Oilers vs. Canadiens Prediction
The Edmonton Oilers have dropped four games in a row heading into this afternoon's tilt at the Montreal Canadiens. Can Edmonton snap its losing skid as the underdog today?
Sunday, February 3, 2019
Centre Bell at 2:05PM ET
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Public Betting Information
According to oddsmakers at BetNow.eu, the Canadiens are a -165 favorite on the spread line. The Oilers are a +145 underdog, while the total is set at 6 goals. As of Sunday morning, 51 percent of public bets are being placed on host Montreal. Check out our NHL Public Betting Page for the latest info.
Oilers fall in OT at Flyers
Edmonton lost by a count of 5-4 in overtime Saturday at Philadelphia to drop to 23-24-4 on the season. The Oilers tied it up at 1-1 with 11:57 left in the first period on a Ty Rattie goal assisted by Milan Lucic. Connor McDavid scored his 30th goal of the season late in the first period to give Edmonton a 2-1 advantage with Zack Kassian and Jujhar Khaira assisting. The Oilers went ahead by two goals at the 11:41 mark of the second period as Adam Larsson scored off assists by Kevin Gravel and McDavid. After the Flyers cut it to a one-goal game late in the second period, Edmonton again went ahead by multiple goals with 15:53 left in the third period as Kassian scored an unassisted shorthanded goal. Philadelphia proceeded to score twice in the third period to tie it before winning the contest in OT. Cam Talbot surrendered five goals on 39 shots in the defeat.
Canadiens drop game in overtime
Montreal fell 3-2 in overtime at home Saturday against New Jersey to drop to 28-18-6 on the season. Jesperi Kotkaniemi opened the scoring in the first period to give the Canadiens a 1-0 advantage as Artturi Lehkonen and Jordie Benn drew assists. The Devils evened the score in the final minute of the first period, but Montreal grabbed a 2-1 advantage with 3:27 left in the second period as Phillip Danault found the back of the net with Jeff Petri and Max Domi assisting. New Jersey evened it in the third period before winning it in OT. Antti Niemi recorded 24 saves on 27 shots in the loss.
NHL Betting Trends
The Oilers are 0-6 in their last six games versus a team with a winning record. Edmonton is 2-5 in its last seven Sunday games.
The Canadiens are 4-0 in their last four games versus the Pacific Division. Montreal is 7-3 in its last 10 Sunday games.
Edmonton has struggled considerably against most competition lately and show its inferiority against good teams. Neither team has a rest advantage with both playing last night, while I'll take the better team here as the Canadiens are more likely to bounce back from a lackluster performance. The Oilers will be turning to goalie Mikko Koskinen, while Montreal is ready to roll with the more trustworty Carey Price.
NHL DAILY PREDICTION: MONTREAL CANADIENS -165