Edmonton Oilers vs. Columbus Blue Jackets Prediction, NHL Odds

Jordan Ramsay | Updated Apr 23, 2022

After officially clinching a playoff spot on Friday, the Edmonton Oilers will kick off their last road trip of the season when they visit the Columbus Blue Jackets on Sunday afternoon.

Edmonton
49-27-5-1
AT
April 24, 2022, 1:00 PM ET
Nationwide Arena
Columbus
37-38-4-3
Puckline -1.5 -114
Moneyline -278
Over / Under o +6.5

91%

Betting Action

9%

Puckline +1.5 -106
Moneyline +230
Over / Under u +6.5

91%

Betting Action

9%

The Edmonton Oilers made a statement on Friday night as they officially clinched a playoff spot by knocking off the Western Conference-leading Colorado Avalanche 6-3.  Next up for Edmonton is a trip to Columbus on Sunday afternoon.  The Blue Jackets, who will miss the playoffs for a second consecutive season, were also in action on Friday, dropping a 2-1 shootout decision against the Ottawa Senators.

The Oilers opened as -238 favourites to win on the NHL odds.

Oilers vs. Blue Jackets NHL Betting Odds

Edmonton has won the last five head-to-head meetings between these teams, including a 5-2 home win on Dec. 16.  The series has generally been low scoring, with four of the last five games finishing Under the total.

The Oilers seem to have worked out the kinks in their game as they ride into Sunday with 10 wins across their last 12 contests.  They’re 38-40 against the spread overall this year, including 19-20 ATS on the road.  The total has gone Under in six of Edmonton’s last eight games overall and four of their last five on the road.

It’s been a tough season in Columbus as the team enters this matchup with 12 losses in their last 15 games.  They’ve been a solid cover option, however, going 46-32 ATS overall and 24-15 ATS at home.  The total has gone Under in four of the Blue Jackets’ last five games.

Edmonton Oilers

On a team with two of the biggest stars in the NHL, Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl, it was Evander Kane who stole the show in Denver on Friday.  Kane scored a hat trick in a four-point effort, hitting the 20-goal mark in 39 games with Edmonton this season.  McDavid picked up a helper on all three of Kane’s goals.  Evan Bouchard, Kailer Yamamoto and Kris Russell also scored, while Mike Smith made 34 saves.  McDavid continues to lead the NHL in points, matching a career-high with 116 (43G, 73A).  Draisaitl has dropped to fourth in the NHL with 107 points (54G, 53A).

Smith seems to have fully taken the reigns as the Oilers’ No. 1 option in net, although it’s not clear who will start on Sunday between Smith and Mikko Koskinen.  Smith, who has won his last eight starts, is 15-9-2 this year, with a 2.88 goals-against average and .913 save percentage.  Koskinen is 25-11-4 with a 3.09 GAA and .902 SV.  Defenceman Darnell Nurse‘s status is up in the air.  Nurse, who logs major minutes on Edmonton’s blue line, left Friday’s game with a lower body injury and did not return.  There’s been no update on his status.

Columbus Blue Jackets

Riding a four-game losing streak, the Blue Jackets are ready for this season to end.  Jack Roslovic scored Columbus’ only goal on Friday and all three Blue Jackets shooters failed to find the back of the net in the shootout.  Elvis Merzlikins stopped 25 of 26 shots faced through regulation and overtime.  Roslovic has been hot lately, putting up eight goals and 10 points over his last six games.  Patrik Laine and Jakub Voracek share the team lead with 56 points apiece.  Laine also has a team-high 26 goals.  Oliver Bjorkstrand, who is third on the team with 50 points (24G, 26A), is pointless over his last 11 games.

Merzlikins is expected to get the start in net again on Sunday.  The 28-year-old native of Latvia is 25-21-7 this year, with a 3.27 GAA and .906 SV.

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