NHL Hockey Betting:  Edmonton Oilers at St. Louis Blues&h=253&w=372&zc=1

The Edmonton Oilers will try to get back in a first place tie in the insanely tight Pacific Division race as they travel to the ‘Gateway City’ to take on the St. Louis Blues. Edmonton is currently tied with the Anaheim Ducks for second place in their division just two points behind the first place San Jose Sharks and two points ahead of the Los Angeles Kings and Calgary Flames. The Blues are in third place in the Central Division but like the rest of the teams in the division they’re at risk of losing sight of the red hot Chicago Blackhawks. The Hawks lead the Central with 48 points, Minnesota is second with 40 and the Blues are next in line with 38. The good news is that they’ve got a 5 point advantage over fourth place Winnipeg.

Edmonton is 4-3-3 in their last ten games and coming off a 3-2 home win over Tampa Bay on Saturday. They’ve lost 8 of their last 12 games but catch the Blues in a down phase themselves. St. Louis has lost 5 of their last 8 games but they’ve been very tough at home this season with a 13-2-3 record. Away from home they’re 4-9-1. Edmonton has been a decent road team this year at 8-5-4. The Oilers will play two more games on this road trip at Arizona and at San Jose before they return home to take on the Los Angeles Kings a week from Thursday. The Blues will hit the road to wrap up their pre-Christmas schedule after this game with a quick trip to Dallas and Tampa Bay. They’ll resume play against the torrid Philadelphia Flyers on 12/28.

Edmonton has struggled against opponents with winning records (4-7) though otherwise this looks like a very even game statistically. The Oilers won the only meeting of this season 3-1 on their home ice but the Blues took 2 of 3 last year. Other than defenseman Darnell Nurse who’ll miss a couple more months with an ankle injury the Oilers are fairly healthy. The Blues are coming off a 6-4 home loss to their arch nemesis Chicago Blackhawks and could be in ‘letdown’ mode which is dangerous for a team that hasn’t been playing particularly well of late.