The NHL is set up with another great slate of action throughout April 14. Twelve games are up on the board on Thursday night. One of these games will be between the Edmonton Oilers and the Nashville Predators. These two teams have been solid throughout this season and will look for a big win in this one. This game will drop the puck at around 8:00 PM Eastern time.
Edmonton has earned a record of 42-26-6 throughout this season, which has them sitting in second place of the Pacific division. The Oilers are coming off two straight losses, but have won six of their last eight. Edmonton has a two point lead on the second seed with an extra game in hand. The Oilers will look for a big win on the road in this one.
The Predators have put up a record of 42-26-5 so far this season, which has them in fourth place of the Central division. Nashville is coming off a win in their last game, but have lost two of their last three. The Predators have a one point lead on the second wild card spot. Nashville will look to come out quickly at home on Thursday night.
These two teams have been solid throughout this season and will look for a big win in this one. The Oilers have been on a roll as of late and will look to come out fast in this one. Nashville will look to strengthen their own hold on a wild card spot. If either team can come out quickly in this one, it could be enough for the win.
The following odds are courtesy of Bovada:
|Edmonton Oilers||+1 ½ (-250)||-110||Over 6 (-110)|
|Nashville Predators||-1 ½ (+210)||-110||Under 6 (-110)|
|Team Data||Edmonton Oilers||Nashville Predators|
|Away/ Home Record||19-14-5||23-12-0|
|Goals Per Game||3.41||3.22|
|Goals Per Game Away/ Home||3.24||3.14|
|Save Percentage Away/ Home||.900||.921|
- 4-2 in April
- 13-14 after allowing four or more goals
- 11-10 after a loss by two or more goals
- 6-6 after scoring one goal or less
- 18-19 against team with a winning record
- 3-3 in April
- 13-7 revenging loss to an opponent
- 2-1 after shutting out their opponent
- 5-6 after scoring one goal or less
- 18-19 against team with a winning record
These two teams have met up twice throughout the season. Edmonton hosted the first game on November 3. Leon Draisaitl had two goals and an assist, while Connor McDavid and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins had two assists. The Oilers won 5-2. The second game stayed in Edmonton on January 27. McDavid had a goal and the shootout winner as the Oilers won 3-2.
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We wrap the two-game trip tonight in Nashville!
— Edmonton Oilers (@EdmontonOilers) April 14, 2022
The Oilers have been strong on the power play this season. Edmonton has scored on 55 of their 215 power play chances, which is a 25.6 percent success rate. The Oilers have killed off 177 of their opponents 227 power play attempts, which is a 78 percent penalty kill. Edmonton is 4th on the power play and 20th on the kill this season.
Nashville has been solid on special teams throughout the season. The Predators have capitalized on 54 of their 224 power play opportunities, which is a 24.1 percent power play. Nashville has given up 49 power play goals on 249 penalties against, which is an 80.3 percent kill rate. The Predators are 7th on the man advantage and 13th on the penalty kill.
These two teams have been solid throughout the season on the power play. Edmonton has struggled a bit on the penalty kill, but will look to step up in this one. The Predators have been up and down in stretches of special teams this season. If either team can get a power play goal or two in this one, it could be enough for the win.
I expect Mike Smith to get the start in the crease for Edmonton in this one. Smith has started in 22 games this season, going 11-9-2 in those matchups. He has posted a .903 save percentage and a GAA of 3.19 in those games. Smith’s last start was against the Los Angeles Kings. He stopped 31 of 33 shots in the win.
Juuse Saros will likely get the nod between the pipes for the Predators on Thursday night. Saros has earned a record of 36-22-3 throughout his 61 starts this season. He has put up a save percentage of .922 and a 2.50 GAA in those outings. Saros finished with a 25 shot shutout in his last start against the San Jose Sharks, which was enough for the win.
These two goalies have been solid throughout this season and will look for a big win in this one. Smith has been hot as of late, winning four starts in a row. Saros has been solid as well, winning three of his last four starts. Both goalies will look to remain hot in this one. If either goalie can step up early, it could be enough for the win.
These two teams have been solid throughout this season and will look to step up early in this one. The Oilers have been dominant against Nashville throughout their last stretch of games and will look to keep it going. Edmonton has been the better team as of late and I think they can come out quick on the road. If the Oilers can grab an early lead on the road, I like their chances to earn the win.
Bovada has both teams listed as a -110 against the money line in this matchup. This implies that both teams have even odds to earn the win. I think that this line is accurate with both teams putting up similar records throughout the season. Edmonton has been hot as of late and I think they can bounce back after their last two losses. I like the value on the Oilers at even odds.