Edmonton Oilers vs. Nashville Predators Free Pick

In their second head-to-head meeting of the regular season, the Edmonton Oilers and the Nashville Predators clash at Bridgestone Arena for a Western Conference matchup. This one will get underway at 8 p.m. ET on Tuesday, January 9 and it’ll be shown live on NBC Sports Network.

Edmonton Oilers vs. Nashville Predators Odds

Nashville (-165) is currently the favorite over Edmonton (+145) and the oddsmakers have set the Over/Under (O/U) at 6 goals. The odds for betting the total stand at -110 for the over and -110 for the under.

The Predators are 24-17 straight up (SU) and have earned 4.0 units for moneyline bettors this season. That winning percentage, ranked fourth in the NHL so far this season, is an improvement compared to how the team performed during the 2016-17 season (41-41). Among the teams 41 games this season, 21 have gone over the total, while 20 have gone under and none have pushed. The teams 12-6 SU at home this season.

Nashville’s connected on 24.0 percent of its power play opportunities this year, a figure that’s good enough for fifth-best in the NHL. On the other hand, its penalty kill is ranked 13th overall, and it’s successfully killed off 82.0 percent of all penalties.

As a team, Nashville has been penalized 5.2 times per game overall this season, and 3.4 per game over its past five contests. The team has been forced to defend opposition power plays for just 7.4 minutes per game over its last five matchups, overall.

With a .924 save percentage and 29.2 saves per game, Pekka Rinne (20-11-3) has been the top option in goal for the Predators this year. If head coach Peter Laviolette chooses to rest him, however, the team could turn to Juuse Saros (4-7-7 record, .922 save percentage, 2.42 goals against average).

Filip Forsberg and P.K. Subban will each spearhead the attack for the Predators. Forsberg (34 points) has tallied 15 goals and 19 assists and has recorded two or more points eight times this year. Subban has nine goals and 22 assists to his name and has notched at least one point in 21 games.

Edmonton is 18-25 straight up (SU) and has lost 12.8 units for bettors taking the moneyline thus far. A total of 22 of its games have gone under the total, while 20 have gone over and just one has pushed. Edmonton’s 9-12 SU as the away team this season.

Edmonton has converted on just 16.1 percent of its power play opportunities this season, a figure that’s ranked 26th in the NHL. On the other hand, its penalty kill unit is ranked 31st overall and it’s successfully killed off 71.5 percent of all penalties.

Edmonton’s skaters have been called for penalties 3.9 times per game in total this season, and 2.8 per game over their past ten outings. The teams had to stave off opponent power plays just 6.9 minutes per game over their last 10 outings.

Cam Talbot (.902 save percentage and 3.12 goals against average) has been the main option in goal for Edmonton. Talbot is averaging 26.6 saves per game and owns a 15-18-2 record.

For the visiting Oilers, the offense will run through Connor McDavid, who has 33 assists and 14 goals this year.

Edmonton Oilers at Nashville Predators Betting Predictions

Predictions: SU Winner – Oilers, O/U – Over

Betting Trends

  • Nashville (3-4 in shootouts) has more shootout experience coming into this one. Edmonton has only participated in two shootouts this year, winning one and losing the other.
  • The under has hit in three of Nashville’s last five outings.
  • The Oilers have averaged the leagues third-most shots on goal (34.6) while Nashville has attempted just the 25th-most (30.6).
  • Over Edmonton’s last ten games, six of them have been decided by two or more goals (the team is 2-4 in those games).
  • Edmonton skaters have dished out the leagues most hits per game (26.9), but the teams recorded just 19.0 hits over their last five away games.