The Edmonton Oilers take on the St. Louis Blues with the home team Blues being slightly favored per the NHL odds. The Oilers have shaken off their funk and were on fire, though quarantine and injuries have decimated both them and the Blues. We uncover the latest news, stats, and injury reports for this Wednesday’s game.
Edmonton Oilers (18-11-0) vs St. Louis Blues (17-9-5)
A Constant Climb For Embattled Blues
With the recent COVID outbreaks, chalk this up to yet another thing that St. Louis has to overcome. The team has seemingly been dealing with lots of injuries since the previous two seasons. But among the Blues’ missing players are Ivan Barbashev and Jordan Kyrou, two of their top-four scorers.
Jordan Binnington returns to take the reins in net. He was on a bit of a cold streak before the break so the extra rest could be good for the mercurial talent.
The absences may make a dent in the Blues’ top-end special teams, which has kept them prolific. St. Louis is +12 on special teams and they average the fifth-most goals and the third-best power play (PP). If “good Binnington” is in net, the Blues are rightful favorites on the online sports betting lines.
Two Oilers Is All You Need, Right?
The quarantine is starting to deplete Edmonton’s roster with notables like Darnell Nurse and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins being out. But last we checked, Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl are still playing. And Mike Smith has a chance to get back in the crease.
Smith or Mikko Koskinen will be shaky in net, but if the rest has revitalized them that could just push the Oilers. McDavid and/or Draisaitl will score per usual. The duo has eight combined points in Edmonton’s last two wins but St. Louis will be a step up from Seattle and Columbus.
Connor McDavid. Celine Dion. Magic. pic.twitter.com/9rhggCvUPF
— Sid Seixeiro (@Sid_Seixeiro) November 6, 2021
Even with their special teams cooling off, Edmonton still leads the league with a whopping 31.9% PP rate. It is +14 on special teams, which is what makes or breaks this fringe contender.
Edmonton Oilers vs St. Louis Blues Head to Head
|10.34%||Power Play %||22.86%|
|77.14%||Penalty Kill %||89.66%|
Edmonton Oilers vs St. Louis Blues Game Information
Date: December 28, 2021
Time: 8:30 PM ET
Location: Enterprise Center
Edmonton Oilers vs St. Louis Blues Live Stream: NHL Live
Edmonton Oilers vs St. Louis Blues Betting Lines
|Puck Line||-1½ |
Edmonton Oilers vs St. Louis Blues Prediction
Bet online on the team with the best players: Edmonton. Even if the NHL is a team game more than anything and the Oilers’ already thin roster is even thinner, the Blues are not bulletproof. This team is built more on offense and is allowing the most scoring chances at home.
That is a recipe for disaster against McDavid and Draisaitl, who also lead the PP that is scoring at a 36.9% rate on the road. If either Smith or Koskinen don’t crap the bed, Edmonton stands a good chance at upsetting the Blues here.
Pick: Edmonton Oilers +120
But of course, there will be plenty of scoring here. We already have two of the NHL’s most potent offenses and power plays plus inconsistent netminding. There is a reason 16 of Edmonton’s 29 games have gone over, including five of their last seven road games.
Pick: Over 6 (-120)
Parlay: Blues and Under 6 at +300