Oilers vs. Blues to go Under for NHL Picks

Ross Benjamin

Thursday, March 13, 2014 2:20 PM GMT

The Blues host the Oilers on Thursday at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis, Missouri with the opening face-off slated for 8:05 PM ET. What should we do here for our sports picks, which side of the betting line should we ride?

According to NHL betting odds the Blues are a -270 money line home favorite and the posted total is 5.5. St. Louis is 13-3 in their last 16-games versus Edmonton, including 6-1 in the last 7 at home. Edmonton is currently last in the Pacific Division, and 15th overall in the Western Conference. St. Louis is 1st in the Central Division, and 1st overall in the Western Conference.

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Continuing to Compete Hard

The Edmonton Oilers have pretty much resigned to not making the playoffs this season since the calendar year turned to 2014. Despite the Oilers not having a whole lot to play for they’ve continued to show a gritty effort of late. They enter tonight 3-1 in their last 4-games, and are coming off a 4-3 overtime shootout win at Minnesota on Tuesday night. Edmonton has gone over the total in their last 2-games, but prior to those contests they had not gone over the total in 9 consecutive games. Edmonton is a dismal 9-25 versus the money line this season versus an opponent with a winning record. They’re next to last in the NHL in allowing 3.2 goals per game. This will be the Oilers 2nd of a 4-game in 6-days road trip.

Looking Like a Stanley Cup Favorite

It’s amazing how a team can go from being a serious threat to win the Stanley Cup, to becoming a favorite by just adding a couple of missing pieces. That’s exactly what’s happened at St. Louis as a result of a couple key acquisitions at the trade deadline. The Blues acquired a franchise type goaltender in Ryan Miller, plus a gritty high character player in Steve Ott from the Buffalo Sabres, in exchange for Jaroslav Halak, Chris Stewart, and a conditional draft pick. Since the trade the Blues have earned at least 1-point in all 6-games, have bolted to the lead in the Central Division, and overtaken the Anaheim Ducks for the top spot in the Western Conference. St. Louis had their 5-game win streak snapped on Tuesday when they dropped a 3-2 decision to the Dallas Stars in an overtime shootout. Ryan Miller has gone 4-1 in his 5 starts for the Blues with a terrific 1.78 GAA. The Blues are 37-14 versus the money line in their last 51 home games.

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NHL Betting System

Any road team that’s playing with same season double revenge stemming from a pair of losses by 2-goals or more, and they’re coming off a road 1-goal win, has gone under the total in 65 of those 97-games (67%) in the last 18 seasons.

NHL Pick: Oilers/Blues to go under the total of 5.5