by OddsShark (@OddsShark)
The Edmonton Oilers will be looking to close out their current four-game homestand on a winning note when they host the Western Conference-leading St. Louis Blues on Friday as +110 underdogs on the NHL odds at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.
Edmonton saw a three-game win streak on home ice come to an end with Wednesday’s 4-3 shootout loss to the rival Calgary Flames, but has still managed to earn at least a point in eight of nine outings going into Friday night’s matchup at Rogers Place.
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With Wednesday’s loss to the Flames as -120 home chalk the Oilers now sit four points back of first-place Vancouver in the Pacific Division. Edmonton maintains a game in hand on the Canucks, and two games in hand on the second-place Flames, but has failed to make any further gains on the rapidly evolving Pacific Division odds at online sports betting sites, where they sit fourth at +450.
And if the Oilers are to make up ground, they will need to maintain their recent strong play on home ice. The team sports a 4-1-1 record in their past six home dates, which marks a dramatic turnaround after falling to defeat in 10 of their previous 13 contests at Rogers Place, according to the OddsShark NHL Database.
However, the Oilers have struggled to produce steady results against Central Division opponents, going 3-6-2 in 11 overall meetings this season. That includes defeats in two previous dates with the Blues, highlighted by a lopsided 5-2 loss in Edmonton as -140 favorites back on November 6 that dumped them to 1-3-0 in their past four home dates with the defending Stanley Cup champions.
The Blues arrive in Edmonton set as -130 favorites on the NHL odds after recording a 5-4 win in Calgary as a +100 wager on Tuesday night. The win marked the first victory on the team’s current five-game road trip, and snapped a five-game losing streak away from Enterprise Center.
That recent road swoon has directly contributed to the Blues’ current uneven 5-4-2 run. However, St. Louis continues to set the pace in the Western Conference, and holds a sizeable eight-point lead over the second-place Colorado Avalanche in the Central Division.
Not surprisingly, the Blues have emerged as strong -250 favorites to win the Central Division, but continue to lag just behind the Avalanche on the Stanley Cup odds as a +1000 wager.