Oilers vs. Predators - 1/23/16 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Nashville Predators (21-18-8) at Edmonton Oilers (19-25-5)
NHL Hockey: Saturday, January 23, 2016 at 10:00 pm (Rexall Place)
The Line: Edmonton Oilers +130 / Nashville Predators -144 --- Over/Under: 5 See the Latest Odds
The Nashville Predators and Edmonton Oilers meet Saturday night at the Rexall Place.
The Nashville Predators need a win after losing six of their last eight games. The Nashville Predators are averaging 2.5 goals per game and are scoring on 20.3 percent of their power plays. James Neal leads Nashville with 17 goals, Roman Josi has 23 assists and Filip Forsberg has 140 shots on goal. Defensively, the Nashville Predators are allowing 2.7 goals per game and are killing 77.8 percent of their power play chances. Pekka Rinne has allowed 99 goals on 1,023 shots faced and Carter Hutton has given up 18 goals on 200 shots. Rinne has allowed nine goals in his last three games.
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The Edmonton Oilers also need a win after losing six of their last eight games. The Edmonton Oilers are averaging 2.4 goals per game and are scoring on 16.9 percent of their power plays. Taylor Hall leads Edmonton with 18 goals, Leon Draisaitl has 25 assists and Teddy Purcell has 108 shots on goal. Defensively, the Edmonton Oilers are allowing 2.9 goals per game and are killing 81.3 power play chances. Cam Talbot has allowed 68 goals on 801 shots faced and Anders Nilsson has given up 70 goals on 722 shots. Talbot has allowed six goals in his last three games.
The Predators are 6-2 in their last 8 games playing on 1 days rest and 2-8 in their last 10 vs. Western Conference. The Oilers are 10-4 in their last 14 home games and 17-61 in their last 78 vs. Western Conference. The Predators are 2-5 in the last 7 meetings in Edmonton and 4-0 in the last 4 meetings overall.
Neither team has been all that hot entering this matchup, as they've both won just two of their last eight games. The Oilers have won 10 of their last 14 home games. So, in a game that should be closer to a toss up, I'll side with the plus money.