Nashville Predators vs. Minnesota Wild - 12/19/15 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Minnesota Wild (17-7-6) at Nashville Predators (15-11-6)
NHL Hockey: Saturday, December 19, 2015 at 8:00 pm (Bridgestone Arena)
The Line: Nashville Predators -125 / Minnesota Wild +105 --- Over/Under: 5 See the Latest Odds
The Nashville Predators await the visit of the Minnesota Wild in Saturday night action.
The Minnesota Wild lit up the scoreboard in a 5-2 victory versus the New York Rangers on Thursday to send the Xcel Energy Center crowd home in a good mood. The fans should be in a good mood anyway as the Wild have picked up at least a point in nine consecutive contests. Mikko Koivu tallied twice with Jason Pominville, Matt Dumba and Chris Porter to make Devan Dubnyk’s 21 saves in his return from injury a winner as Minnesota upped their record to 17-7-6. The Rangers fell to 19-10-4 and have been in a funk with losses in four of five. The loss was costly with Antti Raanta hit in the mask with a slap shot that forced Henrik Lundqvist in to the game and he was charged with four goals on 31 shots. Dominic Moore and Ryan McDonagh score for New York but the game was never close.
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The Nashville Predators never found the groove at the offensive end of the ice and their defense wasn’t able to win on their lonesome in a 2-1 defeat to the St. Louis Blues on Thursday at the Scottrade Center. The game started well enough for the Predators with Roman Josi opening the scoring on a first period power play but the offense stalled after that and Pekka Rinne took the loss despite a 31 save effort as Nashville dropped to 15-11-6. David Backes and Vladimir Tarasenko provided the Blues offense while Jake Allen took care of the Predators attack with 27 stops to help the Blues to a 19-10-4 record.
The under is 4-0 in Wild last 4 road games and the over is 2-0-3 in Wild last 5 after scoring 5 goals or more in their previous game while the under is 6-1-3 in Wild last 10 Saturday games. The Predators are 0-7 in their last 7 after allowing 2 goals or less in their previous game and are 0-4 in their last 4 Saturday games while going 0-4 in their last 4 when their opponent scores 5 goals or more in their previous game. The Wild are 4-0 in the last 4 meetings in Nashville and the road team is 7-1 in the last 8 meetings while the Wild are 4-1 in the last 5 meetings. I lean Wild here pending goalie confirmation…