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Preds Sweep Road DoubleThe ongoing three-date road trip of the Nashville Predators (21-16-7) went a perfect 2-0-0 after the team followed up Thursday’s 5-2 beat-down of the Chicago Blackhawks with a 1-0 shutout of the Winnipeg Jets at Bell MTS Place on Sunday. Kyle Turris (6 goals, 18 points this year) netted 12 minutes into the opening frame, as the Preds extended their road point streak to four outings (3-0-1). They are 3-1-1 in their previous five contests following a three-game losing run prior (0-3-0), and have recorded an 11-8-3 total when skating away from home.
Goalie Juuse Saros (6-7-4 on the year with a 3.09 GAA and a .897 save percentage) made 28 saves in Manitoba for his first shutout of the season and eighth of his NHL career. He is 2-1-0 versus Edmonton in previous encounters with a 1.36 GAA and a .964 save percentage, while Pekka Rinne (15-9-3 for the ongoing campaign with a 3.02 GAA and a .895 save percentage) has gone 21-6-1 against the Oilers historically with a 2.29 GAA and a .918 save percentage. The Predators, meanwhile, are 6th in most goals scored per game (3.39), 8th in most goals allowed on average (3.23), 24th in power play (17.0%) and 3rd from the bottom in penalty kill (74.1%).
Oilers End Win StreakA three-game winning streak came to its end for the Edmonton Oilers (24-18-5), who finished their latest five-game road trek with a 3-1-1 record following a 4-3 defeat to the Calgary Flames at Scotiabank Saddledome on Saturday. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (12 goals, 30 points this year) picked up a double, with Connor McDavid (25 goals, 71 points) also on the scoreboard, as the Oilers have now won four of their past six matchups (4-1-1) after triumphing just once in their previous five (1-4-0). The team is 10-8-3 when playing on own ice thus far this season.
With the top five teams in the Pacific all currently within two points of each other, the #Oilers final two games before the bye week hold the potential of four very important points. pic.twitter.com/fiSQJH4IIq— Edmonton Oilers (@EdmontonOilers) January 13, 2020
Goalie Mikko Koskinen stopped 29 shots in Calgary, taking his current performance status to 14-9-2 with a 2.90 GAA and a .910 save percentage. He has posted a 1-0-1 career total versus Nashville with a 2.43 GAA and a .923 save percentage, while Mike Smith (10-9-3 on the year with a 3.01 GAA and a .900 save percentage) has registered a 7-9-2 past tally against the Predators with a 2.69 GAA and a .914 save percentage. The Oilers are 15th in most goals scored per game (3.02), 14th in most goals given up on average (3.13), top of the league in power play (29.3%) and 8th in penalty kill (82.7%).
Edmonton (according to Covers.com)
- Oilers are 0-4 in their last 4 vs. Western Conference.
- Oilers are 3-8 in their last 11 home games.
Nashville (according to Covers.com)
- Predators are 7-0 in the last 7 meetings in Edmonton.
- Predators are 4-1 in their last 5 after scoring 2 goals or less in their previous game.
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
The Predators have absolutely smashed it when visiting Edmonton lately, notching victories on the very last seven occasions, while also beating the Oilers in 14 of the past 15 encounters overall. After picking up wins in each of the first two contests of their current three-date trek, expect the Preds to sweep the excursion with another solid performance against Edmonton, which has struggled on own ice, losing eight of its past 11 domestic outings. The Oilers have also failed to show character while facing teams from the Western Conference, dropping the very last four decisions, while also going just 2-6 in their previous eight matchups versus sides with a losing record. The Predators have not shown their best hockey lately, but will be boosted by two important road victories, during which they have allowed just two markers.
Prediction: Nashville Predators (-120)
Full-Game Total Pick
Just two of the past 21 meetings between Edmonton and Nashville have gone past the six-goal barrier. So, do expect this particular contest to finish below the set goal-mark once again! Five of the previous six contests of the Oilers against teams with a losing record have all failed to reach seven snipes on the scoresheet, while half of the last six overall games of the Predators have also been decided within the realm of just six markers.
Prediction: Under 6.5