Edmonton Oilers vs. Nashville Predators - 2/8/20 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Nashville Predators (26-20-7) at Edmonton Oilers (28-20-6)
NHL Hockey: Saturday, February 8, 2020 at 7:00 pm (Rogers Place)
The Line: Edmonton Oilers -110 / Nashville Predators -110 --- Over/Under: 6.5
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The Nashville Predators and the Edmonton Oilers meet in NHL action from Rogers Place on Saturday night.
The Nashville Predators will look to build on back-to-back wins after a 3-2 win over Calgary last time out. Calgary opened the scoring just :32 into the game but Dante Fabbro would tie the game at one just 1:16 later and Kyle Turris gave the Predators the lead just after the midway point of the opening period. Mikael Granlund pushed the Predators’ lead to 3-1 just before the halfway point of the 2nd period but Calgary would pull a goal back exactly two minutes later. The Flames would try to equalize, but the Predators would slam the door shut the rest of the way, riding the 3-2 line to the finish for the big road W. Juuse Saros got the win to improve to 9-8-4 on the year after stopping 37 of 39 shots faced in the winning effort.
The Edmonton Oilers will look to rebound from back-to-back losses after a 6-3 loss to San Jose last time out. Sam Gagner and Connor McDavid staked the Oilers an early 2-0 lead with goals 1:16 apart but the Sharks would tie the game at two by the end of the opening period. San Jose forged ahead 4-2 by the end of the 2ndperiod and 5-2 just past the five minute mark of the 3rd period. Ethan Bear pulled a goal back for Edmonton just 1:27 later, but that was as close as Calgary would get as San Jose restored the three-goal lead later in the 3rd and would ride that 6-3 lead to victory, sending the Flames home empty-handed. Mikko Koskinen took the loss, falling to 15-11-2 on the year after giving up all 6 goals on 31 shots faced in the losing effort.
Nashville is 4-1 in their last 5 games overall and 4-1 in their last 5 games as a road favorite while the under is 5-0-1 in their last 6 games against the Western Conference. Edmonton is 2-8 in their last 10 games against a team with a losing record and 5-16 in their last 21 games against the Central division while the over is 3-0-1 in their last 4 home games. Nashville is 36-17-1 in the last 54 meetings between these two teams and 7-1 in the last 8 meetings between these two teams in Edmonton.
Edmonton with a cheaper price at home is tempting, but the problem is that the Oilers have stumbled in their last couple of games that by all intents and purposes, Edmonton should’ve won. Nashville has excelled in the favorite role on the road as of late, and you could make the case that the Predators have been playing the better hockey as of late. Add in the dominance that the Predators have had over Edmonton, and I think you have to lay the juice with the Predators in this spot.