Predators vs. Ducks - 10/22/15 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Anaheim Ducks (1-3-1) at Nashville Predators (5-1-0)
NHL Hockey: Thursday, October 22, 2015 at 8:00 pm (Bridgestone Arena)
The Line: Nashville Predators -133 / Anaheim Ducks +120 --- Over/Under: 5 See the Latest Odds
TV: FSW2, FSSM
The Anaheim Ducks and Nashville Predators square off Thursday night at the Bridgestone Arena.
The Anaheim Ducks need a big road victory after a rough 1-3-1 start to the season. The Anaheim Ducks are averaging one goal per game and have yet to score on a power play. Mike Santorelli leads Anaheim with one goal, Hampus Lindholm has one assist and Ryan Getzlaf has 13 shots on goal. Defensively, the Anaheim Ducks are allowing 2.2 goals per game and are killing 91.7 percent of their power play chances. Frederik Andersen has allowed six goals on 114 shots faced and Anton Khudobin has given up four goals on 43 shots. Anderson has allowed two or less goals in eight of his last 10 regular season outings. Nate Thompson is questionable and Simon Despres is doubtful.
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The Nashville Predators look to remain unbeaten at home and build on an impressive 5-1 start. The Nashville Predators are averaging 2.8 goals per game and have scored on 22.2 percent of their power plays. James Neal leads Nashville with five goals, Filip Forsberg has four assists and Craig Smith has 17 shots on goal. Defensively, the Nashville Predators are allowing 2.2 goals per game and are killing 87.5 percent of their power play chances. Pekka Rinne has allowed 10 goals on 137 shots faced and Carter Hutton has given up three goals on 41 shots. Rinne has allowed three or more goals in seven of his last 10 regular season outings. Austin Watson, Ryan Ellis and Barret Jackman are questionable.
The Ducks are 6-0 in their last 6 Thursday games and 1-6 in their last 7 overall. The Predators are 3-12 in their last 15 vs. Western Conference and 37-14 in their last 51 home games. The Ducks are 4-0 in the last 4 meetings in Nashville and 8-1 in the last 9 meetings overall.
The Ducks continue to struggle on the offensive side while the Predators are finding ways to win and are rolling right now. Although Nashville has had no recent success against Anaheim, it's hard not to take the Predators at home for the reasonable price given the way both squads are playing.