Flames vs. Oilers Stanley Cup Playoffs Game 3 Picks for May 22

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Milan Lucic #17 of the Calgary Flames carries the puck against Cody Ceci #5 of the Edmonton Oilers during the third period of Game Two. (Photo by Derek Leung / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / Getty Images via AFP)

The Flames and Oilers, each winning a game apiece, will continue their second-round series clash as the venue shifts to Edmonton for Game 3 on Sunday night. Let’s discuss this matchup and keep cashing our NHL picks

Flames vs. Oilers 

Friday, May 22, 2022 – 08:00 PM EDT at Rogers Place

The Flames had flexed their offensive muscles in the opening game of the series with a 9-6 win over another offensively talented team in the Edmonton Oilers. Calgary’s Matthew Tkachuk copped the No. 1 star of the game with a hat trick, of which his first goal was the only power-play tally of the night.

Teammate Blake Coleman chipped in a pair of goals of his own while Edmonton’s Zach Hyman had two lamplighters to lead the Oilers. 

In total, 15 goals were scored but Calgary owned a 48-28 shot advantage and chased Oilers’ netminder, Mike Smith, after three first-period goals. The 40-year-old veteran would be replaced by the mercurial Mikko Koskinen who saw his first action of the postseason and allowed five goals on 37 shots.  

"We scored six goals. That should be enough to win," said Oilers' coach Jay Woodcroft. "There's a lot of things we can do better. Not one of us was where we needed to be to start the game. You don't draw up giving up two goals on the first two shifts." 

Oilers Look Slick in Game 2 

There was some debate as to which goalie the Oilers would start in Game 2 but head coach Jay Woodcroft went back to Smith who had started all seven games against the Kings in the previous series. It was a smooth move by the coach as Smith rebounded from a dismal performance to save 37 of 40 shots in the Oilers’ 5-3 victory on Friday night.  

Edmonton continued its assault in the offensive zone and launched 40 shots of its own with five finding the mark past Calgary goalie, Jacob Markstrom. The Flames jumped out to a 2-0 first-period advantage before Duncan Keith would cut the lead in half entering the second frame.  

But it looked like it was going to be Calgary’s night when they struck again, extending their lead to 3-1 and looking to take a commanding 2-0 series lead. However, it was all Edmonton from then on as they scored the next four goals coming off of the sticks of Connor McDavid, Evan Bouchard (Power Play), Zach Hyman (Short Handed), and Leon Draisaitl. 

Conor McDavid notched a goal and an assist in the Game 2 victory and the Oilers’ captain became the fastest player to tally 20 points (6 goals, 14 assists over nine games) in a postseason since Mario Lemieux did it in 1992.  

“He’s willing to pay a price to win. He’s driven to win,” Oilers coach Jay Woodcroft said. “He has an effect on everybody in our organization with that desire to take his game to the next level. ... The way his guy is playing right now, it’s special. He’s driving our team forward.” 

Side Trends 

  • Oilers are 8-1 in their last 9 when the opponent allows 5 goals or more in their previous game. 
  • Oilers are 3-0 vs. the Flames over their last three meetings in Edmonton. 
  • Oilers are 9-2 in their last 11 after scoring 5 goals or more in their previous game. 
  • Flames are 1-4 in their last 5 games as a road favorite. 
  • Flames are 1-4 in their last 5 road games. 

Total Trends 

  • Over is 5-0 in Flames' last 5 vs. Pacific. 
  • Over is 3-0-1 in Flames' last 4 vs. a team with a winning record. 
  • Over is 6-1 in Flames' last 7 when the opponent scores 5 goals or more in their previous game. 
  • Over is 6-1 in Oilers' last 7 Conference Semifinals games. 
  • Over is 8-2-2 in the Oilers' last 12 Sunday games. 
  • Over is 16-6 in the Oilers' last 22 home games. 

How to Bet on Oilers vs. Flames Game 3 

Two things are obvious after a pair of playoff games between these offensive powerhouses. The first is that they are both living up to their lofty reputations as goal-scoring juggernauts. The second is that their respective defenses and goalies are not up to the task of containing the respective offenses. And I don’t see much changing in this one despite the change in venue. 

The NHL odds at many of the top-rated online sportsbooks and betting sites are dealing the Flames as -120 road chalk but I’m not quite sure why. The Oilers have defeated Calgary in their last three meetings at Rogers Place with the most recent occurring on January 22nd when Edmonton prevailed 5-3. 

If the books want to give us a few pennies in vig for backing the home dog in this one then we will happily oblige and watch another high scoring affair. Take the Oilers and go over on Sunday night.  

NHL Pick: Oilers (+109) at BetOnline (visit our BetOnline Review)

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NHL Pick: Over 6 ½ (-135) at Bovada (visit our Bovada Review)

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