Finding NHL Betting Value in Tonight's Lone Game

Ross Benjamin

Thursday, November 27, 2014 2:45 PM GMT

Thursday, Nov. 27, 2014 2:45 PM GMT

Searching for NHL betting value in tonight’s only game between Oilers and Predators? Then take time to read our wagering preview article on this game, and it includes a superb totals betting system.

Oilers in Music City for the Holiday
The Predators play host to the Oilers on Thanksgiving night at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, and with the opening puck being dropped at 8:05 PM ET. According to the NHL betting odds at Sportsbook.com, The Predators are a -220 money line favorite, and the posted total is 5.0. Nashville is -1.5 (+135) and Edmonton +1.5 (-160) on the puck line. Nashville has defeated Edmonton in both of their meetings this season

From Bad to Worse
Just when you thought things couldn’t get any worse for the Edmonton Oilers, they apparently have. The Oilers enter tonight’s game having lost their last 7-games in a row, and they’re now a dismal 6-16 against the money line on the season. If I were to list the contributing reasons for their poor start, it would resemble the length of a novel, and it’s the same book you’ve already read on the Oilers for the last 8-seasons. Here’s just a few of their most glaring weaknesses. They’ve been outscored 26-11 in the first period this season, they’re an abysmal 2-for-26 (7.7%) in their 9-road games, and the Oilers are allowing a horrible 3.5 goals per game. Edmonton’s goaltending tandem of Ben Scrivens (.887 save percentage) and Viktor Fasth (.893) have been erratic despite having to face an average of just 30.0 shots on net per night.

Continuing a Great Start
As I’ve alluded to in previous NHL articles here at Sportsbook Review, the Nashville Predators have been the early surprise in the Western Conference. The Predators enter tonight having won the last 2 and 7 of their last 9-games. They’ve put together an impressive 14-7 money line record so far in the 2014-2015 NHL campaign, and that includes a terrific 8-2 on home ice. The Predators top goaltender Pekka Rinne is off to a magnificent start to the season, going 14-4, and compiling a stellar .927 save percentage. Nashville has seen just 5 of their first 21-games go over the total. On a negative note, the Predators power play at home has been anemic, going an awful 1-for-32 (3.1%).

Final Analysis
The last time these teams met was on November 11th, and Nashville skated away with a 3-2 win as a -200 money line home favorite. Combining that result, tonight’s total of 5.0, and the game taking part in the early part of the schedule, sets up a very profitable hockey totals betting system which has passed the test of time. I’m going to apply this when making one of my NHL picks for the week.

As for our NHL pick on this matchup keep in mind that any home team with a total of 5.0 or less, playing in the first half of the season, versus an opponent that has same season revenge stemming from a loss as a money line underdog, has seen 70 of those 106-games (66%) stay under the total since 1996.

Free NHL Pick: Oilers/Predators to go under the total of 5.0 at Bookmaker

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