NHL Picks: Oilers vs. Blue Jackets

David Lawrence

Sunday, February 10, 2013 4:08 PM GMT

Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013 4:08 PM GMT

One of our NHL Free Picks today involves a clash between the Edmonton Oilers and the Columbus Blue Jackets. On which side of the betting odds are we leaning?

NHL Betting – Oilers vs. Blue Jackets Picks

The Edmonton Oilers and Columbus Blue Jackets meet on Sunday in what is a contest of Western Conference cellar dwellers. Surprisingly, the Oilers are favored on the NHL odds and this might be a good spot to go against them.

Record: 35-43 (-671)

The Edmonton Oilers can win because…

The Blue Jackets are a terrible team. As much as they want people to believe that they are heading in the right direction, the Blue Jackets have just three wins in 11 games this season. Any way you cut it, that’s not good.

The Blue Jackets are a paltry 2-3-2 at home, which to betters simply means 2-5. That’s not the type  of team you can trust – even on their home ice. The Oilers may have lost a number of games in a row but at least they’ve been competitive. The Blue Jackets have simply been rolling over.

The Columbus Blue Jackets can win because…

They Oilers are in a huge slump. Edmonton has lost five straight and are really struggling to score goals. Edmonton hasn’t scored more than two goals in any of their last six games and has averaged just 1.3 goals per game over that span. Is that the type of team you want to be laying juice with on the road?

Edmonton’s only two wins on the year have come against Vancouver (in the opener) and Phoenix (when they were in a slump). They are not deserved of being a road favorite at this point.

[gameodds]7/218245/43/us[/gameodds]

Outlook & Pick

As crazy as it sounds, the Blue Jackets might be the play here. The Oilers don’t deserve to be a road favorite in any situation right now as they have lost five straight and have not played well on the road this year. They are also in a back-to-back situation after losing on the road. Take the Blue Jackets in this spot for your hockey picks, as they appear to be offering good value as a home dog.

NHL Picks: Blue Jackets +115 at Pinnacle

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