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Tuesday, January 14, 2020 at 9:05pm EST
Rogers Place, Edmonton
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Nashville Predators vs Edmonton Oilers

Where: Rogers Place

When: Tuesday, January 14, 2020, 9:00 pm ET

We have a Western Conference NHL matchup to consider when the Nashville Predators meet the Edmonton Oilers for game one of their three-game season series. Nashville enters this matchup riding a two-game winning streak and Edmonton takes the ice on Tuesday hoping to end a one-game losing streak when they play host to Nashville.

Preds Two Game Winning Streak

Nashville has won three of its last five games and if the regular season were to end today, the Sharks would miss the playoffs by four points. There is plenty of time for the Predators to make a move in the standings and their plus five-goal differential is encouraging. Tuesday marks the end of a three-game road trip and you can bet the Predators would love to finish its three-game road trip with a perfect 3-0 mark.

The Predators’ power-play unit is twenty-fourth in the NHL with a 17.1 percent success rate while the penalty kill unit is twenty-ninth in the National Hockey League with a 73.2 percent penalty kill rate this season.

Pekka Rinne is scheduled to man the crease on Tuesday night and he has a 15-9-3 record with a 3.02 GAA and 89 percent save percentage. Rinne stopped 29 of 31 shots faced including scoring an open net goal in the Preds 5-2 road win over the Chicago Blackhawks in his last start of the season.

Oilers Lose to Calgary

Edmonton just saw a three-game winning streak snapped in a 4-3 road loss to the Calgary Flames. The Oilers have just returned from a five-game road trip and went 3-2 on that trip. Edmonton now begins a four-game homestand and if the regular season were to end today, the Oilers would be the eighth seed in the Western Conference. The Oilers have a minus four-goal differential and hope to hit the plus side with a winning homestand.

The Oilers power-play unit is first in the NHL with a 29.2 percent success rate while the penalty kill unit is eighth in the National Hockey League with an 82.7 percent penalty kill rate this season.

Mikko Koskinen will likely start between the pipes for the Oilers and he is 14-9-2 this season with a 2.92 GAA and 91 percent save percentage. Koskinen stopped 29 of 33 shots faced in a 4-3 road loss to Calgary in his last start of the season.

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The Oilers should win this matchup on Tuesday night. They are 10-8-3 at home this season and coming off a successful road trip. Their special teams are one of the best in the NHL and up against one of the worst special teams units this season. Rinne hasn’t been sharp lately and has lost three of his last five starts and allowed 14 goals over those five starts. Koskinen has also dropped three of his past five starts but is 7-4 at Rogers Place this season. I will go with Edmonton to defeat Nashville in this matchup.

Prediction: Edmonton

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I will go with the OVER in this one. The goaltending is usually good but both Rinne and Koskinen have had trouble keeping the puck out of their own net and that is not a good thing when facing either of these offenses. Edmonton has one of the best special teams units up against one of the worst and that should lead to a couple of power-play goals. I will play the OVER in this matchup.

Prediction: Over
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Written By Phil Naessens , "Philly Flash"

Phil Naessens is a professional high-performance tennis coach, writer, and radio host currently based in Cleveland Ohio. Phil is also known as “Fantasy Phil” and has a high level of experience as a former professional Daily Fantasy Sports player with 18 GPP wins. He is now solely focused on sports handicapping and sports betting and has joined OUR TEAM to help everyone win on a consistent basis.