If you take a look at the current NHL standings, you get a very clear idea of the level of parity that currently exists in the league. The Boston Bruins have a 7-point lead at the top of the Atlantic Division and are well on pace to win the President’s Trophy this season. After them, though, things get pretty darned tight, with the other three divisional races all looking as though they might well go down to the final few days of the season. One division that has been close all season long is the Pacific Division, where the top 5 teams have all taken turns at the lead. It is the Vegas Golden Knights who are on top now after an 8-game winning streak, but that came to an end over the weekend, leaving the Edmonton Oilers in second, just 4 points back of Vegas. The Oilers have a he road game tonight in Nashville versus a Predators team that is clinging to the final Wild Card spot at the moment. It is Nashville who are favored by 1 ½ on home ice in this crucial tilt, with the goal total for this one set at 6. Let’s see how the NHL odds will be for the Oilers vs Predators.
Oilers vs Predators 2020 NHL Game Preview & Betting Odds
- When: Monday, March 2 at 8 PM EST
- Where: Bridgestone Arena, Nashville
- TV: ESPN+
- NHL Odds: Nashville Predators -1.5 / Total 6
Why bet on the Edmonton Oilers
The Pacific Division has been a place where any poor run of form has seen a team drop from top spot all the way down to 5th and below the playoff line in the matter of a few days. While it’s certainly fun to watch the rollercoaster ride, the teams involved know that there is zero margin for error at this stage of the season. The Oilers have gone 5-3-2 in their last 10 game to stay in second and within 4 points of the lead. While the Oilers have historically struggled against Nashville, winning just 3 of the last 17 meetings, they are breaking out of the slump this season by winning both earlier meetings. Still, though, they have 1 win in their last 8 games played in Nashville, but they are a solid 18-13-3 on the road this season.
- Goals: 3.14
- Shots: 29.66
- PP/PK Percentage: 29.17
- Goals: 3.09
- Shots: 31.49
- PP/PK Percentage: 15.68
Why bet on the Nashville Predators
It has been a strange few days for the Predators in their quest to make the playoffs this season. A stirring come from behind OT win against the Calgary Flames was followed up by a 3-2 loss to the Colorado Avalanche, leaving the Predators sitting in the 8th and final playoff spot in the Western Conference. While they are in a playoff spot right now, the race down there is tight, so any kind of losing streak could see the Nashville Predators fall below the playoff line. The good news is that they have been in decent form of late, going 6-3-1 in their last 10 games. Their home record is not overwhelmingly good, but they do have a winning record there at 16-13-4.
- Goals: 3.19
- Shots: 33.25
- PP/PK Percentage: 16.27
- Goals: 3.19
- Shots: 30.98
- PP/PK Percentage: 25.13
Oilers vs Predators NHL Betting Trends
- Edmonton are 2-4 SU in their last 6 games.
- Edmonton are 3-14 SU in their last 17 games against Nashville.
- Edmonton are 1-7 SU in their last 8 games when playing on the road against Nashville.
- Edmonton are 5-1 SU in their last 6 games against an opponent in the Central Division division.
- The total has gone UNDER in 10 of Nashville’s last 14 games.
- Nashville are 6-3 SU in their last 9 games.
- The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Nashville’s last 5 games against Edmonton.
- The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Nashville’s last 8 games at home.
Oilers vs Predators Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction
This season has seen the tide turn in this matchup, with the Oilers winning both previous meetings after struggling mightily against Nashville over the past few seasons. With that in mind, I am taking the Oilers to cover, although I think the Predators might eke out the win.
Edmonton Oilers 2 Nashville Predators 3