Edmonton Oilers at Columbus Blue Jackets - 4/24/22 NHL Picks and Prediction

Edmonton Oilers at Columbus Blue Jackets - 4/24/22 NHL Picks and Prediction Photo by Perry Nelson-USA TODAY Sports

Columbus Blue Jackets (35-36-7) vs Edmonton Oilers (46-26-6)

Game Info: Sunday, April 24, 2022 at 1:00 pm (Nationwide Arena)

Betting Odds: Columbus Blue Jackets +195 / Edmonton Oilers -238 --- Over/Under: 7.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Columbus Blue Jackets host the Edmonton Oilers in Sunday NHL Action.

The Edmonton Oilers come into this road contest with an overall record of 46-26-6. Through 78 games, the Oilers are 2nd in the Pacific Division. On the season, they have found the net 275 times, good for a rank of 7th among NHL teams. Heading into the game, Edmonton is the 17th-ranked defensive team, allowing opponents to score at an average rate of 3.06 goals per game. So far, the Oilers have a strength of schedule rating of 15th in the league. When diving into their opponent-adjusted scoring margin, they come into this game as the 12th-ranked team in the NHL.

The Columbus Blue Jackets get set to host the Edmonton Oilers with an overall record of 35-36-7. This mark places them 6th in the Metropolitan division. Through 78 games, the Blue Jackets have scored 248 goals, giving them an average of 3.13. This output gives them a rank of 13th among NHL teams. On defense, Columbus is the 29th ranked unit, giving up 3.64 goals per contest. So far, the Blue Jackets have played the 16th toughest schedule in the league. And, when taking into account Columbus's scoring margin relative to the quality of their competition, they come in with a power ranking of 23rd in the NHL.

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Through 78 games, the Edmonton Oilers' leading goal scorer is Leon Draisaitl. With his 53 assists, he is the second in overall points, coming in at 107. On the season, he is turning 20.1% 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 78 games, he has come up with 43 goals on a shooting percentage of 14.1%. While on the ice, his offensive production has led to a plus-minus rating of 27. Edmonton's top goalie is Mikko Koskinen, who is giving up an average of 3.09 goals per game.

Through 56 games, the Columbus Blue Jackets' goal and overall scoring leader is Patrik Laine, with 56 points. He has reached his mark of 26 goals, on a shooting percentage of 15.6%. So far, 19.0% of his goals have come during power play time. Behind him is Jakub Voracek, who has 51 assists to go along with his 5 goals. However, when on the ice the Blue Jackets are -15 in scoring differential. Columbus's top goalie is Elvis Merzlikins, who is giving up an average of 3.26 goals per game. In his 55 games played, he has come up with a quality start just 47 percent of the time.

In Edmonton's 78 games, the over has hit in over half of their games, going 40-37-1. So far, the team has been less likely to go over the betting line when playing on the road, going just 16-22-1. On the season, 64.0% of Edmonton's games have gone for at least 6 goals or more, with 54.0% of the scoring coming from the Oilers. In Columbus's 78 games, the over has hit in over half of their games, going 45-30-3. So far, taking the over when the Blue Jackets are playing at home, has been a good bet with an over-under record of 23-14-2. On the season, 69.0% of Columbus's games have gone for at least 6 goals or more, with 47.0% of the scoring coming from the Blue Jackets. Because the Blue Jackets and Oilers are two above-average offensive teams facing off against struggling defenses, the over-under line sits at 7.5 goals. However, I see this line being set too high. I recommend taking the under.

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