The Edmonton Oilers will host the Nashville Predators on Tuesday night at Rogers Field, Edmonton. The Predators have managed to win only one game of the last seven, having a score of 3-5-1 in the season. At the same time, the Oilers have managed to win four consecutive games making their score 6-3.
While the Predators sink to the bottom of the NHL Central Division ranking table, the Oilers have risen to the top of the ranking chart of the Pacific Division.
Here is a preview of the teams’ performance and what we can expect from the match.
Nashville Predators vs. Edmonton Oilers Statistics
It has been a great season for the Edmonton Oilers as their offence continues to win for the team with an average of 3.78 goals per game. The team scored 18 goals in the previous four games, resulting in a win. The overall offence has been impressive, with Leon Draisaitl and Connor McDavid in the lead with 13 goals and 21 assists.
However, the Oilers’ defence has been a bit of a let-down compared to the defence, allowing an average of 3.11 goals per game. Except for Brett Kulak and Darnell Nurse, the rest of the defence is struggling. The duo managed to block 30 shots in the games. Jack Campbell, the team’s goaltender, has a saving percentage of 0.888.
On the other hand, the Nashville Predators’ offence has been struggling since the season beginning. The team has managed to average only 2.44 goals per game. In the last three games, the offence scored only seven goals. The standouts include Philip Forsberg, Matt Duchene, and Mikael Granlund, with a score of 5 goals and 16 assists, while the rest have crumpled against the superior defence of the opponents in the previous games.
The defence has not stood out for the Predators either. The team has allowed an average of 3.11 goals per match. The only bright spot in the defence line-up is the team’s goalkeeper Jusser Saros, having a save percentage of 0.910. Of the 210 shots fired his way, Saros has maintained an average of 2.75.
Judging from the performance review, it is not hard to understand why the Edmonton Oilers are being favoured for the game against the Nashville Predators. The Predators will try their best to cause an upset, but they are pitched against a team on a winning streak.
The hosts’ offense seems all geared to win it again for the team. Their defence will likely contain the Predators already struggling offence, while the strong offence finds the back of the net despite Jack Campbell’s saving record; the Oilers will be able to land a strong win against the Predators and mark their fifth consecutive victory.