Connor McDavid and the Edmonton Oilers host star rookie Connor Bedard and the Chicago Blackhawks on Tuesday night in a matchup between two teams headed in opposite directions. Blackhawks-Oilers starts at 10 p.m. Eastern on ESPN.
While the Oilers have won seven games in a row and are in fifth place in the Pacific Division, the Hawks have been one of the worst teams in the league this season.
Here’s a look at the Blackhawks vs Oilers odds, picks, and predictions.
Blackhawks vs Oilers Odds: Puck Line, Moneyline, Total
The Oilers, led by McDavid, have bounced back from a rough start to the year with wins in their last seven games. Edmonton’s last loss came on Nov. 22 in a 6-3 defeat on the road against Carolina. McDavid once again leads his team in assists (26) and points (36), but the Oilers’ top goal scorer is Zach Hyman, who has scored 15 to McDavid’s 10.
Bedard has been a bright spot, but the Blackhawks have struggled on both ends of the ice en route to a 9-17-1 record that is among the worst in the NHL. Chicago has scored the second-fewest goals in the league, and they’ve also struggled defensively, as they’ve given up nearly 3.5 goals per game.
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Chicago Blackhawks (9-17-1, 13-14 ATS)
The Blackhawks have dealt with a number of issues this season, but they do have a young star in Bedard. So far, he has lived up to the massive hype that’s surrounded him for years, with 11 goals and 12 assists on a team asking him to lead its offense. He is the early frontrunner to win NHL Rookie of the Year at to take home the award.
Bedard’s top teammates on this rebuilding franchise, which parted ways with Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews in the last year, include Philipp Kurashev (16 points) and Jason Dickinson (14 points).
Edmonton Oilers (12-12-1, 9-16 ATS)
McDavid is the first name fans think of when the Oilers come to mind, but Leon Draisaitl (11 goals, 21 assists) is another legitimate star in his own right. Between McDavid, Draisaitl, and Hyman, the Oilers have a top-10 offense (their 88 goals scored are the ninth-most in the league). Offensively, this team has been firing on all cylinders throughout the current winning streak, with at least four goals scored in six of their last seven. Against a struggling Blackhawks team, it’s hard to see anything other than another big night for McDavid, Draisaitl, and Co. on Tuesday.
Blackhawks vs Oilers Prediction
This one looks one-sided on paper, but it will still be worth watching to see McDavid and Bedard on the ice at the same time. Bedard and the Blackhawks will not have a ton of nationally televised showcases this season, but Tuesday night will give the league’s top young star a big showcase and an opportunity to upset one of the hottest teams in the league right now.
As for whether Chicago can keep up with Edmonton at Rogers Place, that feels unlikely based on the Blackhawks’ current form (4-5-1 in the last 10 games). There’s no value in taking Edmonton on the moneyline, so consider taking the Oilers on the spread at -1.5 goals.
Pick: Oilers (-1.5 at time of publishing)
How To Watch Blackhawks vs Oilers
- Date: Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2023
- Puck Drop: 10:00 p.m. ET
- Location: Rogers Place — Edmonton
- Where to Watch: ESPN