Columbus at Edmonton -130 O/U 5.5
The Edmonton Oilers are rewarded with a nice “return from the All-Star Break” gift tonight with the return of their #1 overall draft pick from last year in Connor McDavid. McDavid returns for the first time since November 3rd after suffering a broken clavicle. McDavid had 12 points in 13 games before the injury and I think he’ll provide an emotional boost and also help offset the recent injury to top center Ryan Hugent-Hopkins. Columbus pulled off a two-game home-and-home sweep against the reeling Montreal Canadiens before the break but it’s still a Blue Jackets team that is currently tied with Toronto as the worst team in the Eastern Conference. It’s a beatable foe for Edmonton and even though the Jackets put two wins together, often times we do not see positive momentum prior to the break carry over. Columbus is forced to ride Joonas Korpisalo in net as both Sergei Bobrovsky and Curtis McElhinney remain out long-term due to injury. Edmonton has enough firepower to take advantage this shortcoming. It’s worth noting the Oilers’ goaltending has been better of late with Cam Talbot currently playing his best hockey of the season. He grades out as having the edge in between the pipes over Korpisalo. Despite Edmonton’s overall losing record, they’ve played well on home ice with a 13-10-1 record at Rexall Place. I like the situation and the current price of -130 to fire on the home favorite.