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Oilers face St. Louis Blues: NHL odds preview and stats

Edmonton Oilers

St. Louis Blues
23-35-8 March 13, 2014, 08:00 PM | Scottrade Center 44-14-7

A key battle on the NHL odds menu sees visiting Edmonton duelling St. Louis on Thursday at Scottrade Center.

This season the Blues are 44-14-7 overall while the Oilers are 23-35-8. As for the totals, St. Louis is 29-29-7 on the OU, and Edmonton is 35-29-2.View Edmonton Oilers vs St. Louis Blues Odds and Stats.

Sportsbooks such as Bovada had the Blues as -265 moneyline Favorite in this particular NHL matchup earlier. The total, meanwhile, was set early at 5.5 before betting started to move the line at 5Dimes.

According to new NHL Power Rankings here, it's the No. 16-ranked Blues and the No. 26-rated Oilers in this matchup.

Last time out for Edmonton, they were a 4-3 winner as they battled the Wild on the road. Moneyline bettors who got the Oilers at +175 were rewarded, while the 7 combined goals moved the game OVER for totals bettors.

The Blues were a 3-2 loser in their most recent outing at home against the Stars. That made winners of bettors who got Dallas at +185 on the moneyline, while the total score (5) was good news for UNDER bettors.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up St. Louis's No. 2-ranked offense (3.28 goals per game) against a Oilers defense that ranks No. 28 at 3.26 goals per game allowed. The Blues powerplay has clicked at a 20.8% rate while the Oilers have a 81.82% rate on the penalty kill.

Next up:
Edmonton at Detroit, Friday, March 14th
St. Louis at Nashville, Saturday, March 15th