A match against the Oilers is exactly what Nashville needs after losing consecutive games in Canada and being outshot 13-7. The last time the two teams met, the Predators crushed Edmonton 6-0 but back then they had home ice advantage, a luxury that they won’t enjoy tonight.
Match: Edmonton vs Nashville
Bet: Over 5 goals
Odds: Pinnacle Sports 1.92
Despite their atrocious away record, Nashville can’t afford to play it safe in Alberta because the only way to beat the Oilers at home is by coming out firing from the first minute. Edmonton returns home after a franchise record streak of 9 away games and needs to do something about its struggling backline and disappointing goalkeeping. Even though their first choice goalie failed in keeping them alive in most games that went into overtime, he is not even remotely as bad as Nashville’s goalie.
Rinne was pulled from the net after allowing two goals on two shots, but he is not entirely to blame as his defenders failed to do their part. Canada is not the place where the Predators feel at home but Edmonton is the only Canadian team against whom they have a positive record even away from home. Shea Weber and David Legwand are the two players that the visitors count on spearheading the offensive, with the latter scoring at least once in each of his last five starts.
The strategy that both team is going tonight is to score one goal more than the opponent, and this makes it very difficult to predict the winner. A much safer assumption is that plenty of goals will be scored and the 5 goals threshold set by Pinnacle Sports should be easily surpassed. If exactly five goals are scored, the stakes are returned.