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St Louis Blues vs Edmonton Oilers predictions

Face-off: 2030 ET, 29/12/2021

Venue: Enterprise Center

St Louis and Edmonton both went into the extended Christmas break in fine spirits following some decent results and a close contest is on the cards.

The Oilers shaded a 5-4 thriller when visiting Enterprise Center last month, netting the deciding goal with less than 30 seconds left in regulation play.

It would be no surprise to see this clash go all the way to overtime and 4.25 for that to happen heads our St Louis Blues vs Edmonton Oilers predictions.

St Louis Blues Odds

St Louis improved to 17-9-4 when securing five wins from six matches earlier this month before losing in regulation for the first time in eight games when going down 4-2 at Winnipeg.

Vladimir Tarasenko impressed with four goals in three appearances, taking his tally for the season to a team-high 12.

Robert Bortuzzo, Dakota Joshua, Ivan Barbashev and James Neal have since been ruled out by Covid protocols, but Oskar Sundqvist is now clear of that issue.

Productive forwards David Perron, Jordan Kyrou and Robert Thomas are also available again after injury problems and the Blues resume well placed to make a play-offs push.

They are joint-second in the Central Division and tied for fifth place in the Western Conference.

Both of these teams are in the top 10 for goals scored this term and NHL odds.

Edmonton Oilers Odds

Edmonton duo Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl are still leading the NHL in points scored this season with 49 each and the Oilers will receive another boost up front.

Zach Hyman is poised to return from a shoulder injury and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins has been cleared from Covid protocols, along with head coach Dave Tippett.

The visitors put a six-game slide behind them when claiming back-to-back wins over Columbus and Seattle, scoring five times on each occasion.

They are eighth in the Western Conference, just three points behind St Louis, having played two games less, while an 8-5-0 away record shows they can travel well.

This contest starts a five-game road trip and Darnell Nurse, Jesse Puljujarvi, Zack Kassian and William Lagesson will be missing due to Covid.

One category where the Oilers do have a superior record is first-period goals, being joint-fourth on 32, whereas the Blues are tied for 16th on 23.

Let’s finish off our NHL predictions by taking 2.25 for Edmonton to break the deadlock in the opening stanza.

Additional stats

Last result:

Winnipeg 4-2 ST LOUIS

Seattle 3-5 EDMONTON

Head-to-head: St Louis 4-5 Edmonton, Edmonton 4-2 St Louis, St Louis 2-1 Edmonton, Edmonton 2-5 St Louis, St Louis 7-2 Edmonton

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