Oilers vs Flames Game 2 Odds, Pick, and Prediction
The Battle of Alberta started perfectly in the eyes of fans and sports bettors alike. In an offensive outburst, Calgary took Game 1 by a score of 9-6. In the Oilers vs Flames Game 2 odds, Calgary are listed as heavy favorites yet again. Puck drop is set for May 20th, 2022 at 10:30 PM EST at the Scotiabank Saddledome. The NHL Playoff odds for this matchup indicate Edmonton only has a 40.82 implied winning percentage. Mike Smith had a rough go in Game 1, getting pulled in the first half of the first period after the Flames scored three quick goals. Can he bounceback in Game 2? Let’s take a look at the Oilers vs Flames Game 2 odds as I breakdown my best pick for the game.
Oilers vs Flames Game 2 Odds
|Edmonton Oilers||+145||+1.5 (-160)||O 6.5 (-115)|
|Calgary Flames||-175||-1.5 (+135)||U 6.5 (-105)|
Odds are courtesy of BetMGM Ontario sports betting markets list the Flames to win by two or more goals at +135 in this all-Canadian matchup. The over/under is set at 6.5 after the 15-goal outburst in Game 1.
Calgary Favored in NHL Playoff Game 2 Odds
The Flames got off to a hot start, and maybe it was somewhat expected. The Flames had massive shot volume in their first 2022 NHL Playoff series against the Stars, but Jake Oettinger played so well that they converted very few times. The Flames totaled just 15 goals in seven games, with the under hitting in five of those matchups. Calgary’s Expected Goals rate in Game 1 was 5.24, so the fact that they scored nine goals proves that the Flames were up against some poor goaltending. Mike Smith’s Goals Saved Above Expected rate was -1.85, while Mikko Koskinen’s was -1.67. https://twitter.com/hockey_ref/status/1527333286636183552 It’s evident now why the Flames had shorter Stanley Cup odds heading into Round 2 compared to the Oilers’ odds. But did the Flames actually play that well as a whole? The Oilers scored six goals with an expected goals rate of just 2.21. It’s clear the Oilers had their goaltending struggles, but Jacob Markstrom didn’t play stellar either.
Edmonton’s Positive NHL Playoff Game 2 History
The Oilers got off to a really bad start. After a few squeakers got past Mike Smith, it was nearly impossible to comeback. However, they did it tying 6-6 at one point, however, goaltending let them down yet again. Luckily for the Oilers, historically, they’ve been excellent in Game 2’s in the NHL Playoffs.
Recent Edmonton Oilers Game 2 Playoff History
|Wednesday, May 4, 2022||Kings 0 Oilers 6|
|Friday, May 21, 2021||Jets 1 Oilers 0|
|Monday, August 3, 2020||Blackhawks 3 Oilers 6|
|Friday, April 28th, 2017||Oilers 2 Ducks 1|
|Friday, April 14th, 2017||Sharks 0 Oilers 2|
The table illustrates that the Oilers are 5-0 ATS and 4-1 straight up in their last five NHL Playoff Game 2s. Looking even further back, they are 8-1 ATS and 6-3 straight up in their last nine Game 2s. After a loss against a close rival where they played poorly defensively and didn’t reach their full offensive potential that we’ve seen, I think the Oilers are in a good spot to bounceback.
Oilers vs Flames Game 2 Pick and Prediction
Calgary has now won three straight against the Oilers, winning 9-6, 9-5, and 3-1. The home team is also 6-0 in their last six meetings, so I think as the away team the Oilers can steal one here. One thing’s for sure, this game will be a lot closer. That’s why, I will have a bigger play on Oilers +1.5 at -165. Not the glamorous play in the Oilers vs Flames Game 2 odds, however, the historical aspect backs the price of the bet. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ckxdA8cbqsk The NHL public betting trends indicate a lot of money will be on the Flames as game time approaches. I think Game 2 will be a little tighter, and barring a 3-goal Calgary lead within the first few minutes, I think Edmonton keeps it close and even end up winning. Bettors looking to bet Oilers moneyline should look to Caesars Sportsbook since they have a better price at +150 in the Oilers vs Flames odds. Picks: Oilers +1.5 (-160) 1 unit at BetMGM, Oilers ML (+150) 0.5 units at Caesars Sportsbook
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