Nashville Predators vs. Edmonton Oilers - 3/2/20 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Edmonton Oilers (34-23-8) at Nashville Predators (32-24-8)
NHL Hockey: Monday, March 2, 2020 at 8:00 pm (Bridgestone Arena)
The Line: Nashville Predators -135 / Edmonton Oilers +122 --- Over/Under: 6
The Edmonton Oilers and Nashville Predators meet Monday in NHL action at the Bridgestone Arena.
The Edmonton Oilers need a win after splitting their last 12 games. The Edmonton Oilers are averaging 3.1 goals per game and are scoring on 28.6 percent of their power play opportunities. Leon Draisaitl leads Edmonton with 39 goals, Connor McDavid has 58 assists and James Neal has 107 shots on goal. Defensively, the Edmonton Oilers are allowing 3.1 goals per game and are killing 84.1 percent of their opponents power plays. Mike Smith has given up 96 goals on 1,012 shots faced and Mikko Koskinen has allowed 92 goals on 1,028 shots. The Edmonton Oilers have allowed three or less goals in 14 of their last 17 games.
The Nashville Predators look for a win after winning six of their last nine games. The Nashville Predators are averaging 3.2 goals per game and are scoring on 16.5 percent of their power play opportunities. Filip Forsberg leads Nashville with 18 goals, Roman Josi has 45 assists and Craig Smith has 164 shots on goal. Defensively, the Nashville Predators are allowing 3.1 goals per game and are killing 74.1 percent of their opponents power plays. Pekka Rinne has given up 97 goals on 973 shots faced and Juuse Saros has allowed 93 goals on 1,001 shots. The Nashville Predators have allowed three or more goals in 11 of their last 17 games.
The Oilers are 7-15 in their last 22 games following a win and 5-1 in their last 6 vs. Central. The Predators are 40-12 in their last 52 Monday games, 5-2 in their last 7 games as a home favorite and 5-2 in their last 7 home games. The over is 7-3 in Oilers last 10 games following a win. The under is 10-4 in Predators last 14 overall. The Oilers are 7-19-1 in the last 27 meetings in Nashville and 3-14 in the last 17 meetings.
The Edmonton Oilers have had issues with consistency lately and can't string wins together, and now they're playing on the road against an Oilers team that's won seven of the last 10 meetings against them. The Nashville Predators are enjoying one of their best stretches of the season and they're usually one of the toughest teams in the league at home this time of year. Because of the inconsistency of the Oilers and the history between these two teams, I'll side with the Preds at home and the cheap price.