St. Louis Blues at Edmonton Oilers - 4/1/22 NHL Picks and Prediction

St. Louis Blues at Edmonton Oilers - 4/1/22 NHL Picks and Prediction Photo by Bob Frid-USA TODAY Sports

Edmonton Oilers (38-25-5) vs St. Louis Blues (37-20-9)

Game Info: Friday, April 1, 2022 at 9:00 pm (Rogers Place)

Betting Odds: Edmonton Oilers -117 / St. Louis Blues -103 --- Over/Under: 6.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Edmonton Oilers host the St. Louis Blues in Friday NHL Action.

The St. Louis Blues come into this road contest with an overall record of 37-20-9. Through 66 games, the Blues are 3rd in the Central Division. On the season, they have found the net 234 times, good for a rank of 6th among NHL teams. Heading into the game, St. Louis is the 9th ranked defensive team, allowing opponents to score at an average rate of 2.85 goals per game. So far, the Blues have a strength of schedule rating of 23rd in the league. When diving into their opponent-adjusted scoring margin, they come into this game as the 5th ranked team in the NHL.

The Edmonton Oilers get set to host the St. Louis Blues with an overall record of 38-25-5. This mark places them 3rd in the Pacific division. Through 68 games, the Oilers have scored 237 goals, giving them an average of 3.43. This output gives them a rank of 5th among NHL teams. On defense, Edmonton is the 22nd ranked unit, giving up 3.22 goals per contest. So far, the Oilers have played the 21st toughest schedule in the league. And, when taking into account Edmonton's scoring margin relative to the quality of their competition, they come in with a power ranking of 14th in the NHL.

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Coming into this game, the St. Louis Blues leader in points is Jordan Kyrou. In his team's 66 games, he has come up with 22 goals and 40 assists. He has scored his goals on a shooting percentage of 14.8%. While on the ice, his offensive production has led to a plus-minus rating of +8.0. The team's top overall goal scorer is David Perron. Of his 23 goals, 39.0% have come during power play time. St. Louis's top goalie is Ville Husso, who is giving up an average of 2.4 goals per game. In his 30 games played, he has turned in 18 quality starts, giving him a quality start percentage above the league average.

Through 68 games, Edmonton's leading goal scorer is Leon Draisaitl. With his 49 goals and 48 assists, he is second in overall points, coming in at 97. On the season, he is turning 21.0% of his shots into goals. In addition, the Oilers have benefited from the strong play of Connor McDavid, who is the team's overall leader in points. In Edmonton's 68 games, he has come up with 37 goals on a shooting percentage of 14.1%. While on the ice, his offensive production has led to a plus-minus rating of +18. Edmonton's top goalie is Mikko Koskinen, who is giving up an average of 3.1 goals per game. In his 40 games played, he has come up with a quality start just 41 percent of the time.

On the season, the St. Louis Blues have a per-game scoring differential of 0.65 goals. Even when playing on the road, the team is winning games by an averge margin of 0.38 goals. Heading into their game with the Edmonton Oilers, the Blues have a 3-2 record over their past five contests. In these games, they have scored 17 goals, accounting for 49.0% of the overall scoring. A key to this recent success is the fact that they have outscored their usual output of 3.52 goals per game 3 times. Look for the Blues to pick up the road win over Edmonton.


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