Edmonton Oilers vs. Chicago Blackhawks Odds, Predictions, and Picks!
Puck Drop: Wednesday, August 5, 2020, 10:30 PM (EDT)
Edmonton Oilers (-125) vs. Chicago Blackhawks (+105)
One man Oilrig
I don't think the Oilers will ever have good goaltending again. But, for now, they'll have to roll with Mikko Koskinen. In-Game 2 he had 23 saves on 26 shots in a 6-3 win. It looks like Koskinen will be the starter for the rest of the series unless he really blows it and allows Mike Smith to take his spot....(no one wants to see that again tho). However, luckily for the Oilers, they have Connor McDavid who looks determined to take over this series. He got a hat trick in Game 2 and scored the goal of the playoffs so far by blowing by the defender and lifting a backhand top-shelf. With 6 points in 2 games, it looks like he is on a mission to carry Edmonton as far as they can go despite their troubles defensively and in the net.
Old man strength
For the Blackhawks, I have no trust in Corey Crawford between the pipes. He allowed 6 goals in Game 2 and it's not like the Blackhawks defense is much better either. They are heavily relying on 37-year-old Duncan Keith as he played 25 minutes in Game 2. Aside from Keith, there isn't much depth on the point and they cannot handle the speed of the Oilers forwards. This is a recipe for disaster when you have to rely on Crawford to stand on his head and steal games. However, they are the 'home' team now after splitting the series 1-1, so look for them to try to slow down McDavid by using the last change to their advantage.
I think it is fairly obvious that the firepower on the Oilers is proving to be too much for this young Blackhawks team. If the Oilers can just get mediocre goaltending at best they will take this Game 3 contest. But, I think Koskinen will feel much comfortable in net knowing his fate is in his own hands and he will get better as the series progresses. Look for the big German forward (below) to dominate Game 3.
Smash the Edmonton Oilers Moneyline at a great value of -125