Edmonton Oilers (33-22-8) at St. Louis Blues (31-25-5)
|Date & Time||Tuesday February 28, 2017, 8:00 PM (EST)|
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The Line: St. Louis Blues -125 / Edmonton Oilers +113 --- Over/Under: 5
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The Edmonton Oilers look for a big road victory against the St. Louis Blues on Tuesday who begin life without Kevin Shattenkirk.
The Edmonton Oilers continue their push towards a Pacific division crown as they head into St. Louis to take on the Blues in a big game for both teams who have been struggling and need to rebound. The Oilers have had a strong season on the road and are looking like they are finally going to break out of their lengthy playoff drought that extends back to 2006 but they will have to sharpen up a bit down the stretch and generate a bit more consistency from night to night. The Oilers have had their struggles against the Central division over the years and this season is no different as they are 22-48 in their last 70 games and need to right the ship against the likes of Chicago, Minnesota, and St. Louis who have become synonymous with postseason hockey over the years.
The Blues meanwhile have slipped up in their pursuit of a playoff spot in the Western Conference as they are 2-6 in their last eight home games but they have had success against the Pacific division and they will be out for another win here against the Oilers. St. Louis parted ways with long time defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk who was dealt to the Washington Capitals on Monday night, and while it may seem like the Blues are preparing for a rebuild they are still very much in the race for a playoff spot and they were simply getting a return on a player who likely would have left the organization in the off season. Jake Allen is expected to get the start here as he will face off against Cam Talbot.
The Oilers are 13-3 in their last 16 games when their opponent scores two or fewer in their previous outing and 12-41 in their last 53 Tuesday games while the Blues are 1-4 in their last five against the West and 2-6 in their last eight home games. The Oilers to me are on the rise while St. Louis is parting with some key pieces and while talent wise they are close I like the Oilers here to get the victory.