Nashville Predators vs. Carolina Hurricanes - 11/5/16 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Carolina Hurricanes (2-4-3) at Nashville Predators (3-5-2)
NHL Hockey: Saturday, November 5, 2016 at 8:00 pm (Bridgestone Arena)
The Line: Nashville Predators -167 / Carolina Hurricanes +133 --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: FSS, FSSM
The Carolina Hurricanes and Nashville Predators clash Saturday night in a NHL matchup at the Bridgestone Arena.
The Carolina Hurricanes look for a bounce back performance to dig out of a rough 2-4-3 hole to start the season. The Hurricanes are averaging 2.8 goals per game and are scoring on 23.3 percent of their power play opportunities. Jeff Skinner leads Carolina with five goals, Victor Rask has six assists and Lee Stempniak has 14 shots on goal. Defensively, the Carolina Hurricanes are allowing 3.6 goals per game and are killing 86.2 percent of their opponents power plays. Cam Ward has given up 20 goals on 169 shots faced and Eddie Lack has allowed 12 goals on 84 shots. The Carolina Hurricanes have allowed three or more goals in six of their first nine games.
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The Nashville Predators also look for a feel good victory after losing seven of their last nine games. The Predators are averaging 2.6 goals per game and are scoring on 30 percent of their power play opportunities. Craig Smith leads Nashville with five goals, Viktor Arvidsson has two assists and Mike Fisher has 16 shots on goal. Defensively, the Nashville Predators are allowing 3.1 goals per game and are killing 73.5 percent of their opponents power plays. Pekka Rinne has given up 21 goals on 248 shots faced and Marek Mazanec has allowed seven goals on 36 shots. The Nashville Predators have allowed three or more goals in five of their last seven games.
The Hurricanes are 29-60 in their last 89 road games and 1-5 in their last 6 vs. Western Conference. The Predators are 6-1 in their last 7 home games and 1-6 in their last 7 Saturday games. The Hurricanes are 1-6 in the last 7 meetings in Nashville and 4-9 in the last 13 meetings overall.
We have two of the worst teams in the league based on the start of the season, so I'm not sure why the Predators have such a steep price just because they're at home. Neither one of these clubs has shown much promise during these rough starts and they both have major flaws on the defensive side. So, in a game that could go either way with both teams in need of a victory, I'm taking the side with the plus money.