NHL Predictions: November 14 Including Edmonton Oilers vs St. Louis Blues

Edmonton Oilers vs St. Louis Blues
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Welcome back to another day of NHL Predictions. Each day, Last Word on Hockey takes a look at the games that are happening and gives our predictions for each one. Breaking down head-to-head and other factors that may play in. We also have a featured game of the day, which is considered must-watch TV. Today’s featured game is the Edmonton Oilers vs St. Louis Blues.

NHL Predictions with Edmonton Oilers vs St. Louis Blues

Calgary Flames vs Ottawa Senators

Head-to-Head: Flames 0 – 0 Senators

The Calgary Flames started out on fire… so to speak with a 6-1-1 record, but have fallen back to earth since then. In their last six games, they are a less than attractive 1-2-3. They’re still in third in the Pacific Division, but just barely. The Los Angeles Kings, the winner of seven straight, are breathing down their neck. The Flames are in the midst of a seven-game road trip and have sustained two losses, one in overtime. Johnny Gaudreau is doing his best to restore his scoring touch with four goals and 11 assists in 14 games. They need to tighten up in the close games as they have dropped four of five overtime contests.

The Senators have really started to drop off with a dreadful 1-8-1 record in their last 10 games. They do have eight players on the injured list, with four being related to COVID-19. They have the task of getting by the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday night before matching up with the Flames for a back-to-back game. The Sens are 29th in scoring and 27th in defending, so this one doesn’t look good for them.

Prediction: Flames win 4-3

Montreal Canadiens vs Boston Bruins

Head-to-Head: Canadiens 0 – 0 Bruins

In this initial Atlantic Division clash, the Montreal Canadiens are reeling from their horrific start. What happened? Last season they were in the Stanley Cup Final and this year they stink. Coming into this one with a 4-10-1 record prior to their game against the surprising Detroit Red Wings on Saturday, everyone is wondering what the Montreal club must do to right the ship. This will be the back-end of back-to-back games for the Canadiens. They battle the Red Wings on Saturday night and hope to come away with two valuable wins. There’s no time the like the present to turn things around for the Habs.

The Bruins have been an excellent home team this season carrying a 5-1 record. They too will be playing back-to-back contests when they attempt to get by the New Jersey Devils on Saturday night. If you can stop the Bruins first line of Brad Marchand (6-G, 10-A), Patrice Bergeron (5-G, 6-A),  and David Pastrnak (4-G, 6-A) you may have a shot at winning. These two teams have a standing rivalry and this one should be good. Will the Habs snap out of it? Will the Bruins bury them?

Prediction: Bruins win 3-2 in OT

Edmonton Oilers vs St. Louis Blues

Head-to-Head: Oilers 0 – 0 Blues

This is the first meeting between these two clubs. The Oilers have been rolling right along carrying an outstanding record winning 10 of 13 games to start this new 2021-22 season. With the dynamic duo of Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl combining for a total of 58  points with 23 goals, what could go wrong? Draisaitl is tearing up the NHL with 14 goals and 14 assists. How do you stop the Oilers offence? Try to outscore them… not so easily done, since they are the highest scoring team in the league. With Mike Smith still injured, they are hoping that Mikko Koskinen can continue to play well in his stead. Still, this should be a classic matchup with the Blues.

The Blues are leading the Central Division with a stellar 8-2-2 record. So, this will be the battle of the Western Conference’s two leading teams. The Blues are led by Jordan Kyrou who has five goals and nine assists in 12 games. He is followed by Vladimir Tarasenko who has five goals and seven assists as of this writing. Jordan Binnington is doing his thing in net with a 6-2-2 record. He also possesses a .922 save percentage and a 2.58 goals-against-average. This could be a battle of whether the Blues can hold down the Oilers scoring machine. They surely won’t outscore the Edmonton wrecking crew.

Prediction: Oilers come out on top 4-2

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