Edmonton Oilers vs Montreal Canadiens 04/05/2021 NHL Game Analysis, Picks & Odds
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Edmonton Oilers vs Montreal Canadiens 04/05/2021 – Two North division rivals looking to fortify their respective positions above the playoff line meet on Monday as the Montreal Canadiens host the Edmonton Oilers, 07:00 PM Eastern Time inside the Bell Centre in Quebec. The Oilers bagged their 23rd win of the season after a 3-2 win against the Calgary Flames on Friday. The Canadiens, meanwhile, absorbed a stunning 3-6 defeat against a reeling Ottawa Senators squad on Saturday that snapped a three-game winning run. Despite this, Montreal is favored to win at -130 against the second-placed Oilers based on the best sportsbook online. Fans can catch the game live on ESPN+ and on NHL.TV.
Edmonton Oilers vs Montreal Canadiens 04/05/2021
When: Monday, April 5, 7:00 PM ET
Where: Bell Centre, Montreal, Quebec
Edmonton Oilers vs Montreal Canadiens 04/05/2021 Betting Odds:
The Edmonton Oilers remain right on target to finish the regular season as the top team in the North as they jockey for the position against current top team Toronto Maple Leafs and the Winnipeg Jets. Achieving that goal will require a greater amount of commitment from every member of the team. And from the looks of it, it appears that the team is really determined to enter the postseason as a solid contender. Edmonton is coming off a 3-2 victory over the Calgary Flames on Friday – their fifth win in their last seven games. The Oilers admit that each assignment is now treated like a playoff game and that their recent performance is just a by-product of their hard work and focus to achieve the ultimate goal, which is to win the championship.
Players to watch: C. McDavid C (G 22 A 42 PTS 64), L. Draisaitl C (G 19 A 37 PTS 56), T. Barrie D (G 5 A 27 PTS 32).
The Canadiens lamented their performance as they were caught on the wrong foot by the Senators in their last game. Montreal’s defense was exposed by Ottawa that resulted in a rare offensive outburst for the latter. The team rued such a performance as “unfortunate.” Essentially, losing by a wide margin against the worst team in the division is the last thing that should happen, especially for a team securing a spot in the playoffs. But it has already happened, and the Canadiens just have to shake off the frustration and shift their focus on to the next game, this time against a legitimate contender in Edmonton. Montreal is trailing the Oilers by six points in the race, 41-47; but given that they have more games to play than their rivals in the division, the team is still in a good position to give the top three teams, including the Oilers, a run for their money.
Players to watch: T. Toffoli RW (G 19 A 9 PTS 28), J. Petry D (G 11 A 16 PTS 27), T. Tatar LW (G 7 A 16 PTS 23).
Edmonton Oilers vs Montreal Canadiens Betting Predictions
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Edmonton’s last 6 games.
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Montreal’s last 5 games against Edmonton.
Oilers vs Canadiens Betting Picks
Teams are now entering the more crucial stages of the season. For the Oilers and Canadiens, who are both close to securing a ticket to the playoffs, each game now has a greater bearing than it has during the first half of the season. Expect a dogfight on Monday. It will be a highly defensive and physical battle on ice with neither team gaining a safe edge for the earlier periods of the game. But as it goes down to the wire, the Oilers will deliver the game-changing plays to spoil the Canadiens’ home-ice advantage. Bettors must take advantage of Edmonton’s value price in the top betting odds for NHL for this game. The Oilers’ firepower will be unleashed come winning time as they are set to send the Canadiens to their second straight defeat.
Score Prediction: Oilers 3, Canadiens 2.