Columbus Blue Jackets vs. Edmonton Oilers Pick – NHL December 16, 2021

The Columbus Blue Jackets and Edmonton Oilers are at Rogers Place on Thursday night. The Oilers are in a hole at the moment on a six-game losing streak.

When the Oilers were playing so well early in the season, it was hard to be too optimistic because we know what they’ve done before.

Edmonton has played really well in flashes in the past in the Connor McDavid era. With their level of talent, it’d be hard for the Oilers not to play good hockey in spots.

However, the Oilers have been prone to collapsing and failing to live up to expectations. Following five wins in six attempts, the Oilers have lost six in a row.

In their most recent attempt, the Oilers lost a 5-1 decision to the Toronto Maple Leafs on Tuesday in Edmonton. Five of their six losses during this streak have been at home.

This is the sixth of a six-game homestand for the Oilers. With a loss to the Blue Jackets tonight, the Oilers will go without a win during a time where teams typically use it to build up the win column.

Columbus goes into Rogers Place with a loss to the Vancouver Canucks on Tuesday. They were dropped for their third loss in the last four attempts by a score of 4-3.

The Jackets were coming off a 5-4 win in overtime against the Seattle Kraken before the close loss in Vancouver. They regressed to 14-12-1 with 29 points with the loss in Vancouver.

Edmonton was sitting atop the Pacific Division which doesn’t seem too long ago, but they’re now 16-11-0 and in fourth-place at 32 points going into tonight. Can the Oilers stop the bleeding in this one?

Head below for our free Blue Jackets vs. Oilers pick on December 16, 2021.

Columbus Blue Jackets vs. Edmonton Oilers Betting Odds and Team Statistics:

The following odds are courtesy of BetOnline:

Teams Spread Moneyline Total
Columbus Blue Jackets +1.5 (-135) +180 Over 6.5 (-105)
Edmonton Oilers -1.5 (+115) -200 Under 6.5 (-105)
Team Data Columbus Blue Jackets Edmonton Oilers
Overall Record 14-12-1 16-11-0
Puckline Record 18-9 11-16
Away/Home Record 5-9-0 9-6-0
Puckline Away/Home 8-6 5-10
Goals Per Game 3.22 3.30
Goals Against Per Game 3.30 3.15
Shots Per Game 29.56 32.26
Shots Against Per Game 34.37 33.33

Blue Jackets vs. Oilers Prediction:

The Blue Jackets might be the right opponent for the Oilers’ offense to get back on track against. This used to be a physical team under John Tortorella, but the identity of the Blue Jackets has changed a bit.

Columbus doesn’t play back and waits for the action to come to them. They prefer to attack offensively, with the state of their blueline coming into that decision.

The Blue Jackets aren’t nearly as good as they were previously defensively. They’ve lost talent over the last few years and need to play more of an offensive game to win.

Through their last ten outings, the Jackets have conceded 3.8 goals per game. Overall, they are 25th in the NHL with 3.3 goals allowed per game.

Compared to what the Jackets have accomplished on the road, 3.3 goals looks good. Columbus has given up too many goals, with an average of 4.07 allowed on the road per game.

Columbus Blue Jackets vs. Edmonton Oilers Betting Trends:

Blue Jackets

  • 2-7 overall in their previous nine games
  • 16-40 overall in their previous 56 games on the road
  • OVER is 4-1 in their previous five games
  • OVER is 6-2 in their previous eight games versus the Western Conference
  • OVER is 9-3 in their previous 12 games on the road


  • 0-5 overall in their previous games as a favorite
  • 0-6 overall in their previous six games
  • 17-5 overall in their previous 22 games versus the Metropolitan Division
  • OVER is 7-2 in their previous nine games versus the Metropolitan Division
  • OVER is 10-4 in their previous 14 meetings versus the Wild in Edmonton

I have some confidence in the Oilers getting their offense back on track tonight. In the final game of their homestand, the Oilers should find some goals against Elvis Merzlikins.

Merzlikins enters Edmonton with a 2.94 GAA and 0.913 save percentage. Some help from his defense would be appreciated, but the Jackets aren’t giving much to him.

The Oilers have been below average with 3.15 goals against per game this season. They are 21st defensively, and 27th with 33.3 shots against per game. That’s still better than the Jackets, who have conceded 34.4 shots per game for 31st in the league.

If the Oilers wake up in this one, and I think they should versus the Columbus’ defense, expect a high-scoring contest. We should see at least 7 or 8 goals on the scoreboard at the end of this one at Rogers Place.


Blue Jackets vs. Oilers
OVER 6.5
Kyle E / Author

Kyle is a veteran of TheSportsGeek and has spent nearly a decade providing accurate sports picks and writeups here. He has been a sports handicapper for 10+ years and started sharing his picks and thoughts in 2011 at TheSportsGeek. His expertise spans across multiple sports, including the NFL, NCAAF, MLB, NHL, and horse racing. Prior to writing for TheSportsGeek, Kyle was a fantasy football expert, who ultimately parlayed it into a successful sports betting career. You can find his picks daily only at TheSportsGeek.

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