National Hockey League action on Wednesday evening and the Edmonton Oilers will invade the Scottrade Center in St Louis, Missouri to duke it out with the St Louis Blues. The Oilers enter this game off a 4-1 road loss to Dallas, while the Blues are off a 6-1 loss to the Coyotes on the road. The Blues took two of the three meetings last year.
Win Streak Snapped In Dallas
The Edmonton Oilers had a nice little three-game winning streak going, but all three of those games were at home. The Oilers then took to the road to face the Dallas Stars, and that wasthe end of their win streak. Edmonton lost that game by a score of 4-1, and now they will look to get back on track against a bad St Louis team. The offense continues to be an issue for the Oilers as they come in having scored a total of 10 goals over their last six games. Scoring their lone goal in the loss to the Stars was Jujhar Khaira, which was his first of the year. Edmonton is 13-14 on the year and six points out of first in the Pacific Division.
Absorbing the loss was Mikko Koskinen, who allowed three goals on 24 shot attempts to fall to 8-4 with a 2.23 GAA and a .925 save percentage on the year. Cam Talbot is slated to get the start in this one, and he has gone 5-10 with a 3.29 GAA and a .889 save percentage on the year, including 3-5 with a 2.91 GAA and a .900 save percentage on the road. In his career, he has gone 5-4 with a 2.71 GAA against the Blues. Edmonton enters this game ranked 27th in the league in scoring at 2.63 gpg and 17th in goals allowed at 3.07 gpg.
Blues Get Crushed In The Desert
The St Louis Blues are one of the worst teams in the league, and they showed why in their latest game as they were crushed by a bad Arizona team on the road by a score of 6-1. The Blues have now lost eight of their last 11 games, and their 21 total points are tied with the Kings for the fewest in the league. The offense had started to show signs of life, but the Coyotes shut them down, and St Louis has now scored 1 or fewer goals in five of their last ten games. Scoring their lobe goal against the Coyotes was Robert Thomas, which was his 2nd of the year.
Absorbing the loss was Chad Johnson, who allowed all six goals on 44 shot attempts to fall to 2-6 with a 3.51 GAA on the year. Getting the nod in this one will be Jake Allen, and he has gone 7-10 with a 3.24 GAA and a .896 save percentage on the year, including 4-4 with a 3.86 GAA and a .879 save percentage here at home. In his career, he has gone 4-5 with a 2.84 GAA against the Oilers. The Blues enter this game ranked 17th in scoring at 2.96 gpg and 25th in goals allowed at 3.40 gpg.
The Blues are:
- 4-11 in their last 15 when their opponent scores 2 goals or less in their previous game
- 0-4 in their last 4 vs. a team with a losing record
The Oilers are:
- 5-2 in their last 7 games playing on 1 days rest
- The Under is 13-5-1 in their last 19 following a loss of 3 or more goal