The Edmonton Oilers make their way to St. Louis to face the Blues(22-12-5) for the second of four meetings this season. The first contest did not go in the Blues’ favor as the Oilers were able to beat a then “easy” Jaroslav Halak in Edmonton 4-2. It’s a new time and new team this time around, however. The Blues come into this one tied with the best home record of 15-3-2. This is also good news considering their next 11 games include 9 at home.
Edmonton(16-20-3), well, isn’t on quite the same track as St. Louis. They’re one of the worst teams on the road in fact, and this recent trip of theirs hasn’t made anyone think different. Currently on a seven-game road trip, the Oilers stand at 1-4-0 thus far, and could possibly make that 1-5-0 after tonight against a very tough Blues team.
It looks as if the Blues will be without Alexander Steen once again after he sustained concussion-like symptoms and failed a mandatory baseline test. This is obviously a huge blow to the team as Steen is their top goal producer(13), tied with T.J. Oshie. But a major plus coming into this matchup is the “return” of Halak. He’s certainly been an eye-opener recently, after a very rough start to this season. Disregarding his play at the beginning of the season, pay more attention to his last eight starts. In these starts, he is 5-0-3 with a 1.82 GAA. Much better than a 3.35 GAA in his first seven starts, huh? We’ll see if he can continue the madness and give the Blues yet another win at home on their way atop the Central Division.