Edmonton Oilers (18-22-3) at Nashville Predators (24-11-6)
|Date & Time||Tuesday January 9, 2018, 8:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Nashville Predators -156 / Edmonton Oilers +141 --- Over/Under: 5.5
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NHL action features a matchup between the Nashville Predators and the Edmonton Oilers on Tuesday.
The first half of the season is not over yet but the Edmonton Oilers know they have a lot of work to do if the postseason is in their future. Edmonton has dropped six of seven with struggles at both ends of the ice plaguing the team That trend continued Sunday in a 4-1 defeat at the Chicago Blackhawks where Darnell Nurse scoring the only goal in the second.
The Blackhawks saw four different players score with Nick Schmaltz, Alex Debrincat, Brandon Saad and Jordan Oesterle all finding the back of the net while seven players recorded assists. Anton Forsberg stopped 32 shots to get the win while Cam Talbot was charged with the loss with 25 saves.
The Nashville Predators are sitting in third in the Central but there are several teams that are within striking distance of the top spot. Nashville comes in off of a 4-3 win at the Los Angeles Kings to end a two game skid. The Kings scoring came off the sticks of Adrian Kempe, Trevor Lewis and Tyler Toffoli.
The Predators offense received a pair of tallies off the stick Austin Watson with Roman Josi and Scott Hartnell joining the scoring column. PK Subban added a pair of helpers for Nashville to make the 26 stops of Pekka Rinne a winner while Jonathan Quick took the loss with four goals allowed on 20 shots.
Oilers are 0-5 in their last 5 vs. Central and under is 4-0 in Oilers last 4 following a loss of 3 or more goals and Oilers are 1-6 in their last 7 vs. Western Conference. Under is 4-0 in Predators last 4 vs. a team with a losing record and under is 4-1 in Predators last 5 when their opponent scores 2 goals or less in their previous game and under is 4-1 in Predators last 5 vs. Pacific. Under is 6-1-3 in the last 10 meetings and under is 4-1-2 in the last 7 meetings in Nashville and Oilers are 5-16 in the last 21 meetings in Nashville.
The Predators haven’t been anything special lately so you have to ask yourself if the better team is worth the risk…