NHL Hockey: Tuesday, March 19, 2019, 8:00 PM (Enterprise Center)
Moneyline: Edmonton Oilers +180 / St. Louis Blues -210
Over/Under: 5.5 Puck Line: St. Louis -1.5 +120
NHL Picks and Parlays: Edmonton Oilers vs St. Louis Blues
Edmonton’s up and down season continues tonight when they visit the St. Louis Blues. The Oilers are fresh off a 6-3 loss to the surging Vegas Golden Knights and now sit seven-points back of the Arizona Coyotes for the second Wild Card spot in the Western Conference. While the Oilers’ perennial issue is defense and forward depth, they do have two of the leagues best forwards on their roster in Leon Draisaitl and superstar Connor McDavid. Draisaitl is having a career year with 91-points and a team leading forty-three goals, while McDavid is sitting second in the NHL scoring race with 105 points. In net will be Mikko Koskinen, who surprisingly stole the starting job this year from Cam Talbot. For the season, he owns a 2.85 GAA and .909 SV% and has started four straight games. Between Draisaitl and McDavid, the Oilers have the capability to keep this one close but it’s going to be a challenge.
St. Louis Blues
The Blues return to home ice tonight after an odd three game road trip that saw them lose to the lowly Buffalo Sabres and Ottawa Senators, but defeat the powerhouse Pittsburgh Penguins 5-1. Despite the poor performance, the team is still in playoff position while sitting 3rd in the Central Division. St. Louis has little room for error as they are 4-4-2 in their last 10 games played while the division rival Dallas Stars are only two points back in the standings. A positive development for this squad tonight is the return of Vladimir Tarasenko, who leads the team in goals with twenty-eight and is a leader on the Power Play with eleven tallies. Tending the cage tonight will be rookie sensation Jordan Binnington, who owns a very strong 1.77 GAA and .931 SV% with 5 shutouts in the 24 games games he has played this year. Oddly enough, the homecoming for the Blues may not be the best for them, as they are 17-15-2 at the Enterprise Center this year while 20-12-6 on the road. However, due to their recent slide and pressure from the Stars, I believe they come out strong tonight and dominate the top-heavy Oilers.
NHL Trends by Cover The Spread 365
Oilers are 4-1 in their last 5 road games
Oilers are 7-15 in their last 22 vs. Western Conference
Oilers are 7-18 in their last 25 games as an underdog
Under is 5-1 in Oilers last 6 vs. Western Conference
St. Louis Blues
Blues are 51-13 in their last 64 games as a home favorite of -201 or greater
Blues are 7-2 in their last 9 games as a home favorite
Blues are 8-3 in their last 11 vs. a team with a losing record
Under is 4-0 in Blues last 4 games as a home favorite of -151 to -200
Free NHL Expert Picks: St. Louis Blues vs. Edmonton Oilers
While Edmonton is led by two of the league leaders in scoring and a strong goaltender in Koskinen, I don’t believe they have the depth to match-up consistently with this Blues team. St. Louis gets its leading goal scorer back in Vladimir Tarasenko and will be motivated to avenge their poor road trip. While McDavid can keep the Oilers in any game due to his generational skillset, I see the Blues prevailing in this one.
Pick: St. Louis -1.5