Penguins vs. Predators - 3/31/16 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Nashville Predators (39-25-13) at Pittsburgh Penguins (43-25-8)
NHL Hockey: Thursday, March 31, 2016 at 7:00 pm (Consol Energy Centre)
The Line: Pittsburgh Penguins -140 / Nashville Predators +120 --- Over/Under: 5.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: FSSM, ROOT, TVA
The Nashville Predators and Pittsburgh Penguins meet Thursday night at the CONSOL Energy Center.
The Nashville Predators look for another win after winning 10 of their last 16 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 31 goals, James Neal has 22 assists and Craig Smith has 193 shots on goal. Defensively, Nashville Predators are allowing 2.6 goals per game and are killing 81.2 percent of their power play chances. Pekka Rinne has allowed 152 goals on 1,669 shots faced and Carter Hutton has given up 32 goals on 388 shots. Rinne has allowed seven goals in his last three games.
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The Pittsburgh Penguins look to keep rolling after winning 10 of their last 12 games. The Pittsburgh Penguins are averaging 2.8 goals per game and are scoring on 17.6 percent of their power plays. Sidney Crosby leads Pittsburgh with 32 goals, Evgeni Malkin has 31 assists and Phil Kessel has 251 shots on goal. Defensively, the Pittsburgh Penguins are allowing 2.4 goals per game and are killing 83 percent of their power play chances. Marc-Andre Fleury has allowed 130 goals on 1,641 shots faced and Jeff Zatkoff has given up 32 goals on 384 shots. Fleury has allowed seven goals in his last three games.
The Predators are 6-2 in their last 8 games playing on 1 days rest and 1-4 in their last 5 road games. The Penguins are 6-0 in their last 6 games playing on 1 days rest and 4-1 in their last 5 vs. Western Conference. The Predators are 1-6 in the last 7 meetings.
The Peguins are back on one of their long winning stretches, as they eye another strong playoff run. The Predators are also playing solid hockey, but they've beaten Pittsburgh just once in the last seven tries. I'll take the home team and cheap price.