Predators vs Oilers Predictions, Picks, Betting Tips 2/8/2020
Game: Nashville Predators vs Edmonton Oilers
Date: Saturday, February 8, 2020
Location: Rogers Place in Edmonton, AB
Odds/Point Spread: Predators (-107) Oilers (-103)
Mike Smith and the Edmonton Oilers (28-20-6, 3rd in the Pacific Division) host the Nashville Predators (26-20-7, 5th in the Central Division) at Rogers Place on Saturday, February 8, 2020. The Predators open this game at -107 while the Oilers are coming in at -103. The O/U has been set at 6.5. The Predators are covering 47.1% of the time, having gone 24-27 SU. The Oilers are covering 50.0% of the time, going 26-26 straight up.
The Nashville Predators head into this game holding a record of 26 wins and 20 defeats, ranking them 5th in the Central Division. So far this season, they have earned a total of 172 goals which ranks 5th in the conference and 11th in the NHL. Their goal differential is +1, ranking them 19th in the NHL. The Predators have a total of 59 points, which ranks 20th in the NHL and 9th in the West. In the matter of shots toward the net, they have a total of 1,773 which ranks 3rd in the conference and 6th in the NHL. As a group, Nashville has a total of 893 hits which means they are averaging 16.8 per contest. They have a total of 648 blocks for the season. Protecting the goal for Nashville is Pekka Rinne from Kempele, Finland. He is 37 years old and has racked up 1,793 mins defending the net for the season. Rinne is conceding an average of 3.01 goals against average which has him sitting 26th in the Western Conference and 48th in the NHL. Over the course of this year, he has surrendered 90 goals. His save % is .898 which has him sitting 28th in the Western Conference.
The Nashville Predators were on the right side of the scoreboard with a 3 - 2 win against the Calgary Flames in their last contest. The Predators offense didn't overly impress in the win. In their game, they converted 3 of the 35 shots they tried. Additionally, they had 1 power play attempt and netted 1 goal on that attempt. Nashville earned 4 penalty mins while out there on the ice. The Corsi for the Predators was 58 and the Corsi against was 66 meaning they had a Corsi percentage of 46.8%. Their Fenwick was 42 and the Fenwick against was 42, which means they had a Fenwick percentage of 50.0%. They won 30 face-off wins and lost 22 of the face-offs. The offensive zone starts for them were rated at 45.7% and they had a PDO of 100.7 in this game. With regard to the opposition's stats, the Calgary Flames tallied a total of 39 shots. They had 2 penalty mins and they tallied 2 power play attempts.
The Oilers will be looking to add points to their total and for the season they have 28 victories and 20 defeats. When talking about goal differential, they are ranked 7th in the conference and 18th in the NHL with +2. They currently have a total of 171 goals for this season which ranks them 6th in the conference. Edmonton has a save percentage as a team of .900 which has them sitting 21st in the NHL, meaning there should be some opportunities to score. They have a shooting percentage of 10.6% which puts them at 2nd in the Western Conference. In net for Edmonton is Mike Smith who is having a tough campaign by surrendering 3.00 GAA and that has him ranked 25th in the West and 47th in the NHL. In the 1,521 minutes he has played this year, he has surrendered 76 goals. He holds a save % of .899, which has him ranking 27th in the West and 53rd in the NHL.
The Edmonton Oilers squared up with the San Jose Sharks in an outing where the Oilers went home in defeat by a final of 6 - 3. For this game, Edmonton earned a 52.6% Corsi rating. They got to that percentage by earning a Corsi of 51 while the opposition had a Corsi of 46. They had a Fenwick percentage of 52.7% with a Fenwick of 39 and the Sharks ending the game with a 35 Fenwick. This Corsi rating is telling of the kind of game that Edmonton had and you could say that they didn't play great, but weren't awful either. Their PDO at even strength was 91.1 and their percentage of oZS was 54.6%. The Oilers notched 3 goals of the 31 shots on goal they tried. They had 1 power play attempt in this game but weren't able to notch a goal. Concerning their opponent, the Sharks had 3 power play attempts and ended up scoring 1 goal. Edmonton gave way to 31 shots on goal and the Sharks earned a total of 4 penalty mins.
Who will win tonight's hockey game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take Nashville (-107)
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