The Nashville Predators continue their tour out west in Canada tonight, as they pay a visit to the Edmonton Oilers after a losing proposition against the Canucks on Saturday night. The Predators previously set a franchise record by registering at least a point in fifteen straight games. Nashville is 0-2 on this trip, losing to the Flames and Canucks, but the Flames loss was in overtime, which added another point to the Predators cause. They were thoroughly outplayed against the Canucks, and the result was a 4-2 loss. With the Canucks catching favorable odds in that game, +155 in some spots, it was foolish of me to not pull the trigger on the Canucks. They have a funny way of playing up or down to their opponents.
The Canucks have been able to knock off some quality teams frequently this season, resulting in a nice cashed ticket at plus odds. The Predators are undoubtedly the favorites against the Oilers tonight, who are coming off a frustrating loss against the Coyotes at home. Despite hammering over 40 shots on net, the Oilers were shutout 4-0 against the Yotes.
The frustration on this team has been boiling over. The post-game interviews by head coach Todd McLellan tell a lot. He looks demoralized and at a loss for words sometimes. There isn’t even really any reason for him to come out and give a new interview every night, because it’s the same story for the Oilers. Despite having a bevy of talent on the roster, the Oilers are what you would call underachievers. I think it’s an element of the culture in Edmonton. Taylor Hall and others just expect to lose, or at least, it’s how it feels to me. The talent is there, including the ultra-talented rookie Connor McDavid, but it is evident there is still a ways to go until the Oilers become a threat.
The Oilers have gone 5-5 in their last ten games, which for them, shouldn’t be viewed as a complete failure. There a few good wins in there against the Flyers, Islanders, and Wild. A win against the Predators would make for a good win as well. We’ll see how both of these teams respond who are coming off losses. The Predators have yet to pick up a win on their road trip, let’s see if tonight against the Oilers reverses those fortunes.
Nashville Predators vs. Edmonton Oilers NHL Pick
You want to know who Todd McLellan reminded me of following the loss against the Coyotes? A sports bettor who felt like they should have been on the winning side, but the scoreboard tells a different story. It really doesn’t matter how many shots, or how many shots a team has, the only thing that matters is the final score. And more often than not, the Oilers have been on the losing end of the stick. The Predators effort on Saturday night was uninspired and lazy. They let the Canucks beat them to the puck constantly and looked like they were out too late the night before.
The Preds enter with a record of 34-22-13 and as you can see are quite familiar with overtime. The Oilers currently trail the Maple Leafs for last place in the NHL which would boost their odds of earning the number 1 pick in the league again. The Oilers have been there before, drafting Nail Yakupov a few years ago, who has looked like a bust. They then had Connor McDavid fall into their lap in last year’s draft. This has been a series dominated by the Predators. The Oilers have been unable to beat the Preds in five outings. Nashville has gone 5-0 against the Oilers, outscoring them by a margin of 14-4. In other words, it really hasn’t been too close.
The Oiler offense has been completely inept of late, scoring only 1.80 goals per game in their last ten games. Edmonton is 28th in goals scored per game. Conversely, they are 24th defensively, allowing 2.92 goals per game. The Predators’ offense has been playing well, with 3.40 goals scored per game in their last ten appearances. I thought we would be getting a bigger price on the Predators in this game, but -140 is a pretty favorable price against the Oilers. The Preds looked like they were stuck in mud Saturday night, I expect a better effort tonight against the hapless Oilers. Look for the Predators to earn the win tonight, taking their first win in three games.
PICK: PREDATORS TO WIN -140