Edmonton Oilers vs Nashville Predators Predictions, Free NHL Pick 3/2/2020
Game: Edmonton Oilers vs Nashville Predators
Date: Monday, March 2, 2020
Location: Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, TN
Odds/Point Spread: Oilers (+122) Predators (-135)
Bridgestone Arena is the venue where Pekka Rinne and the Nashville Predators (32-24-8, 4th in the Central Division) will take on the Edmonton Oilers (34-23-8, 2nd in the Pacific Division) on Monday. The line on this contest has the Oilers priced at +122 and the Predators are at -135. The O/U has been set at 6. The Oilers cover 50.8% of the time, having gone 32-31 SU. The Predators cover 47.5% of the time, going 29-32 straight up.
The Edmonton Oilers head into this game holding a record of 34 victories and 23 losses, ranking them 2nd in the Pacific Division. So far this year, they have scored a total of 202 goals which puts them at 5th in the West and 13th in the league. Their goal differential is +3, ranking them 17th in the league. The Oilers have a total of 76 pts, which puts them at 13th in the league and 5th in the conference. In connection with shots at the opposition, they have a total of 1,928 which puts them at 13th in the conference and 26th in the league. As a group, Edmonton has racked up a total of 1,350 hits which has them averaging 20.8 per game. They have a total of 822 blocks for the season. Protecting the goal for Edmonton is Mike Smith from Kingston, Ontario. He is 37 years old and has totaled 2,006 mins in goal for the year. Smith is giving up 2.87 goals against average which puts him at 17th in the West and 36th among goalies in the NHL. Over the course of this year, he has given up 96 goals. He has a save % of .905 which puts him at 24th in the West.
The Edmonton Oilers came out of this game feeling pretty good about themselves with a 3 - 2 win over the Winnipeg Jets in their last game. The Oilers played like an average offensive team in this victory. For this game, they converted 3 of the 22 shots they put on net. Furthermore, they had 2 power play opportunities and netted 2 goals out of those attempts. Edmonton earned 4 penalty mins for this outing. The Corsi for the Oilers sat at 44 and the Corsi against was 67 which earned them a Corsi percentage of 39.6%. Their Fenwick was 28 while the Fenwick against sat at 50, which gave them a Fenwick percentage of 35.9%. They earned 20 face-off wins at even strength and were beaten on 21 of the face-offs. Their offensive zone starts came in at 40.4% and they had a PDO of 101.0 for this matchup. In discussing stats from the opponent, the Winnipeg Jets tallied a total of 41 shots. They had a total of 4 minutes in the box and they earned a total of 2 power play chances.
The Predators will be on the other side of the ice and for the year they have 32 wins and 24 losses. Regarding goal differential, they are currently sitting 10th in the West and 20th in the NHL with 0. They currently have a total of 201 goals for the season which ranks 6th in the Western Conference. Nashville has a save % as a team of .899 which has them ranked 25th in the NHL, which tells us scoring chances could be plentiful if they are aggressive. They have a team shooting percentage of 9.4% which is good for 6th in the West. In net for Nashville is Pekka Rinne who is having a rough season by surrendering 3.00 goals per game and that has him 27th among West goalies and 49th among goaltenders in the NHL. In the 1,938 mins he has played, he has surrendered 97 goals. He's earned a save % of .900, which puts him at 29th among West goalies and 56th among goaltenders in the NHL.
The Nashville Predators squared up with the Colorado Avalanche in an outing where the Predators took the defeat by a final score of 3 - 2. In this game, Nashville went home with a 57.1% Corsi rating. That percentage was had by earning a Corsi of 44 while the opposition earned a Corsi of 33. Their Fenwick rate was 60.3% by notching a Fenwick of 38 and the Avalanche finishing with a 25 Fenwick at even strength. These Corsi stats speak to the kind of game that Nashville played and you can safely assume that they'll look to improve in their next outing. They had a PDO of 94.5 and they finished the game with an oZS percentage of 65.0%. The Predators converted 2 goals of the 32 shots on goal they attempted. They had 3 power play opportunities in this outing but weren't able to score a goal. In discussing their opponent, the Avalanche had 4 power play chances but didn't tally a goal. Nashville gave up 31 shots on goal and the Avalanche had 6 penalty minutes.
Who will win tonight's NHL game ATS?
Guy's Pick: Take Nashville (-135)
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