Edmonton Oilers at Nashville Predators - 4/14/22 NHL Picks and Prediction

Edmonton Oilers at Nashville Predators - 4/14/22 NHL Picks and Prediction Photo by Matt Blewett-USA TODAY Sports

Nashville Predators (42-26-5) vs Edmonton Oilers (42-26-6)

Game Info: Thursday, April 14, 2022 at 8:00 pm (Bridgestone Arena)

Betting Odds: Nashville Predators -120 / Edmonton Oilers -102 --- Over/Under: 6 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Nashville Predators host the Edmonton Oilers in Thursday NHL Action.

The Edmonton Oilers come into this road contest with an overall record of 42-26-6. Through 74 games, the Oilers are 2nd in the Pacific Division. On the season, they have found the net 256 times, good for a rank of 7th among NHL teams. Heading into the game, Edmonton is the 21st-ranked defensive team, allowing opponents to score at an average rate of 3.16 goals per game. So far, the Oilers have a strength of schedule rating of 18th in the league. When diving into their opponent-adjusted scoring margin, they come into this game as the 14th-ranked team in the NHL.

The Nashville Predators get set to host the Edmonton Oilers with an overall record of 42-26-5. This mark places them 4th in the Central division. Through 73 games, the Predators have scored 237 goals, giving them an average of 3.22. This output gives them a rank of 13th among NHL teams. On defense, Nashville is the 9th ranked unit, giving up 2.85 goals per contest. So far, the Predators have played the 23rd toughest schedule in the league. And, when taking into account Nashville's scoring margin relative to the quality of their competition, they come in with a power ranking of 12th in the NHL.

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Through 74 games, the Edmonton Oilers' leading goal scorer is Leon Draisaitl. With his 51 assists, he is the second in overall points, coming in at 102. On the season, he is turning 19.8% of his shots into goals. In addition, the Oilers have benefited from the strong play of Connor McDavid, who is the team's overall leader in points. In Edmonton's 74 games, he has come up with 42 goals on a shooting percentage of 14.2%. While on the ice, his offensive production has led to a plus-minus rating of 22. Edmonton's top goalie is Mikko Koskinen, who is giving up an average of 3.09 goals per game.

Coming into this game, the Nashville Predators leader in points is Roman Josi. In Nashville's 73 games, he has come up with 19 goals and 68 assists. He has scored his goals on a shooting percentage of 7.5%. The team's top overall goal scorer is Filip Forsberg. Of his 38 goals, 18.0% have come during power play time. While on the ice, his offensive production has led to a plus-minus rating of +22.0. Nashville's top goalie is Juuse Saros, who is giving up an average of 2.5 goals per game. In his 61 games played, he has turned in 42 quality starts, giving him a quality start percentage above the league average.

In Edmonton's 74 games, the over has hit in over half of their games, going 38-35-1. So far, the team has been less likely to go over the betting line when playing on the road, going just 16-21-1. On the season, 65.0% of Edmonton's games have gone for at least 6 goals or more, with 54.0% of the scoring coming from the Oilers. In Nashville's 73 games, the over has hit in over half of their games, going 42-31. So far, the team has been less likely to go over the betting line when playing at home, going just 15-20. On the season, 58.0% of Nashville's games have gone for at least 6 goals or more, with 53.0% of the scoring coming from the Predators. Look for this matchup to surpass the over-under line of 6 goals, as Edmonton's offense should be able to contribute enough scoring to help push the total over the betting line.

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