Edmonton Oilers vs. St. Louis Blues - 1/7/14
St. Louis Blues (29-7-5) at Edmonton Oilers (14-26-5)
NHL Hockey: Tuesday, January 7, 2014 at 9:30 pm (Rexall Place)
The Line: Edmonton Oilers +157 / St. Louis Blues -173 --- Over/Under: 5.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: FS-MW, SNET-W
On Tuesday night the Edmonton fans will have the pleasure of seeing one of the class teams of the NHL, unfortunately it will not be the home team. The St. Louis Blues travel to Rexall Place to face off against the Western Conference’s last place team, the Edmonton Oilers.
The St. Louis Blues, who currently sit in second place in the Western Conference behind the Central Division rival Chicago Blackhawks, own the leagues best goal differential. This is one of the most telling statistics for prospecting the future success of any given team, and the Blues are by far the best in the NHL at plus 55, which is 11 more than the second best team. This is due in large part to the St. Louis goaltending duo of Jaroslav Halak and Brian Elliot. Halak is expected back against Edmonton, a team that he has owned in the past, but has missed the previous four games due to an illness. The Blues have only one loss in the last seven games, which came in a shootout on the road in Calgary, and the team has covered the puck line in four of the last eight games.
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Edmonton was able to briefly stop the bleeding with a home victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Sunday. However, the schedule is no friend to the Oilers. Edmonton faces the Blues, Penguins, and Blackhawks in the next three contests. Taylor Hall continues to stay hot for Edmonton with two goals and six helpers in his last five games, which has cemented him into the team lead with 41 points.
In the previous meeting between these two teams, Blues winger Alex Steen was knocked out of the game with a concussion that has kept him sidelined indefinitely. In that game, St. Louis won handily by a score of 6-0 in Edmonton. Normally, I would look to factor in a revenge angle on the part of the Oilers, but here the revenge exists on both sides as the Blues lost the team’s scoring leader. The Blues are 6-1 in the last seven meetings between these two teams, and the road team is 4-1 in the last five. It is hard to see Edmonton giving St. Louis any trouble in this game, so I’ll opt for the puck line with the Blues.