Chicago remains invincible in regulation time after 18 games and has an excellent chance of extending the streak with a match against Edmonton. The Blackhawks put together the best start in NHL history and have won 7 out of 8 games played at United Center.
Match: Chicago Blackhawks vs Edmonton Oilers
Bet: Chicago Blackhawks
Odds: Unibet 1.85
There are many factors that can be cited to explain Chicago’s success this season, but it is only fair to say that the goalkeepers have been the artisans of this hot streak. Corey Crawford made an impressive return against Columbus, saving 28 shots after suffering from upper body injury. He won eight of his last 11 starts and conceded 1.5 goals per match, but coach Quenneville might choose to rest him against the Oilers. Backup goalkeeper Ray Emery has a slightly higher number of goals conceded but his percentage is just as impressive with seven consecutive victories.
The Blackhawks won’t have to deal with a very offensive team tonight, although Edmonton has defeated them in the last four games. There percentage against the Oilers is downright frightening, but this is the perfect moment to meet their conference rivals. If there is one hockey player that stands out from the crowd, then this has to be a right wing Jordan Eberle who has scored six goals in the last four games.
Chicago needs to keep Jordan in check while sticking to their hyper offensive strategy, if they are to break the winless string of matches against the Oilers. Bookmakers are trusting the hosts to expand their red hot streak and Unibet credits them with odds of 1.85 to secure victory in regulation time.