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Edmonton Oilers vs. Nashville Predators - 1/26/14

Nashville Predators (23-22-8) at Edmonton Oilers (15-32-6)

NHL Hockey: Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 8:00 pm (Rexall Place)

The Line: Edmonton Oilers -105 / Nashville Predators -105 --- Over/Under: 5.5 See the Latest Odds


Sunday’s game between the Nashville Predators and the Edmonton Oilers will be the second time the two have met this season, with the first game being a 3-0 victory for the Oilers on Thanksgiving.

Nashville is rolling right now offensively. Over the last six games the Predators are averaging 3.7 goals per contest and are 4-1-1 during that stretch. In the Preds last game, Friday at Calgary, Eric Nystrom put on a clinic. Nystrom was virtually a one-man show, scoring all four of Nashville’s goals, but it was not enough as the Predators fell 5-4 in a shootout. While the offense has been a huge part of Nashville’s recent success, goaltender Carter Hutton has won each of the four games during the aforementioned six game period. Nashville can get over .500 on the road this season with two wins to wrap up the current four game road trip, first at Edmonton and then the Winnipeg Jets.

Edmonton Oilers vs. Nashville Predators - 1/26/14

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Edmonton has been terrible lately, losers of six straight games. A four game road trip kicked off the streak, but even after returning home the Oilers have dropped consecutive games to the Vancouver Canucks and Phoenix Coyotes. Against the Coyotes the Oilers fell behind 4-0, but somehow managed to make the score respectable at 4-3 by the third period horn. The Oilers lead the Buffalo Sabres by one point for the NHL’s worst record at the moment, but the Sabres have three games in hand on Edmonton.

As mentioned, this will be the second meeting this season between these two teams, and Nashville will be looking to exact a little revenge. The Predators are 9-4 in the last 13 games in Edmonton, but the predators are just 3-13 in the last 16 after allowing 5 or more goals in the previous game. The Oilers have had trouble skating with even the poor teams in the league, going 0-5 in the last five versus teams with a losing record. When a team has a noteworthy losing streak, such as the six game winless run by the Oilers, I will typically look for a reason to think that the players will rise to the occasion and snap the streak. Here, I think it is possible, especially playing in front of the home crowd, but it is tough to be confident in a team that is 8-14-2 on home ice. In just the mildest of leans, I will side with the Oilers. 

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