Friday NHL Picks: Oilers at Blue Jackets

The Edmonton Oilers started their three-game road trip with 3-0 shutout in Nashville Friday but there is no rest for the wicked and tonight, the Oilers will try and win back-to-back road games for the first time all season when they visit the Columbus Blue Jackets

 

Edmonton is 6-5-3 its past 14 trips to Columbus with a win and a tie last year. The issue has been keeping the pucks out of the net and although that seems like a broken record for this Oilers team, last night’s win was the third time in four games the Oilers have limited their opponent to one goal or less. Included in that sample was a 7-0 win over Columbus on Nov. 19 but Edmonton was well rested for that game and tonight’s game is the second-half of a back-to-back.

 

[quote_text color=”#000000″ text_color=”#ffffff”]Following a road game, the Oilers have played 3 overs and 9 unders since March 6, 2012 in road games without rest[/quote_text]

 

Columbus was coming off a win in Ottawa before getting worked over by the Oilers and perhaps the time zone had an impact but either way, they will ill prepared for Edmonton’s offensive speed. Columbus is 2-2 since then and they’ll have little hope trying to keep pace with Edmonton’s talent stable of goal scorers so we expect a more defensive effort tonight. The Jackets are 4-7-1 on home ice but they’ve only faced one team from the Western Conference. It made the opening moneyline odds of -160 seem a little steep and early sports betting action has trimmed that line to -125 but there is still nice value on the Over/Under NHL odds.

 

When hosting lower echelon teams (sub-.400 record) off a win the Jackets have limited teams to 2.6 goals over the past six years and we think the Oilers will be able to keep the BJ’s to around two or three goals as well.

Pick: Take the Under 5.5 (-115) at 5 Dimes