The Predators are surely glad to be home after their recent streak of defeats was followed by two consecutive winning at the Bridgestone Arena. Nashville needs to secure a new victory over the Oilers and further complicate matters for Edmonton who has slipped farther and farther from a playoffs berth.
Match: Nashville vs Edmonton
Odds: Unibet 2.05
The Predators scored 10 goals against Columbus and Calgary and conceded five, but at the end of the day they earned four more valuable points. Against the Oilers they have a great record and home games have been particularly favorable for Nashville who won the only fixture by 6-0. Their lack of effectiveness in their own half is worrisome but not against Edmonton, a team that frequently gets outshot by opponents.
Their penalty killing on the other hand is strong and this will go a long way for the host given the fact that they face an undersized opponent. Edmonton has lost recent games after winning three in a row, but they expect to have their first goalkeeper back in the net. Devan Dubnyk was kept on the bench in the most recent match as he suffered from a groin injury and his replacement didn’t rise to the challenge. What the visitors expect in Nashville is to come under a hail of pucks, with the hosts trying to keep opponents under pressure, so that their own defensive woes won’t cost them the game.
Nashville needs to make the most of this string of home games if they are to stay alive in a surprisingly competitive playoffs race. Tonight they should have an easy mission against the Oilers and win in regulation time, a performance that Unibet values at odds of 2.05.