5 percent of the time. I think that this line should be closer to even with Calgary on the second half of a back to back. Edmonton has also picked up their play as of late. As big underdogs in this one, I like the value on the Oilers.

The Bet
Edmonton Oilers
+122
Andruw Burling / Author

Andruw Burling has been writing sports picks since 2017, covering mainly NHL and NBA content, but doing work in other sports as well. Andruw grew up in Las Vegas and has been around sports since a young age. He grew up a huge NHL and NBA fan and continues to use that knowledge in his content today.

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