Nashville vs Edmonton: NHL Western Conference Betting Odds and Prediction
Nashville Predators: Hot season start has cooled considerably
Strong out of the NHL 2015-16 starting gate, Nashville opened their season on a 11-3-3 roll, the Predators were second overall in the Central Division back on November 18, 2015. The good times didn’t last though as Nashville is on a 10-15-5 skid and have fallen three points out of a Wild Card spot in the West. Following a 2-1 (OT) win over Carolina to open the New Year – Nashville dropped five games in row by a 21-10 margin. The Preds have rebounded some as they beat Minnesota (3-0) lost to Chicago (4-1) and won in Winnipeg (4-1) during their last three games. If Nashville is going to make some playoff music – they need to crank up their play in the second half of the season.
Edmonton Oilers: Hitting a ten-year playoff drought is beginning to look like a reality
Following a 8-15-2 season start – Edmonton appeared to be on the upswing as the Oilers won six in row to open December. Sitting with a 14-15-2 record, the winning run moved Edmonton into a tie for second in the weak Pacific Division and playoff talk started to surface in the Alberta Capital. The chatter has died down though as the Oilers 5-10-1 recent record has pushed them into the Western Conference cellar and eight points out of the playoff race. With Connor McDavid still rehabbing his broken clavicle, the Oilers suffered another hit as third leading scorer Ryan Nugent-Hopkins will miss the next six-to-eight weeks with a hand injury. It’s sad how far the once mighty Oilers have fallen.
Edmonton vs Nashville NHL Prediction: Pekka Rinne (17-15-7 GAA 2.54) battles Cam Talbot (9-14-3 GAA 2.58) in the goaltending duel tonight. Rinne snapped a personal five-game losing streak as he was strong during the 4-1 win in Winnipeg. He is however just two losses away from the 17 he posted overall last season. Talbot, who was just granted a three-year $12.5M contract extension, allowed three goals on 35 shots during the Oilers 3-2 loss in Dallas on Thursday. Including a 2-0 win in Nashville, during the first of three meetings this season, the Predators have won four straight vs the Oilers by a combined 10-3 count. Back Nashville with a five-unit wager on the money line posted at the Bet365 online sportsbook. Get in on LIVE NHL action via the odds image below.
Edmonton Oilers vs Nashville Predators – Bet365 Sportbook NHL Betting Lines
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