NHL Betting: Blues Look for Victorious Run Against Edmonton
There are road trips that are a lot more demanding than others in the NHL, and it wasn’t so very long ago that a trip through Alberta often meant coming away with nothing. Recent years have seen that trip become a little easier, but both the Flames and the Oilers are teams on the rise. The St. Louis Blues will complete their Alberta journey when they face Edmonton on Thursday night.
St. Louis Blues vs Edmonton Oilers Game Information
Date/Time: Thursday, October 15th, 9:00 PM
Location: Rexall Place, Edmonton, Alberta
Opening NHL Betting Line: St. Louis +110
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The St. Louis Blues (2-1-0) have a chance to complete the tip through Alberta with a perfect record after knocking off the Calgary Flames 4-3 on Tuesday night. A win in Edmonton would only represent a job partially done, though, as St. Louis will still have 3 more games to play away from home before their 7-game trip comes to an end. It’s not the ideal way for any team to begin their season, but the Blues seem to have found their feet after a bit of a wobbly performance against the Minnesota Twins.
It certainly looks as though the Blues are going to be okay offensively, as they are averaging 3 goals per game, and have a power play unit that is in the top 10 to start the season. There are some issues that may need to be addressed in the coming weeks, but it’s tough to get a real feel for how good or bad a unit is when the majority of the games are being played on road.
Oilers fans finally have a reason to be excited about the future, but the start that Edmonton (0-3-0) have made to the season suggests that it might still be a while before the good times fully return. The object of the excitement is first overall draft pick Connor McDavid, who scored his first NHL goal in a loss to the Dallas Stars.
The fact that the Oilers have only averaged a goal per game through their first three makes it clear that McDavid is going to need some real help if he is to excel in his first season. The good news for the Oilers is that they look pretty solid on the defensive side of the ice, with the addition of Cam Talbot in goal being a big reason for that. The penalty killing unit has been perfect so far for the Oilers, so there certainly are positives to be taken from a winless start.
The Blues have won the last 7 games they have played against the Oilers, including a 3-1 win in their season opener. I have no reason to believe that they can’t go ahead and make it 8 in this one.