NHL Games of the Week Blues at Predators and Oilers at Ducks

Wednesday, February 21st, 2018

betcris NHL Games of the Week odds

The St. Louis Blues have hit a funk lately, and could have a tough time breaking out of it on Sunday. They must hit the road to face off with Western Conference power the Nashville Predators in one of the NHL Games of the Week. The contest will be nationally televised on NBC at noon Eastern.

Another important tilt this weekend will be a couple of hours later when the Edmonton Oilers play a road game against the Anaheim Ducks. Anaheim is jockeying for playoff positioning and badly needs to take care of business in a game it will be favored to win. The Ducks and Oilers will play on TSN.

Let’s look at the two games in more detail on NHL odds.

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St. Louis Blues vs. Nashville Predators

Date and Time: Sunday, February 25, 2018, 12 p.m. ET

Location: Bridgestone Arena, Nashville, Tennessee

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Blues at Predators TV Coverage: TSN

The Blues are 34-23-4 on the season and have accumulated 72 points. They currently sit in sixth place in the Western Conference, but by only a point above three teams as the race for the final postseason spots is tight. St. Louis has lost four consecutive games and can’t afford to further that losing streak.

The Predators are in second place in the West with a 36-14-9 record, which is good for 81 points. Nashville made it to the Stanley Cup Finals a season ago and are hot on the heels of the Vegas Golden Knights for the top seed in the conference as they aim to make it back again. Nashville is 6-2-2 in its past 10 games as it looks to head into the postseason playing well.

Key Stat

4. Both teams are within the top-4 in the NHL in goals against average. The Blues are giving up only 2.6 goals per game this season, while the Predators are allowing only 2.5 goals, which is third.

ith that in mind, this game could be lower-scoring than the average NHL contest. St. Louis is only 20th in the NHL in scoring, but the Predators are 10th, so clearly they have the edge. Nashville goalie Pekka Rinne is 30-9-4 on the season with a goals against average of 2.35 on the season. He has allowed 13 goals in his past five games.

Carter Hutton has been impressive for the Blues this season with a 15-5-2 record and a 1.81 goals against average, although he gave up four goals to these Predators on Feb. 13.

Blues vs. Predators Free Picks

The Predators are the superior team and have the home ice advantage. This is an easy call. Take Nashville to win this game by a couple of goals.

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Predators vs. Blues Score Prediction: Predators 3, Blues 1

Edmonton Oilers at Anaheim Ducks

Date and Time: Sunday, February 25, 2018, 8 p.m. ET

Location: Honda Center, Anaheim, California

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Oilers vs. Ducks TV Coverage: TSN

The Ducks are one of five teams within a point of each other near the bottom of the Western Conference playoff race so every win is critical at this point. Anaheim has 71 points on the season, which is tied with the Kings and Wild, while the Blues and Stars sit at 72 points. The Ducks have won three straight games to shoot back up to the rest of the pack.

The Oilers are only 24-31-4 on the season, with only the Phoenix Coyotes keeping them from the cellar of the Western Conference. Edmonton has only won two of its past 10 games and will be planning for next season soon enough.

Key Stat

28. That’s Edmonton’s rank in goals against average, allowing 3.3 per game. The Ducks aren’t a particularly high-powered team but figure to take advantage of an Oilers defense that can be shaky.

Anaheim is much better on defense, allowing an average of only 2.7 goals per contest. If the Ducks can get ahead early, they figure to be in a good spot the rest of the way.

Oilers vs. Ducks Free Picks

The Ducks are the better team, get the home ice and need this win badly. This is an easy call. Take Anaheim to win in a blowout. Edmonton isn’t a strong team and won’t put up much of a fight.

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Oilers vs. Ducks Score Prediction: Ducks 4, Oilers 2

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