Free NHL Picks For Tonight (Dec 21): Blues vs Oilers Prediction
The NHL has twenty teams playing on Thursday night. With ten games, the NHL will be filled with plenty of highlight plays. Here are my best bets for December 21. Odds can be found at Sportsbetting.ag If you have thought about buying sports betting picks you should read our Pay For Picks article and take advantage of our free NHL consensus betting picks for tonight.
St. Louis Blues vs Edmonton Oilers Prediction
The St. Louis Blues and Edmonton Oilers meet for a third time on Thursday night. The Blues enter the night 22-11-2. St. Louis is tied for first place with the Predators in the Pacific Division. Edmonton has gone 15-17-2 this season. The Oilers have struggled this season after making a decent playoff run last season. Edmonton is sitting in the seventh-place spot in the Pacific Division.
The first meeting between the Blues and Oilers was held in Edmonton. St. Louis pulled off a dominant 4-1 victory. Vladimir Sobotka and Alex Steen each scored one, while Brayden Schenn scored the other two. Ryan Strome scored the lone goal for the Oilers. Jake Allen stopped twenty-nine of thirty shots. Cam Talbot allowed four goals on thirty-nine shots.
The second meeting between these two teams was in St. Louis. The Blues had an even bigger victory the second time around. St. Louis ended up winning 8-3. Brayden Schenn, Jaden Schwartz and Vladimir Tarasenko each had four points. The three of them scored five of the team’s goals. Cam Talbot was pulled from the game after allowing two goals on three shots. Jake Allen turned away twenty-nine of twenty-six.
Jake Allen and Cam Talbot are expected to meet again on Thursday night. Allen has played solid for the Blues. He has posted a .911 save percentage and a GAA of 2.59. He has had success against the Blues this season. Talbot has not been nearly as good as he was last season. Talbot has a saver percentage of .903 and a 2.96 GAA. If these goalies play similarly to the way they did the first two times, St. Louis should get an easy win.
St. Louis Blues (+116)* at Edmonton Oilers (-128)
Connor McDavid has been the brightest spot for the Oilers this season. McDavid continues to produce more than one-point per game. McDavid has forty points in thirty-four games. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Leon Draisaitl are tied for second with twenty-five points. Brayden Schenn leads the Blues in points with thirty-eight in thirty-five games. Vladimir Tarasenko and Jaden Schwartz are tied with thirty-five points. The Blues do not have as high of a scorer as McDavid, but they have multiple players past the thirty-point mark.
The Oilers have allowed the sixth most goals in the NHL this season. On top of that, Edmonton is missing Oscar Klefbom, who is one of their best defensemen. The Blues will be without Jaden Schwartz and Jay Bouwmeester. Both teams have injury problems, but the Blues are the better team. As a +116 money line, St. Louis is expected to win this game forty-six percent of the time. I believe St. Louis should be the favorite in this game. That makes them an ideal pick.
*This was written before the start of the St. Louis vs Calgary game on Wednesday night