St. Louis Blues will take on Edmonton Oilers in the NHL 2021-22 action on Wednesday evening. The hosts have improved their recent form and want to keep up the pace. The away side got back on the winning track, and they hope to extend it after this game.
St. Louis is among the playoffs contenders, and they want to keep their form stable as long as possible. The home side is very good when playing in front of its fans, and they eye another positive result. On the other hand, Edmonton also chases the post-season ticket, and they still hold their top-four position. The visitors look forward to another victory after being successful in their last two games.
St. Louis Blues – Can they keep the high level of home displays?
The Blues have been on a fine run lately since they lost just twice in the previous seven rounds. That one lifted them to 2nd place in the Central Division, with a 17-9-5 record. They have been pretty confident when playing on the home ice, winning 11 times in 16 matches in front of their crowd. St. Louis goes to this clash after losing to the Jets 4-2 in their latest game, with Jordan Binnington conceding all four goals from 34 opponents’ attempts.
Pavel Buchnevich and Vladimir Tarasenko lead the Blues offense with 29 points each, and with Tarasenko as the team’s top scorer with 12 goals. Robert Thomas is St. Louis’s best assistant with 20, while he has produced 22 points. Ivan Barbashev and Jordan Kyrou have 25 points each, while three other players have chipped in with 15+ points. Regarding the goaltending, Jordan Binnington is the Blues’ goalie with the most appearances – 15, while Charlie Lindgren has the best save percentage, standing at .958. St. Louis celebrated on all five occasions with him between the pipes, and Lindgren has allowed only 1.22 goals per game on average.
Expected Line-Up: Charlie Lindgren, Colton Parayko, Niko Mikkola, Logan Brown, Brandon Saad, Ryan O’Reilly
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Edmonton Oilers – Will they keep winning?
After losing six times in a row, the Oilers managed to bounce back and celebrate in two consecutive matches. They are third in the Pacific Division with an 18-11-0 record, and the visitors want to secure the playoffs spot. Edmonton is on the right track of finishing the regular season among the best four teams in their division, and they are three points ahead of the Sharks and the Kings. The Oilers were better than the Kraken in a 5-3 victory on the road in their latest game. They held Seattle to only 17 shots, while Warren Foegele scored a brace and led them to the victory.
Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl dominate the Oilers’ offense with 49 points each, and they top the NHL offensive stats as well. Draisaitl has a team-high 23 goals, while McDavid assisted 32 times. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins has contributed with a total of 25 points, followed by Jesse Puljujarvi with 23. Six more players have produced 10+ points to Edmonton’s offense. On the other hand, Mikko Koskinen has spent most of the time on the goal, making 18 appearances and having a .902 save percentage. Stuart Skinner has allowed 2.70 goals per contest on ten appearances while having a .916 save percentage.
Expected Line-Up: Stuart Skinner, Tyson Barrie, Evan Bouchard, Kailer Yamamoto, Warren Foegele, Connor McDavid
Expert Pick #1 – Blues to win (Inc. OT and Pen.) @-130
In normal circumstances, this would be a pretty tight clash that could easily go either way. However, Edmonton’s roster is severely hit by Covid, and they need to cope with many absentees. St. Louis shouldn’t miss the chance to capitalize on this situation, and I believe they will win this one. Therefore, I’ll take the hosts as my first pick.
Expert Pick #2 – Over 6.5 @+100
Both teams have been involved in many high-scoring matches this season, despite their latest clashes staying under the margin. I anticipate a goal feast here, especially with Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl in Edmonton’s offense. Give me the Over on the plus money odds as the second bet.
Expert Pick #3 – Blues Over 3.5 @+105
St. Louis failed to score at least four goals on the home ice just twice on the previous nine occasions. Since the visitors will have selection troubles and shortened rotation, I believe the hosts should produce more than three goals here, which will be my third pick.