Predators vs. Canucks - 3/24/16 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Vancouver Canucks (27-33-12) at Nashville Predators (37-23-13)
NHL Hockey: Thursday, March 24, 2016 at 8:00 pm (Bridgestone Arena)
The Line: Nashville Predators -260 / Vancouver Canucks +210 --- Over/Under: 5 See the Latest Odds
The Vancouver Canucks and Nashville Predators square off Thursday night at the Bridgestone Arena.
The Vancouver Canucks could use a win in order to snap a five-game losing streak. The Vancouver Canucks are averaging 2.3 goals per game and are scoring on 16.5 percent of their power plays. Daniel Sedin leads Vancouver with 26 goals, Jannik Hansen has 13 assists and Sven Baertschi has 102 shots on goal. Defensively, the Nashville Predators are allowing 2.8 goals per game and are killing 81.9 percent of their power play chances. Ryan Miller has allowed 121 goals on 1,451 shots faced and Jacob Markstrom has given up 66 goals on 809 shots. Miller has allowed seven goals in his last three games.
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The Nashville Predators look to keep rolling after winning eight of their last 12 games. The Nashville Predators are averaging 2.7 goals per game and are scoring on 19.8 percent of their power plays. Filip Forsberg leads Nashville with 30 goals, James Neal has 20 assists and Craig Smith has 183 shots on goal. Defensively, the Nashville Predators are allowing 2.5 goals per game and are killing 81 percent of their power play chances. Pekka Rinne has allowed 143 goals on 1,592 shots faced and Carter Hutton has given up 31 goals on 371 shots. Rinne has allowed six goals in his last three games.
The Canucks are 8-21 in their last 29 vs. Western Conference and 1-4 in their last 5 games playing on 1 days rest. The Predators are 5-1 in their last 6 games playing on 2 days rest and 10-4 in their last 14 overall. The Canucks are 9-2 in the last 11 meetings in Nashville.
Even though the Canucks have owned the Predators in Nashville, they're a team that's really struggling right now and has even lost eight of 21 against Western teams. You have to back Nashville on its home ice, and I'd take by two goals to increase the value of the wager.