Pacific division heavyweights, Edmonton Oilers are coming into this NHL game following a six-game winless streak. Despite this, they are -200 on the moneyline. The Blue Jackets haven’t been exactly on fire either lately and have only picked up 3 wins from their past 10 NHL games. The Blue Jackets are as high as +175 with some of the best online sportsbooks.
Columbus Blue Jackets vs. Edmonton Oilers
Thursday, December 16, 2021 – 09:00 PM EST at Rogers Place
Columbus Seem Lost
This franchise has been as mediocre as they come in recent years, they have made the playoffs just 6 times in their 20-year history, and the furthest they went was the conference quart finals way back in 2009. Despite making the playoffs four years in a row between 2016 and 2020, they only managed to make it as far as the second round, just once.
Although this might seem like nothing to do with this game, in an overall broader view, it’s the reason a team like the Blue Jackets is priced as high as +175 against a team that is on a six-game winless streak and also unwillingly boasts a lot of injuries.
They just seem to have no sense of direction; they were getting there about 4 years ago but have fallen back down the pecking order since. The Blue Jackets have been showing their defensive frailties in recent games, allowing their opponents to score 3 or more in 8 of their previous 9 NHL games.
Oilers Winless Streak a Fluke?
Well, maybe fluke is the wrong word to use here, but we feel their numbers over that winless streak have not looked like a team who are on a six-game winless streak, unlucky is the word we could use, you win some you lose some, unfortunately for McDavid and co, they lost six in a row, which has seen them drop to 4th place in the Pacific Conference.
What they do have going in their favor is that they are a few games behind some of the teams in front of them. So, if they can put some wins together, they can still have a chance of topping the Pacific Division this season.
Their metrics 5 on 5 in the previous six-game winless streak have seen them outplay their opponents in four of those six. The numbers are there, they just have been winning games, this Columbus team is a perfect matchup on home ice for them.
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Columbus Blue Jackets
- The total has gone over in 4 of Columbus' last 5 games.
- Columbus are 3-9 in their last 12 games when playing on the road against Edmonton.
- The total has gone over in 6 of Columbus' last 8 games against an opponent in the Western Conference.
- Edmonton are 0-6 in their last 6 games.
- The total has gone under in 4 of Edmonton's last 5 games against an opponent in the Eastern Conference.
- The total has gone under in 4 of Edmonton's last 5 games against Columbus.
What Are the Betting Odds and Current Lines?
Puck Line: Combis Blue Jackets +1.5 is available to bet at -140, which the Oilers to win by two or more on the -1.5 pk line we are seeing +120.
Both these teams have been overs teams this season, with 19 overs and 10 under combined on the over 5.5 line. Although this line is set at 6.0, we would take over 5.5 if you don’t mind laying juice or looking for a parlay piece.
We are going to take a plus money bet here, although we would like the NHL odds to be a little bigger, we are happy to play this as low as +120 to cover the puck line spread of -1.5 goals.
This Blue Jackets side gives up a lot of high-scoring chances to their opponents, and this could be the game the Oilers decide to show up and win by a substantial number. For our NHL picks, we think the Oilers win this one by more than one goal.
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