Edmonton Oilers vs. St. Louis Blues NHL Betting Predictions & Preview

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The Edmonton Oilers will continue their road trip with a trip to the Show-Me State where they will take on the St. Louis Blues on Thursday. The Oilers come to town having won three of their last four games, while the Blues have wins in five of their last six games.

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Edmonton Oilers (23-35-8) at St. Louis Blues (44-14-7)
Date: Thursday, March 13, 2014
Time: 8:00 PM ET
Venue: Scottrade Center
City: St. Louis, Missouri
O/U Odds: 5.5
Money Line: St. Louis -252, Edmonton +229
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The Blues won’t be happy when they hit the ice in this one after an emotional loss to Dallas their last time out. Blues captain David Backes and Stars captain Jamie Benn exchanged words which led to a skirmish between all players on the ice. To add insult to injury, Benn went on to score the overtime winner to sink the Blues by a score of 3-2.

The team’s game against the Blues should be a whole different ball game. The Blues have dominated the previous matchups between the teams this season, outscoring the Oilers by a combined score of 11-2.

St. Louis had a trio of players record three points combined in those games – star defenseman Alex Pietrangelo, centerman Patrik Berglund, and center Derek Roy.

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Goaltender Brian Elliott started both of those games for the Blues, stopping 39 of the 41 shots he faced. Should the team elect to go with him, they’ll be in good hands.
A win for the Blues would get them back into the win column after their loss to the Stars halted a five-game winning streak. If they go away from Elliott in this one, Ryan Miller stands in line to give them a strong start as well. He made 27 saves against the Stars in his first loss as a Blue. Miller is now 4-0-1 with a 1.78 GAA with St. Louis.

He’d surely like to get back between the pipes on Thursday against an Oilers team he has dominated in the past. Against Edmonton, Miller is 6-0-0 with a 1.67 GAA and .943 save percentage in his career.

As for the Oilers, they have scored 12 goals in their last four games. Jordan Eberle had a goal and an assist in their last outing, a 4-3 shootout win in Minnesota.

Picking a winner in this matchup is child’s play, but the oddsmakers know that and have priced the game accordingly. The Blues have won 13 of the last 16 meetings between these clubs, and seven of the last eight meetings in St. Louis.

That shifts are focus to the total, and given that the Blues have hit that number themselves in each of the last two matchups, its hard to expect this one to stay under the number.

The over is 14-6-2 in the Blues’ last 22 home games, and 9-3 in the Oilers’ last 12 games versus Central Division opponents.

The play: Over 5.5


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