Just when you think that a team has a division all locked up in the NHL this season, something happens that makes you doubt everything. The Boston Bruins are opening up a sizeable lead at the top of the Atlantic Division, but that is really the only one that you can say is beginning to look like a lock for the leader. The other three divisions are wide open, with the biggest gap at the top of those being a 4-point lead, which is certainly not unassailable, even at this late stage of the season. It looked for a moment as though the Vegas Golden Knights were going to pull away in the Pacific, but a weekend loss to the Kings and other results within the division have things getting tight in there once again. The Edmonton Oilers are 4 points back of the leaders and can apply a little bit of extra pressure with a win on the road in Nashville on Monday night. This is a game with some pretty big playoff implications, and it is the Predators who are favored by 1 ½ at home. The goal total for this one has been set at 6.
When: Monday, March 2 at 8 PM EST
Where: Bridgestone Arena, Nashville
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Why bet on the Edmonton Oilers
The Pacific Division has been a fin one to watch this season, with each of the 5 top teams there having a spell in the #1 spot. The Oilers were there recently, but a stunning run of form from Vegas saw the Golden Knights surge to the top. Edmonton are doing enough to hang around, though, and are now just 4 points back of the leaders. The Oilers are coming off a win that takes them to 5-3-2 in their last 10 games, and with the Predators lurking in the Wild Card spot, Edmonton could use a win here to put a little more space between themselves and the chasing pack. Nashville has been a bogey team for the Oilers, with Edmonton winning just 3 of their last 17 meetings. That said, 2 of those 3 wins have come this season in their previous 3 meetings.
Why bet on the Nashville Predators
The Nashville Predators are in a fight for their lives in the Western Conference playoff race, but their last couple of games perfectly showcased their inconsistency. They went 3-2 down to the Flames with about 45 seconds left on the clock a few games ago, only to tie it up and then win in OT. They lost all that momentum in their next game, though, going down 3-2 to the Colorado Avalanche. If the season ended today, the Predators would have the #8 seed in the West, but there are more games to come and that race is as tight as it gets. Nashville is 6-3-1 in their last 10 games overall and come into this game with a 16-13-4 record on home ice.
Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction
While the Predators have dominated the Oilers in recent seasons, you certainly cannot say that this year with Edmonton taking both previous meetings. I think the Predators might edge this at home, but the Oilers ATS looks like the best bet here.
Edmonton Oilers 2 Nashville Predators 3