Predators vs. Devils - 3/3/16 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
New Jersey Devils (30-27-7) at Nashville Predators (32-21-11)
NHL Hockey: Thursday, March 3, 2016 at 8:00 pm (Bridgestone Arena)
The Line: Nashville Predators / New Jersey Devils --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: MSG+, FSSM
The New Jersey Devils and Nashville Predators square off Thursday night at the Bridgestone Arena.
The New Jersey Devils need a win after losing six of their last seven games. The New Jersey Devils are averaging 2.2 goals per game and are scoring 20.4 percent of their power plays. Kyle Palmieri leads New Jersey with 23 goals, Adam Henrique has 19 assists and Michael Cammalleri has 101 shots on goal. Defensively, the New Jersey Devils are allowing 2.3 goals per game and are killing 82.7 percent of their power play chances. Cory Schneider has allowed 114 goals on 1,507 shots faced and Keith Kinkaid has given up 27 goals on 306 shots. Schneider has allowed nine goals in his last three games.
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The Nashville Predators look to build on their solid five-game winning streak. The Nashville Predators are averaging 2.6 goals per game and are scoring on 19.7 percent of their power plays. Filip Forsberg leads Nashville with 26 goals, James Neal has 17 assists and Shea Weber has 142 shots on goal. Defensively, the Nashville Predators are allowing 2.5 goals per game and are killing 79.7 percent of their power play chances. Pekka Rinne has allowed 125 goals on 1,391 shots faced and Carter Hutton has given up 24 goals on 308 shots. Rinne has allowed four goals in his last three games.
The Devils are 5-0 in their last 5 vs. Western Conference and 1-5 in their last 6 road games. The Predators are 7-3 in their last 10 games playing on 1 days rest and 5-0 in their last 5 overall. The home team is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings.
These teams are heading in different directions, and the home team has won four of the last five matchups. Seems like the Predators is the smart pick in this spot.