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The Oilers host the Blackhawks tonight for a 10:00 p.m. puck drop. Allie O'Neil, an NHL expert, is here to break down her prediction, pick, and odds ahead of tonight's thrilling matchup.
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Edmonton Oilers vs. Chicago Blackhawks Prediction: Will Goals Flow in Edmonton?

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Oilers vs. Blackhawks Start Time, Where to Watch, and Odds

  • Date: Saturday, January 28, 2023
  • Start Time: 10:00 p.m. EST
  • Where to Watch: ESPN+

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Edmonton Oilers vs. Chicago Blackhawks Prediction

We've seen the Chicago Blackhawks and Edmonton Oilers face off twice this season. The Oilers narrowly escaped with victories in both games, winning 6-5 and 5-4. However, things are starting to look up for the Blackhawks. Chicago has won seven of their last 10 NHL games, almost doubling their total number of victories from eight to 15. These wins came against relatively tricky opponents such as the Avs, Sabres, Flyers, Blues, and, most recently, the Flames. With the Oilers priced at -430 on the money line, the value shifts toward the Blackhawks to upset once again. Although, I'm still hesitant backing a team that has only won six of their 20 away games. Instead, the total could be a better way to approach this game.

We'll get to see a matchup between two former Toronto goalies tonight. Edmonton's Jack Campbell is off to a 14-8-1 start, but he relies heavily on his offense with a 3.35 GAA. Considering Campbell gave up five goals to the struggling Blackhawks when they played in Chicago earlier this season, I'll assume he encounters similar problems with this since-improved team that's scoring an average of 3.50 goals over their last 10 games.

Even if the Hawks score a few goals on Campbell, I doubt Chicago's defense has much of an impact on the Oilers' offensive potential. Edmonton has won six of their last seven games, scoring an average of 4.71 goals per game. They'll be up against Petr Mrazek, who is 5-12-1 and has a 3.89 GAA. Mrazek has a slightly improved 3.30 GAA on the road, but he'll be up against a vicious Edmonton offense.

I think tonight's game ends one of two ways: the Blackhawks lose by one, or the Oilers and Connor McDavid blow them out. Either outcome should produce a high-scoring game, so rather than pick a side, take the over 6.5 at -115.

Edmonton Oilers vs. Chicago Blackhawks Pick

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Allie enjoys the challenge of betting on the NHL and MLB. Allie appears regularly on the SportsLine podcast Early Edge. She is also a diehard Alabama Crimson Tide fan.

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