Anaheim Ducks (7-5-3) at Nashville Predators (5-5-3)
NHL Hockey: Saturday, November 12, 2016 at 8:00 pm (Bridgestone Arena)
The Line: Nashville Predators / Anaheim Ducks --- Over/Under: Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Anaheim Ducks and Nashville Predators clash Saturday night in a NHL matchup at the Bridgestone Arena.
The Anaheim Ducks look to stay hot after winning seven of their last 11 games. The Ducks are averaging 2.7 goals per game and are scoring on 24.5 percent of their power play opportunities. Ryan Kesler leads Anaheim with six goals, Jakob Silfverberg has four assists and Andrew Cogliano has 32 shots on goal. Defensively, the Anaheim Ducks are allowing 2.3 goals per game and are killing 85.2 percent of their opponents power plays. John Gibson has given up 28 goals on 309 shots faced and Jonathan Bernier has allowed seven goals on 112 shots. The Anaheim Ducks have won all seven games this season when scoring more than two goals.
The Nashville Predators look for another big victory after winning three of their last five games. The Predators are averaging 2.6 goals per game and are scoring on 24 percent of their power play opportunities. Craig Smith leads Nashville with five goals, James Neal has four assists and Viktor Arvidsson has 38 shots on goal. Defensively, the Nashville Predators are allowing 2.7 goals per game and are killing 78 percent of their opponents power plays. Pekka Rinne has given up 25 goals on 331 shots faced and Marek Mazanec has allowed seven goals on 36 shots. The Nashville Predators have won five of their seven games this season when scoring more than two goals.
The Ducks are 3-7 in their last 10 road games and 5-1 in their last 6 vs. a team with a losing record. The Predators are 0-5 in their last 5 vs. a team with a losing record and 8-2 in their last 10 home games. The under is 2-0-2 in the last 4 meetings in Nashville and the over is 19-7-7 in the last 33 meetings overall.
Both of these teams are playing their best hockey of the young season and we should expect a well played game here. While the Ducks may be the hotter team, Anaheim still has yet to prove it can string wins together on the road. Meanwhile, home is the one place where the Nashville Predators seem to find success. I have to back the Predators in this spot.