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Nashville Predators vs. Montreal Canadiens - 12/21/15 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Montreal Canadiens (20-11-3) at Nashville Predators (16-11-6)

NHL Hockey: Monday, December 21, 2015 at 8:00 pm (Bridgestone Arena)

The Line: Nashville Predators -146 / Montreal Canadiens +132 --- Over/Under: 5 See the Latest Odds

TV: RDS, FSSM

The Montreal Canadiens and Nashville Predators square off Monday night at the Bridgestone Arena.

The Montreal Canadiens need a big victory after losing eight of their last 10 games. The Montreal Canadiens are averaging three goals per game and are scoring on 19.3 percent of their power plays. Max Pacioretty leads Montreal with 14 goals, Tomas Plekanec has 20 assists and Dale Weise has 80 shots on goal. Defensively, the Montreal Canadiens are allowing 2.4 goals per game and are killing 85.2 percent of their power play chances. Mike Condon has allowed 47 goals on 486 shots faced and Carey Price has given up 24 goals on 365 shots. Condon has allowed eight goals in his last two games. Jeff Petry is doubtful with an upper-body injury.

Nashville Predators vs. Montreal Canadiens - 12/21/15 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Nashville Predators also could use a win after losing six of their last nine games. The Nashville Predators are averaging 2.5 goals per game and are scoring on 20.5 percent of their power plays. James Neal leads Nashville with 13 goals, Roman Josi has 16 assists and Shea Weber has 78 shots on goal. Defensively, the Nashville Predators are allowing 2.5 goals per game and are killing 76.2 percent of their power play chances. Pekka Rinne has allowed 67 goals on 732 shots faced and Carter Hutton has given up 11 goals on 118 shots. Rinne has allowed six goals in his last three games.

The Canadiens are 17-7 in their last 24 vs. a team with a losing record and 0-4 in their last 4 vs. Western Conference. The Predators are 1-4 in their last 5 vs. Eastern Conference and 5-1 in their last 6 home games vs. a team with a winning road record. The under is 6-1-1 in the last 8 meetings.

We have two struggling teams here, but the Predators have been in better form between the two clubs and have had more consistency on the defensive end. I like Nashville at home.

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Nashville Predators -146

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