There is a mismatch on the Bet365 National Hockey League betting board when Chicago hosts Edmonton tonight. The Blackhawks are aiming to improve their playoff positioning while the Oilers will miss the NHL postseason party for a ninth straight season. Puck drop is slated for 8:30 PM ET on March 6, 2015, at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois. Hop on the Hawks bandwagon here.
Chicago Blackhawks: NHL Playoff push is on in the Windy City
Dealt a blow, when they lost NHL scoring leader Patrick Kane (64 points) to a clavicle fracture on February 24, Chicago continues to soldier on. The Blackhawks won the game when they lost Kane 3-0 versus Florida and they were blanked 4-0 by Tampa Bay prior to crushing Carolina 5-2 on Monday night. Chicago is eight points behind Nashville, with two games in hand, and four points back of the Blues in the Central Division playoff race. With ten of the Hawks last 17 games being against playoff contenders – Chicago needs to make hay when the meet NHL cellar dwellers.
Edmonton Oilers: Occupying the Western Conference cellar and battling Buffalo overall
Although obtaining the first overall NHL draft pick three straight years (2010-12) hasn’t helped them post a winning season, Edmonton is well positioned in the 2015 top prospect Connor McDavid race. With three points separating them in the Battle for Basement, Buffalo and Edmonton have both played 64 games. Sitting last overall, the Sabres own the best shot (20%) at the first selection while the Oilers are second with a 13.5% chance. Looking like they are in “tank mode” Edmonton is 2-5-1 over their last eight games – getting outscored by a 29-16 combined count.
Blackhawks vs Oilers Final Observation: These teams split the first two of their three-game season series as the Chicago posted a 7-1 win at home in November but lost 5-2 in Edmonton on January 7, 2015. The Hawks have won five of the last six meetings by a 30-15 combined margin. We have loaded up on the Blackhawks with a 1,000 unit wager on the money line price posted at Bet365.
Chicago Blackhawks vs Edmonton Oilers – Bet365 NHL Puck Wagering Lines
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