The gambling gods can be pretty miserable some nights. The Flames and Capitals scored 2 goals within 5 minutes of the opening puck drop, only to watch no goals in the final 3 minutes of the game with an empty net. The puck doesn’t stay out of the net too often when a goalie has been pulled for 3 minutes. Beyond that, it was a rather sad performance from the Washington Capitals.
They scored a minute in, and then decided to pack up and not put forth much more effort. The Flames made the Caps look old and lazy, as they skated circles around them for the majority of the night. Johnny Gaudreau extended his point streak to ten games, as he got the Flames on the board early in the contest. Moving on to Tuesday, where there are a few games on the docket.
The Edmonton Oilers and St. Louis Blues will meet again tonight, after they had a date in Edmonton this past Thursday night. The Blues took that one by a score of 4-1. It was a textbook win for the Blues, who routinely win 3-1, 4-1 type of games. Defence is the best offence, and it always rings true for the Blues. They’ve choked enough times in the playoffs, though, that nobody really takes them too seriously anymore.
Sure, yeah, they put together some nice numbers in the regular season, but it’s all pretty pointless if nothing transpires in the playoffs. In any event, while other top-tier teams have been struggling to start the year, Capitals case in point, the Blues are off to a 15-5-1. The problem people have with them is they usually peak too soon. Head below for our free Oilers vs. Blues pick in the NHL for Tuesday night.
Edmonton Oilers vs. St. Louis Blues Pick
Johnny Gaudreau extended his point streak last night, and Brayden Schenn will look to do the same tonight. Schenn has been on fire, with 5 goals and 10 assists in seven games. His line as a whole has been putting work in, as he’s acclimated with Vladimir Tarasenko and Jaden Schwartz pretty nicely in St. Louis. They’ve combined for a whopping 74 points and a plus-minus rating of 44. I would say they’re peaking alright, but if they can do it when it counts in the spring will be the question. Overall, the offence is scoring 3.24 goals per game. Jake Allen has been fine with a 2.72 GAA and 0.91 save percentage, but that can come up a bit. The difference between home and the road has been night and day, as he holds a 2.60 GAA on the road and 2.22 GAA at home in St. Louis.
The Blues have been hot at home with a record of 7-2-0. They’ll have five games in a row to improve on that number, as they begin a five-game home stand tonight. The Oilers and Blues have both had a couple of nights off to prepare for this one. Edmonton has been absolutely horrific with more than a night off. In their last eleven games, they went 1-10 on a two-day rest. For a young, inexperienced team that can often be the case. You get too complacent, and involved in other stuff other than hockey and it takes the focus off the game. The Oilers have also gone 3-10 in their last thirteen in St. Louis. With this in mind, I think the Blues should be in the ballpark of -155 favorites on Tuesday night. We’re getting something cheaper here, and I think a play on the Blues is something worth looking at for Tuesday night in the NHL.
PICK: BLUES (-140)