Thursday's NHL Prediction

2011 NHL Picks and Predictions Oilers Blue Jackets

EDMONTON, Albert (TheSpread) – The Edmonton Oilers look to get a rare win on Thursday when they host the Columbus Blue Jackets. Here is a breakdown of my pick for this game.

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Edmonton is 21-35-8 on the season and 11-19-4 at home. The Oilers rank last in the West with 50 points and have won 5 of their last 10 games.

Columbus is 31-24-7 on the season and 15-11-5 on the road. The Blue Jackets are 12th in the West with 69 points and they have won 6 of their last 10 games.

Oddsmakers from online sportsbook Sportsbook.com have given Columbus betting odds of -130 for today’s game while Edmonton has odds of +120. The over/under for goals scored has been set at 5.5. Here is a look at the trends and my pick for tonight’s game.

Columbus Blue Jackets vs. Edmonton Oilers, 9PM ET (View Matchup)

The Blue Jackets are 5-1 in their last 6 games with the Oilers but just 4-12 in their last 16 in Edmonton and the home team has won the last 4 games in the series. My pick is with Edmonton. They may be bad, but Columbus isn’t that great either. I will take the home team in this scenario and look for the Oilers to push for respect.

NHL FREE PICK: EDMONTON OILERS +120

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