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Edmonton Oilers vs Columbus Blue Jackets predictions

Face-off: 2100 ET, 16/12/2021

Venue: Rogers Place

Edmonton will be hoping to continue a good head-to-head record versus Columbus as they seek to end a six-match slump at Rogers Place.

The Oilers have come out on top in the last four meetings between these teams by an aggregate score of 16-3 and that stat is hard to ignore.

We’re happy to stick with the hosts at 1.8 to win in regular time again in our Edmonton Oilers vs Columbus Blue Jackets predictions.

Edmonton Oilers Odds

Edmonton were an impressive 16-5-0 prior to their current cold streak and desperately need to rediscover their shooting skills.

The Oilers were reduced to just a single score for the fourth time in five straight home games when going down 5-1 to Toronto on Tuesday.

Assistant coach Glen Gulutzan insists Edmonton have the ability and confidence to get back on track, though.

“I sense frustration, a little anger, but a lot of belief,” he declared on the NHL website. “There’s still a belief in that crew.

“I know four years ago, boy, it could get dark in there, but it’s not dark in there anymore. It’s getting a little laser-focused in there.”

Zach Hyman remains doubtful with an upper-body injury but strike duo Leon Draisaitl and Connor McDavid will surely come good again sooner, rather than later.

They are now joint-second on the points leaderboard behind Washington’s Alex Ovechkin after his double last night, so the incentive is there to hit back.

Looking at the 5.0 for them to win by three goals.

Columbus Blue Jackets Odds

Columbus slipped to 2-6-1 in their last nine matches when suffering another alarming collapse after starting well at Vancouver.

The Blue Jackets raced into a 3-0 lead in the first period but ended up going down 4-3 to the Canucks.

Brad Larsen’s side will be far from dejected with fifth place in the Metropolitan Division, but a 9-3-1 home record is let down by figures of 5-9-0 on the road.

“We’ve talked about road performance versus home and there’s always things you’re trying to tighten up, button up, and we’re just chipping away at it,” Larsen said.

“You plug one or two holes and there seems to be another one or two you want to get better at. That’s a season.”

This young, fast outfit is always a threat going forward, but the grind of a busy campaign appears to be wearing them down on defence.

Let’s finish off our NHL predictions by taking 12.5 for Edmonton to secure a fourth straight 4-1 success in head-to-head encounters with Columbus.

Additional stats

Last result:

EDMONTON 1-5 Toronto

Vancouver 4-3 COLUMBUS

Head-to-head: Edmonton 4-1 Columbus, Columbus 1-4 Edmonton, Edmonton 4-1 Columbus, Columbus 0-4 Edmonton

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