Edmonton Oilers vs. St. Louis Blues - 2/28/15 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
St. Louis Blues (39-18-4) at Edmonton Oilers (18-34-10)
NHL Hockey: Saturday, February 28, 2015 at 10:00 pm (Rexall Place)
The Line: Edmonton Oilers +188 / St. Louis Blues -210 --- Over/Under: 5 See the Latest Odds
The St. Louis Blues have not played their best hockey of late but they’re hoping that Thursday night’s win over the Winnipeg Jets is a building block as they head into March. St. Louis is just 5-5-0 in their last 10 games and they’ve lost three of their last five overall. The Blues are in the midst of a five game road trip where they’ve got some winnable games, but right now it’s all about finding their game again. The loss of Kevin Shattenkirk has been a big blow for the club and they haven’t been the same since the start of his absence. One thing that they’re going to need no matter what is for Brian Elliot to a legitimate No. 1 goaltender for them. Elliot was strong against the Jets, especially early on in a first period that saw the Blues get out shot 11-4. Elliot kept the game scoreless and allowed St. Louis to find their game a little bit in the second period. With under two minutes remaining in the period Patrick Berglund scored his eighth goal of the season to get the Blues on the board. Winnipeg would tie the game early in the third and after a scoreless overtime session it was Elliot coming up big in the shootout. After Vladimir Tarasenko beat Matt Hutchinson, Elliot almost had the game sealed when Andrew Ladd’s shot just got through him and over the line to tie things up. But Alexander Steen came right back down to score the game winner and lift the Blues to the 2-1 win. Now St. Louis needs to find a way to string some wins together here with a game in Edmonton and matches with the Flyers and Maple Leafs also on the horizon.
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It’s rare you see a club that’s in Edmonton’s position and think that it might make sense for them to keep winning games and not tank for the No. 1 overall pick. With prospects like Connor McDavid and Jack Eichel on the horizon a lot of people would argue that’s crazy, but this is an Edmonton team that has had the first overall pick numerous times and it still hasn’t mattered. Anyone who thinks that drafting a McDavid or Eichel is going to solves Edmonton’s problems is sorely mistaken. This is an organization that has a culture of losing that is permeating through it and winning hockey games and caring about winning is what this club needs. The Oilers have done a much better job of that of late, at least by their standings. Edmonton is 4-5-1 in their last 10 games and are coming off a 2-1 win on the road against one of the hottest teams in the league, the Minnesota Wild. Benoit Pouliot did all the scoring for the Oilers with two first period goals, giving him 13 on the season. Thomas Vanek tied the game briefly for the Wild but Pouliot answered 32 seconds later. Edmonton managed just 10 shots over the course of the final two periods and were bailed out by goaltender Ben Scrivens who stopped 33 shots on the night to pick up his 12th win of the year.
St. Louis hasn’t looked great lately but they’re heavy favorites in this one for a reason. Taking the Blues on the puck line is the only way to go in this one.