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Oilers vs. Flames NHL Odds, Predictions: Algorithm Picks for Game 1 (Wednesday, May 18)

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Edmonton Oilers vs. Calgary Flames Odds

Oilers Odds -200
Flames Odds +170
Over/Under 6.5 (+104/-124)
Date Wednesday, May 18
Time 3 p.m. ET
TV ESPN+

*Odds are current as of Wednesday afternoon

Wednesday’s set of Game 1s have a lot to live up to after a tense slate on Tuesday night.

The St. Louis Blues pushed the Stanley Cup favorite Colorado Avalanche to the brink in their series’ Game 1 before the best team eventually won out in overtime.

Meanwhile, the Lightning had a controversial goal granted late in the third period that put the game to bed. A final score of 4-1 doesn’t accurately reflect how close the contest was throughout.

Our betting models had plays on both of those contests. A $100 bettor would have netted a solid 14.5% return on investment had they tailed all three of the picks.

Tonight, this matchup between the Oilers and Flames is the only one with a betting algorithm edge.

Our models are player-level, so they factor in all the injuries and COVID-related absences that have made handicapping NHL games so fickle this season.

Our algorithms think there’s value on one side of the total tonight.

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