NHL Betting: Impressive Nashville To Prey On Edmonton


Edmonton Oilers at Nashville Predators

Nashville have already beaten the Oilers home and away this year so are looking to secure the season sweep in their third and final clash.

On top of that this is a contest between two clubs from differing ends of the Western Conference and their respective recent form suggests neither's position will be changing anytime soon.

It's the same old news for fans in Edmonton and they've picked up just the one point during a seven game winless run.

Trade rumours have begun to rumble around who the Oilers might have given up on and want to move, there would appear to be little shortage of candidates.

Ben Scrivens's play in net has been deteriorating since a solid opening though they'd need to give up a lot to get an elite goaltender a level above the list of names the franchise has gone through in the past few years.

Improving the group in front of him is the most viable option, Justin Schultz might be their best offensive defencemen but his play in his own zone makes him a liability and Dallas Eakins has reduced his ice time significantly this week.

Andrew Ference was never the lead guy in Boston though has the responsibility of playing the toughest minutes here, he and new partner Jeff Petry are a combined -9 in their last three outings so I've no doubt Peter Laviolette will be targeting them tonight.

Down in Nashville a pair of shootout victories over Florida and LA has pushed their home record to 8-1-1, they were particularly impressive against the Champions on Tuesday and maybe should have had it won sooner.

Maybe their most impressive statistic of the opening quarter is they are yet to lose twice in a row, they're yet to have any really bad losses so I guess it's easy to shrug them off.

As I've likely said before I can't remember the Predators having a; Filip Forsberg, James Neal and Mike Ribeiro are all relatively recent additions yet they're the team's three leading scorers.

It's already been proven in the first two contests that Nashville have too much here and should be able to win this one by a clear margin.

Best Bet: Nashville Predators to overcome a -1.5 goal handicap at 2.28