Columbus Blue Jackets vs. Edmonton Oilers Prediction, NHL Odds

Daniel Coyle | Updated Dec 16, 2021

The Edmonton Oilers will try to avoid going winless in seven straight contests when they host the Columbus Blue Jackets on Thursday night.

Columbus
37-38-4-3
AT
December 16, 2021, 9:00 PM ET
Rogers Place
Edmonton
49-27-5-1
Puckline +1.5 -130
Moneyline +179
Over / Under o +6.5

17%

Betting Action

83%

Puckline -1.5 +108
Moneyline -215
Over / Under u +6.5

17%

Betting Action

83%

The Oilers saw their recent scoring woes continue in a lopsided 5-1 loss to Toronto on Tuesday, and have now averaged just 1.50 goals per game during their current slide. The Blue Jackets look to tally just their third win in 10 games after dropping a 4-3 decision to the resurgent Vancouver Canucks on Tuesday.

Edmonton is a -204 favourite to win on the NHL odds, with a total of 6.0.

Blue Jackets vs. Oilers NHL Betting Odds

Despite their recent struggles, the Oilers have enjoyed the backing of 88 per cent of sports bettors, and now look to Thursday’s clash as lofty -204 favourites, while Columbus lags as a +171 underdog. The total has also been unaffected by Edmonton’s slump, holding steady at 6.0, with 61 per cent of the betting action backing the OVER.

Thursday night’s matchup at Rogers Place marks the first meeting between these teams since March 2020. The Oilers have dominated in head-to-head action, outscoring Columbus by a wide 16-3 margin while tallying four straight wins. Accordingly, the UNDER has been a steady producer in totals betting, paying out in each of those contests, and going 6-2 over their past eight meetings.

Not surprisingly, the UNDER has also been a reliable bet during Edmonton’s current slide, going 4-1 over the past five after failing to pay out in consecutive games through the team’s first 22 games of the season. Conversely, high scoring has been commonplace of late when the Blue Jackets hit the road, going 9-3 in their past 12. However, that has been of little help to Columbus, which has mustered just one win in its past seven away dates.

Columbus Blue Jackets

The Blue Jackets have looked close to snapping out of their current funk in recent outings, but have been unable to close the deal. The club marched to an early 3-0 lead in Vancouver on Tuesday, but were subsequently outshot by a wide 31-11 margin over the final two frames on their way to a 4-3 loss. The Blue Jackets also blew an early lead in Seattle this past weekend, allowing three third-period goals before eking out a 5-4 overtime win.

Overall, the team has surrendered over four goals per game during their current 2-6-1 run, and now ranks a distant 13th in the Eastern Conference with just five road wins. The team has received a boost from the return of Patrik Laine, who has been absent since the recent death of his father. Laine returned to practice this week, but was unavailable for Tuesday’s clash with the Canucks.

Edmonton Oilers

The Edmonton faithful are getting a taste of what life would be like without prolific scoring from Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl. The superstar duo have been effectively shut down during the club’s six-game swoon, going pointless in the club’s past two losses, to Toronto and Carolina. In addition, they have combined to generate just one of the five total even-strength goals scored by Edmonton over the past six games. Complicating matters is the Oilers’ brutal performance on special teams. The club has surrendered seven power play goals and one shorthanded marker over the past five games.

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