The Edmonton Oilers (18-22-3) will try to even their record away from home and move closer to the .500 mark overall when they visit the Nashville Predators (24-11-6) on Tuesday as underdogs.
The Oilers have been disappointing so far and will also be looking to pick up their first win of a five-game road trip that started last Saturday in Dallas and ends this Saturday in Las Vegas.
Betting line: The Predators opened as -156 favorites (wager $156 to win $100); the total is at 5.5 goals, according to sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark (line updates and matchup report).
Why the Oilers can pay on the NHL lines
The talent is still there for Edmonton, but defense remains a major issue heading into the second half of the season. The Oilers have surrendered four goals or more in losing six of their last seven games, the exception being a 2-1 shootout win over the Anaheim Ducks last Thursday before they hit the road.
They have been outscored 9-1 in their first two games of their trip, falling to the Dallas Stars and Chicago Blackhawks on back-to-back nights last weekend. The day off between games after Sunday’s loss at Chicago should help Edmonton reevaluate some things and figure out a better game plan.
Why the Predators can pay on the NHL lines
The Predators have won each of the past 10 meetings with the Oilers, according to the OddsShark NHL Database, including five in a row at home. Nashville returns to Bridgestone Arena, which offers one of the best home-ice advantages in the league, following a somewhat disappointing three-game road trip that saw the team lose twice.
On a positive note, the Predators closed out the trip with a 4-3 victory against the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday behind two goals from Austin Watson and two assists from P.K. Subban. It was the team’s highest goal total since a 6-4 loss on December 19.
Smart betting pick
Defensively, Nashville is a superior team that is a legitimate Stanley Cup contender again right now. Meanwhile, Edmonton is not even close to that status and would miss out on the playoffs if they started today. These teams are at two opposite ends of the spectrum, so there is only one side to play here. Take the Preds to roll at home.
NHL betting trends
Edmonton is 1-6 in its last seven games.
Edmonton is 2-4 in its last six games on the road.
The total has gone under in four of Nashville’s last six games.
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