The Edmonton Oilers will face off against their long-time rival, the Calgary Flames, in Game 1 in Calgary. Both teams look to start the series off hot and win Game 1.
The Oilers are coming off of a gigantic Game 7 win over the Los Angeles Kings at home to clinch the series. The Flames are also coming off of a huge Game 7 win as they defeated the Dallas Stars at home to clinch the series as well.
Game 1 is going to be a crucial matchup in this series; the Flames are favored at -160.
Oilers Look To Take Game 1
The Oilers looked very inconsistent in round 1 against the Kings, but they gained loads of momentum at the end of the series. The Oilers were down in the series 3-2 going at one point, but they managed to win two games in a row to move on to round 2.
The Oilers’ biggest strength this playoffs has been their explosive offense. The Oilers managed to score a very high 27 goals in round 1. The Oilers’ offense was led by captain Connor McDavid who recorded 14 points in round 1.
The Oilers’ defense has been their biggest weakness as they allowed a combined nine goals in Game 4 and 5 in round one. The defense did look very solid in Game 7 as they shut out the flames.
The Oilers’ offense needs to stay hot if they want to win Game 1.
Flames Look For Win At Home
The Flames looked very solid in round 1 as they defeated the Stars in 7 games to advance to round 2. The Flames defeated the Stars at home in Game 7 to advance to the second round. The Flames will have a home-ice advantage in Game 1 in round 2.
The Flames’ defense looked phenomenal in round 1 as they only allowed a very low 14 goals against. The Flames’ defense has been their biggest strength this season, and goaltender Jacob Markstrom looked incredible in Game 1.
The Flames’ offense struggled immensely in round 1. The Flames only scored a very low 15 goals in round 1. The Flames’ offense needs to get hot if they want to take down the Oilers in round 2.
The Flames need to find offense and continue to play stellar defense if they want to win Game 1.
Oilers/Flames Betting Prediction
This game is going to be a close one, but I believe that the Flames will win a crucial Game 1. The Flames have such good defense, and with Jacob Markstrom in the net, I see the Oilers having a tough time scoring goals.
The Flames’ offense did struggle in round 1, but the Oilers have one of the weakest offenses in the NHL. The Oilers may have a very explosive offense, but the Flames’ defense is going to be too hard to overcome.
The Flames’ moneyline at -160 is the pick of the night.
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