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St. Louis Blues vs. Nashville Predators - 12/17/15 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Nashville Predators (15-10-6) at St. Louis Blues (18-10-4)

NHL Hockey: Thursday, December 17, 2015 at 8:00 pm (Scottrade Center)

The Line: St. Louis Blues -130 / Nashville Predators +118 --- Over/Under: 5 See the Latest Odds

TV: FSSM, FSMW

The Nashville Predators and St. Louis Blues square off Thursday night at the Scottrade Center.

The Nashville Predators could use a nice road victory after losing seven of their last 10 games. The Nashville Predators are averaging 2.5 goals per game and are scoring on 20.2 percent of their power plays. James Neal leads Nashville with 12 goals, Roman Josi has 15 assists and Shea Weber has 72 shots on goal. Defensively, the Nashville Predators are allowing 2.6 goals per game and are killing 76.5 percent of their power play chances. Pekka Rinne has allowed 63 goals on 677 shots faced and Carter Hutton has given up 11 goals on 118 shots. Rinne has allowed six goals in his last three games. Colin Wilson is questionable with a lower-body injury.

St. Louis Blues vs. Nashville Predators - 12/17/15 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The St. Louis Blues also need a victory after losing five of their last eight games. The St. Louis Blues are averaging 2.5 goals per game and are scoring on 20.2 percent of their power plays. Vladimir Tarasenko leads St. Louis with 19 goals, Kevin Shattenkirk has 15 assists and Alexander Steen has 93 shots on goal. Defensively, the St. Louis Blues are allowing 2.4 goals per game and are killing 88 percent of their power play chances. Jake Allen has allowed 48 goals on 643 shots faced and Brian Elliott has given up 23 goals on 248 shots. Allen has allowed five goals in his last three games.

The Predators are 2-6 in their last 8 road games and 2-5 in their last 7 vs. a team with a winning record. The Blues are 12-3 in their last 15 vs. Western Conference and 0-7 in their last 7 games following a win. The Predators are 1-4 in the last 5 meetings in St. Louis and 4-13 in the last 17 meetings overall.

In a battle between two teams that are struggling lately, the edge has to go to the home team. Especially when Nashville has won just four of its 17 games in St. Louis. 

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St. Louis Blues -130

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