Connor McDavid, Leon Draisaitl, and the Edmonton Oilers are set to do battle against Roman Josi, Filip Forsberg, and the Nashville Predators at Bridgestone Arena in a Western Conference showdown. The first puck will drop at 8 p.m. ET on Monday, March 2, and it’ll be televised live on Sportsnet.
Edmonton Oilers at Nashville Predators Odds
The Predators (-145) are being chosen as the narrow favorites over the Oilers (+125), and the oddsmakers have put the Over/Under (O/U) at 6 goals (-115 for the over, -105 for the under).
Edmonton is 34-31 straight up (SU) and has netted 4.5 units for moneyline bettors this season. Through 65 regular season matches, 31 of its games have gone over the total, while 30 have gone under and just four have pushed. This 2019-20 Oilers team is 18-16 SU on the road.
Edmonton currently has the first-strongest power-play unit in the NHL, as it’s found the net on 29.3 percent of its extra-man opportunities this year. Additionally, its penalty kill is ranked second overall, and it has successfully killed off a whopping 84.2 percent of its penalties..
Sporting a .911 save percentage and 27.5 saves per game, Mikko Koskinen (17-17-2) has been the top option in goal for Edmonton this season. If Edmonton chooses to rest him, however, they might turn to Mike Smith (18-18-6 record, .905 save percentage, 2.87 goals against average).
Nashville is 32-32 straight up (SU) and has lost 12.1 units for moneyline bettors this year. 35 of its games have gone over the total, while 28 have gone under and just one has pushed. It’s 16-17 SU at home this year.
The Predators have converted on just 16.3 percent of their power play chances this season, a mark that places them in the bottom 10 overall among NHL teams. On the other hand, its penalty kill is ranked 29th overall, and it’s successfully killed off 74.9 percent of all opponent power plays.
Juuse Saros (25.9 saves per game) has been the top netminder in goal for the Predators. Saros has 14 wins, 21 losses, and four overtime losses to his name and has maintained a poor .907 save percentage and 2.89 goals against average this season.
Edmonton Oilers vs. Nashville Predators Betting Picks
Prediction: SU Winner – Predators, O/U – Under
The Predators are 3-3 in games decided by a shootout this season while the Oilers are 2-2 in shootouts.
Three of Nashville’s last five games gone under the total.
Edmonton has managed 29.0 shot attempts per game over its last five road games while Nashville has been attempting 33.6 shots per game over its last five at home.
Edmonton skaters recorded 26.7 hits per game last season, while the Preds accounted for 18.7 hits per contest.