Edmonton Oilers (16-12-5) at St. Louis Blues (17-11-4)
|Date & Time||Monday December 19, 2016, 8:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: St. Louis Blues -145 / Edmonton Oilers +131 --- Over/Under: 5
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The St. Louis Blues look to continue their home ice dominance as they welcome the Edmonton Oilers to town on Monday night.
The Oilers look to snap out of their road losing woes with a pivotal victory against the St. Louis Blues on Monday but they know it won’t be easy as the Blues are one of the best home ice teams in the NHL and are proving it as such so far this season. Edmonton got off to a red hot start to the season and while they have cooled off considerably they are still playing some very good hockey and will be more than an oversight here against a Blues team that is good but hasn’t been great. Edmonton of course is led by sophomore sensation Connor McDavid and the Blues know they will have to do something to slow down the phenom and the defense core led by Alex Pietrangelo and Kevin Shattenkirk will be vital in that task.
The Blues meanwhile are coming off a loss against the Chicago Blackhawks but remain a tough out on home ice as they are 8-2 in their last 10 home games and have dominated the Oilers over the years so they should feel confident heading into Monday’s encounter. The Blues will turn to Jake Allen as they have for most of the season as he will go head to head with Cam Talbot who is enjoying a pretty nice season of his own in the Edmonton crease and this game could end up coming down to which one of these goaltenders has the better night. The Blues are 1-5 in their last six games on one day’s rest but Edmonton is a meagre 20-43 in their last 63 against the Central division so something will have to break on this night.
The Oilers are 5-2 in their last seven Monday games and 36-87 in their last 123 road games while the Blues are 0-4 in their last four against the West and 7-2 in their last nine after allowing five goals or more in their previous outing. This one should be closer than people think but in the end the Blues should have enough in the tank to get it done on home ice.