St. Louis Blues (12-15-4) at Edmonton Oilers (18-13-3)
|Date & Time||Tuesday December 18, 2018, 9:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Edmonton Oilers -182 / St. Louis Blues +138 --- Over/Under: 5.5
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The Edmonton Oilers look to stay red hot on home ice as they welcome the St. Louis Blues to town on Tuesday night who have had their way in this series over the years.
The Blues look to continue their recent success when playing in Edmonton with a victory on Tuesday night and if they can they would improve to 8-2 in their last 10 trips to the City of Champions. St. Louis has had a tough go to start the season and have been particularly weak on the road which is terrible news for them here as they face off against former head coach Ken Hitchcock who has turned around the Oilers in his short tenure. The Blues are destined for a fire sale and some potential franchise altering trades if they can’t right the ship in a hurry and a loss on the road in this one is looking highly probable according to odds makers. The Blues have lost 6 games in a row against Pacific division foes while the Oilers have won 6 games in a row on home ice.
The Oilers meanwhile have looked like a completely different team since they brought in Ken Hitchcock and the decision to go with Miikko Koskinen as their starting goaltender has looked like a brilliant decision as he has looked outstanding this season. Edmonton is coming off a down season and one that was filled with such excitement and expectations but they weathered the storm and are looking like a group that is more than capable of getting back to the playoffs this season. Edmonton is led by Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl but the play of some of their periphery pieces has been the difference and the biggest benefactor has been Alex Chiasson who has already netted a career high in goals.
The Blues are 4-9 in their last 13 road games but are 7-3 in their last 10 trips to Edmonton while the Oilers have won 6 of their last 8 with the Blues overall and are 8-3 in their last 11 games overall. Edmonton is red hot and at home against the Blues they keep it going with a statement win.