David Perron, Ryan O’Reilly, and the St. Louis Blues are set to face off against Leon Draisaitl, Connor McDavid, and the Edmonton Oilers at Rogers Place in a Western Conference showdown. The match will get underway at 9 p.m. ET on Friday, January 31 and it is being televised live on Sportsnet West.
St. Louis Blues at Edmonton Oilers Odds
With a moneyline of -130, St. Louis enters the contest as the favorite. The line for the Oilers sits at +110 and the Over/Under (O/U) has been set at 6 goals (-105 for the over, -115 for the under) at FanDuel Sportsbook.
St. Louis is 31-20 straight up (SU) and has earned moneyline bettors 6.2 units this year. Through 51 regular season contests, 26 of its games have gone over the total, while 25 have gone under and none have pushed. The Blue Notes are 14-12 SU as the road team in 2019-20.
St. Louis has converted on 25.2 percent of its power play opportunities this season, a figure that’s good enough for fourth-best in the league. Its penalty kill is ranked 16th out of 31 teams, and it’s successfully killed off 81.2 percent of its penalties..
With a .911 save percentage and 26.2 saves per game, Jordan Binnington (23-13-5) has been the top option in goal for St. Louis this year. If head coach Craig Berube chooses to rest him, however, St. Louis may turn to Jake Allen (8-10-3), who has a .926 save percentage and 2.21 goals against average this year.
Edmonton is 26-24 straight up (SU) and has netted moneyline bettors 3.4 units this season. 25 of its contests have gone over the total, while 23 have gone under and just two have pushed. This year, the team is 12-12 SU as the home team.
The Oilers come into the matchup with the second-best power-play unit in the NHL, as they’ve found the net on 29.6 percent of their extra-man chances this season. On the other hand, its penalty kill is ranked 11th overall, and it’s successfully killed off 82.3 percent of all opponent power plays.
Mikko Koskinen (27.9 saves per game) has been the primary selection in the crease for the Oilers. Koskinen has 14 wins, 13 losses, and two overtime losses to his credit and has maintained a .910 save percentage and 2.90 goals against average this year.
St. Louis Blues at Edmonton Oilers Betting Predictions
NHL Tip: SU Winner – Blues, O/U – Under
Seven of Edmonton’s last ten games have been decided by two or more goals. The team is 6-1 overall in those games.
Power plays and penalty kills could be extremely important tonight. The Blues are 14-5 in games where they serve fewer penalty minutes than their opponent and 25-13 when they’re in the penalty box for fewer than 10 minutes, in total. The Oilers are 13-8 when they serve fewer penalty minutes than the opposition and 20-16 in games where they’re in the box for less than 10 minutes.
Edmonton is 2-2 in games decided by a shootout this season while St. Louis is 1-3 in shootouts.
For both of these clubs, the over has hit in three of their past five outings.
One of the best at possession and valuing the puck, St. Louis is ranked fifth this season with just 7.9 giveaways per game. That figure has trended lower lately, however, as the team’s averaged 6.8 giveaways over its last 10 games and 6.6 giveaways over its last five.
Edmonton is ranked 27th this season with 12.3 giveaways per game. That figure has regressed lately, as the team’s averaged 14.7 giveaways over its last 10 games and 14.0 giveaways over its last five.