Free NHL Picks Today: Montreal Canadiens vs Edmonton Oilers 2/12/23

Free NHL Picks Today: Montreal Canadiens vs Edmonton Oilers 2/12/23
Sun 12th February 2023

The Edmonton Oilers (30-18-5), the league’s top power play offense, are on the road to face the Montreal Canadiens (21-27-4) and their weak penalty killing defense at Bell Centre on Sunday. Both teams will be playing the second of a back-to-back.

The Oilers are 4-2 without a day off, while the Canadiens are 4-3. Edmonton is playing their last of four games on the road coming off a high-scoring 6-3 win over the Senators yesterday.

The Oilers committed five penalties in the game, conceding one power play goal. Six players found the net for the Oilers. Connor McDavid scored and provided two assists to lead the team in scoring. Jack Campbell only saved 26 of 29 shots (.896%) in the win.

Montreal beat the Islanders 4-3 (OT) yesterday. Four players found the net for the Canadiens. Mike Hoffman had three assists to lead the team in scoring. Sam Montembeault surrendered three goals on 30 shots (.900%).


The Oilers won the first meeting between the teams this season, a 5-3 victory in December. McDavid (2G 2A) and Leon Draisaitl (1G 3A) each had four points to lead Edmonton. Nick Suzuki, Arber Xhekaj, and Evgenii Dadonov were on the scoresheet for Montreal. Stuart Skinner got the win, saving 30 of 33 shots (.909%).


Edmonton is averaging 3.75 goals per game for the season, best in the NHL. The visitors will hope to improve on that figure against a Canadiens team that is allowing 3.69 goals a game (28th).

Meanwhile, Montreal has found the net 2.58 times a game on average, 29th in the league, and the Oilers are allowing opponents to score 3.15 goals per game (19th).

Montreal averages fewer shots per game (27.9) than most teams in the league, ranking 30th. With an average of 33.1 attempts, Edmonton ranks eighth.

The Oilers will be looking to add to their No. 1-ranked power play percentage of 32.07% against the Canadiens, who are the league’s third-weakest penalty killing team (72.78%).

Montreal, meanwhile, has scored on just 15.43% of their power play opportunities (32nd), which the home team will be aiming to improve on against Edmonton’s 21st-ranked 76.60% penalty killing rate.


With 97 points this season, McDavid is the top skater for the Oilers. He has 42 goals and 55 assists in 53 games. In the net, Skinner (13-10-4) is Edmonton’s top goaltender.

He has a 2.84 GAA and a .916% save percentage. Suzuki leads the Canadiens in scoring with 41 points. He has 17 goals and 24 assists. Jake Allen (10-17-2) is the top goalie for Montreal with a goals against average of 3.58. He has a save percentage of .891%.


Edmonton is 17-7-2 away from Rogers Place this season. Montreal is 12-14-1 at home this season.

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