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(38-22-8) Edmonton Oilers vs. St. Louis Blues (31-25-5)
Date: Tuesday February 28th
Time: 8:00 PM
Venue: Scottrade Center, St. Louis, MO
NHL Hockey Moneyline Odds: Blues -125
NHL Hockey Puck Line Odds: Off
NHL Betting Total: 5.0
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The Oilers and Blues will meet for the third and final time in the 2016-17 season, with the Oilers leading the series by two games to none. Both teams will get a few days off following this game, which is the last for both before the trade deadline.
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Last year’s Western Conference finalists seem to be missing something this year. They don’t seem to have that same level of dominance that they were able to find for long spells a year ago.
Perhaps it was the departure of captain David Backes, or maybe the team is distracted by the contract situation/trade rumours surrounding Kevin Shattenkirk.
Either way, the Blues haven’t really been blowing the doors off anyone, at least not with regularity and this is certainly a “show me” game for the Blues, who currently reside in the final playoff spot in the Western Conference.
Defensive misgivings along with some shaky goaltending have been one of the major downfalls of this team this season. The Blues, along with the Calgary Flames, are the only two teams out of 16 who sit in playoff spots at the moment who have negative goal differentials.
St. Louis sits at -5 on the season with 172 goals scored against 177 surrendered.
Lacklustre defense can sometimes be masked with an offensive outburst, but the Blues’ goal scoring has gone quiet of late, and during their current three-game losing streak, the Blues have managed just five goals.
You wouldn’t really call the Oilers the “anti-Blues”, but in many ways they do fit the description. Where the Blues are perhaps best known for playing a heavy, tight checking style, the Oilers have lots of speed and skill to burn and want to entice their opponents into a track meet.
It’s worked thus far this season against the Blues for Edmonton, as they’ve managed a pair of wins (3-1, and 3-2 in OT) in the first two meetings between the two.
Edmonton’s ability to score in bunches is a nightmare for a team like the Blues who rely on a possession-style game and grinding away for their goals (with the obvious exception of Vladamir Tarasenko).
The Oilers showed just how quickly they can score their way out of trouble in the Sunday contest with the Predators, but they also showed how quickly they can let things get away from them as well.
Edmonton played an action-packed 5-4 game with the Preds, falling behind 3-1 and 4-2 before battling back to tie the score.
They just caught a bad break that Cam Talbot was off and was beaten five times on just 28 shots, and to the Predators’ credit, they’ve been filling the net of late, scoring 19 goals in their last four games.
If Edmonton can keep their scoring up, they can likely run away from the Blues early, and St. Louis hasn’t shown on many occasions the ability to put up goals in a hurry.
NHL Betting Trends:
- Under is 8-2 in EDM last 10 road games.
- Under is 8-2 in EDM last 10 games as an underdog.
- EDM are 12-41 in their last 53 Tue. games.
- Under is 5-2-1 in STL last 8 vs. Pacific.
- Favorite is 13-4 in the last 17 meetings.
- EDM are 7-19 in the last 26 meetings.
Free Edmonton vs. St. Louis NHL Hockey Prediction:
Edmonton is wrapping up a long road trip, and haven’t played at home since February 16th. I always like the underdog at the end of a road trip as they have a tendency to leave it all out on the ice, knowing they’re heading home for a few days of rest.
The Blues have dropped three straight and haven’t looked great in a while.
4* Free NHL Betting Pick: Edmonton +113
It’s a nice “underdog” pick for a team that has already beaten the Blues twice this season and allowed just three goals against them in the process.
St. Louis has struggled to find the net, and I don’t think they will settle back down until after trade deadline day when the whole Shattenkirk fiasco is over. Go with the Oil in this game.
NHL Free Score Prediction: Edmonton 3 – 2 St. Louis
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