Edmonton Oilers vs. Calgary Flames Prediction, Tips & Odds – May 25, 2022 03:30 CET
After a memorable 9:6 win in the series opener, the Calgary Flames had no answers for Edmonton´s offense in the last two games. The Oilers mounted a comeback win in game 2 in Calgary and then took the lead in game 3 at home with a sensational second period scoring four unanswered goals. The Flames have all it takes to tie the series so there is no doubt it will be another action-packed match at the Rogers Place.
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When everyone thought we were going to be in for another high-scoring game, the Oilers managed to shut down the Flames in game 3 and take a crucial 2:1 lead in the series. After conceding a total of 12 goals in the opening two games, they kept the Flames scoreless in game 3 until the very end when they scored a consolation goal in a convincing 4:1 loss.
Connor McDavid is playing at an incredible level and has been unstoppable so far notching a total of 20 points in the playoffs. His main partner in crime, Leon Draisaitl, is playing through a serious injury that hasn´t prevented him to showcase his talent and be of use to Edmonton´s offense. Calgary will have to find the answers to stop them but after the initial three games it seems they just can´t be denied.
Even when they are not scoring, the Oilers have plenty of other weapons in their offense. In an impressive second period of game 3, which the Oilers won 4:0, an unexpected hero arose as Edmonton´s Evander Kane scored one of fastest NHL playoff hat tricks ever in a span of just six minutes.
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The Flames have conceded a total of 15 goals in three games which gives an average of five goals per game. Extremely worrying if we know their defense was statistically at the top of the Western Conference in the regular season. As Edmonton continues to battle with certain injuries at the back, there is no doubt Calgary will continue to generate plenty of chances led by their superstar top unit of Gaudreau–Lindholm–Tkachuk.
However, offense and goals won´t be enough to turn things around and win the series. Despite all the offensive talent the Oilers possess, Calgary´s defense and netminder Jacob Markstrom have been way below their level so far.
In the previous round the LA Kings proved Edmonton´s offense can be stifled. It is true the Flames are dealing with the injury of one of their top defenders Chris Tanev, whose status remains unknown, but they have all the potential to play much better defensively.
Did someone say Battle of Alberta!?
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Edmonton Oilers vs Calgary Flames Prediction
It is more than obvious what has been the main focus of the Flames in preparation for game 4. They have to react defensively and tighten things up because the current style of play will not get them anywhere. We expect to see them at a much higher defensive level and will back the Total Under option for 1.75 at 22Bet without possible overtime/penalties.
Prediction: Total Under 6.5
Date and time: 25.05.2022 03:30 CET