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What’s happened to the Oilers?

The NHL preseason hype squad had Edmonton making the next step in the NHL hierarchy and challenging for the Stanley Cup. Instead, the Oilers are on a four-game losing streak and rank second-last in the Western Conference. On Thursday, the road to redemption doesn’t get any easier as Edmonton heads to the United Center to play the Chicago Blackhawks.

SHARK BITES
  • Connor McDavid is on a four-game goalless streak.        
  • Edmonton is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games at Chicago.
  • Chicago is 2-5 ATS in its last 7 games at home.

Despite coming off a 5-2 loss to the Blues on Wednesday, Chicago still sports the league’s fourth-ranked offense, averaging just under four goals per game. On the flip side, Edmonton is allowing just under four goals per game this season. So, what does this mean? The OVER is a great option for bettors. To start the season, the total has gone OVER in five of Chicago’s seven games and it has hit in three of Edmonton’s five games. Don’t overcomplicate this. Take the OVER.

Historically, Edmonton hasn’t fared well SU against the Blackhawks. Chicago has owned this matchup and is 10-3 SU in the last 13 games against the Oilers. If you think the Oilers have to rebound eventually, perhaps some rest is just what the doctor ordered. They’re 15-5 SU in their last 20 games with a day off between contests.

If you’re looking for best possible value, consider the Chicago puckline as Edmonton is 1-4 ATS so far this season. If Connor McDavid can’t find his MVP form and generate some offence for his squad, it could be a long season in Oil Country and place the Oilers on the fast track to another first overall pick.

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Edmonton Oilers will try to spoil the party on Thursday; they are 1-4-0 this season, while the Blackhawks are 4-2-1. Edmonton is 3-2 on the totals; Chicago is 5-2. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Chicago vs Edmonton injuries news.

The OddsShark NHL Power Rankings have the Chicago Blackhawks at No. 17 and the Edmonton Oilers at No. 4 heading into this contest.

Statistical Matchup

The game also pits Chicago's No. 4-ranked offense, averaging 3.86 goals per game, against a Oilers defense that ranks No. 24 at 3.8 goals allowed. The Blackhawks power play is averaging 18.18% while the Oilers defense kills off 68.18% of their penalties.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

The Oilers were a 5-3 loser in their most recent outing at home against the Hurricanes. That made winners of bettors who got Carolina at +111 on the moneyline, while the total score (8) was good news for OVER bettors.

The Blackhawks were a 5-2 loser in their most recent outing on the road against the Blues. That made winners of bettors who got St. Louis at -113 on the moneyline, while the total score (7) was good news for OVER bettors.

Betting Trends
  • Edmonton is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
  • Edmonton is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 7 of Edmonton's last 10 games
  • Edmonton is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
  • Chicago is 4-11 SU in its last 15 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 5 of Chicago's last 7 games
  • Chicago is 2-5 ATS in its last 7 games at home
  • Chicago is 10-3 SU in its last 13 games when playing Edmonton

Next Betting Matchups

Edmonton at Philadelphia, Saturday, October 21
Chicago at Arizona, Saturday, October 21

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