NHL Betting: Nashville will prove too slick for Oilers

Ottawa and Vancouver find themselves no more than a few points off a play-off position despite underperforming in many people's eyes so far this year. 

On current form neither side will be closing that small gap soon. Again the Senators are on a back-to-back as curiously their last four games have been paired up on consecutive nights. On both occasions they've lost the second game within the 24 hour period so it clearly doesn't suit them. 

Although the Canucks are struggling to register wins they've picked up bonus points and been involved late in all of their recent games. It's my belief they aren't far off taking a big step forward, once they start taking the chances that are there. 

The Sens have to be considered much more deserving of their disappointing position because of continual poor play on the back end. Erik Karlsson may lead the team in points to compensate for his liabilities,  but the rest of the blueliners aren't pulling their weight. 

I'm surprised that the Canucks have been favoured by the odds in this one, though it does appear to be a very winnable matchup. Back them to come out on top at 2.45.

The Nashville Predators have hit form and appear to have turned a corner. They will be looking forward to prolonging this success when the West's bottom club Edmonton come to visit. 

Only playing once in the last week should mean the Oilers are well-rested but their momentum has also been sapped, as that only outing was a thrashing from Chicago. Prior to the break they'd managed to pick up two big wins. 

It's by no means a positive that these two clubs have used four different goaltenders at some point through the season. Nashville appear to have settled on Czech Marek Mazanec to carry the load whilst Pekka Rinne sits out and he's been central to their upturn - only producing a below .900 save percentage once in eight appearances. 

The media coverage will be focussing on Ilya Bryzgalov making his first start for Edmonton, after doing an OK job in relief versus Chicago. The Russian thrived in a defensive system in Phoenix and failed behind a less stringent one like the Oilers possess with Philadelphia, so I can't say I predict long term success for this experiment. 

Net-minding aside, the Predators simply look a better team too, so back them for a routine home win.

Best Bet

Back the Nashville Predators to win at 2.10

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