Nashville Predators vs. Anaheim Ducks - 12/2/17 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Anaheim Ducks (11-11-4) at Nashville Predators (15-7-3)
NHL Hockey: Saturday, December 2, 2017 at 8:00 pm (Bridgestone Arena)
The Line: Nashville Predators / Anaheim Ducks --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: FSW2, FSSM
The Anaheim Ducks and Nashville Predators meet Saturday in NHL action at the Bridgestone Arena.
The Anaheim Ducks could use a feel good win after losing five of their last six games. The Anaheim Ducks are averaging 2.6 goals per game and are scoring on 18.4 percent of their power play opportunities. Rickard Rakell leads Anaheim with eight goals, Corey Perry has 13 assists and Andrew Cogliano has 58 shots on goal. Defensively, the Anaheim Ducks are allowing 2.9 goals per game and are killing 82.4 percent of their opponents power plays. John Gibson has given up 54 goals on 685 shots faced and Ryan Miller has allowed 10 goals on 153 shots. The Anaheim Ducks have allowed four or more goals in four of their last six games.
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The Nashville Predators look for another victory after winning seven of their last 10 games. The Nashville Predators are averaging 3.1 goals per game and are scoring on 25.8 percent of their power play opportunities. Filip Forsberg leads Nashville with 13 goals, P.K. Subban has 14 assists and Viktor Arvidsson has 81 shots on goal. Defensively, the Nashville Predators are allowing 2.8 goals per game and are killing 83.9 percent of their opponents power plays. Pekka Rinne has given up 48 goals on 642 shots faced and Juuse Saros has allowed 19 goals on 146 shots. The Nashville Predators have allowed three or more goals in six of their last 10 games.
The Ducks are 4-9 in their last 13 games playing on 0 days rest, 1-4 in their last 5 Saturday games and 1-6 in their last 7 vs. Central. The Predators are 5-2 in their last 7 games playing on 1 days rest, 46-22 in their last 68 home games and 10-3 in their last 13 overall. The Ducks are 1-4 in the last 5 meetings in Nashville, 1-4 in the last 5 meetings and the over is 15-5-8 in the last 28 meetings.
The Ducks have given up 15 goals during this four-game road trip so far, and that type of defensive effort isn't going to fly against the Nashville Predators. The Predators remain one of the best home teams in the league dating back to last season and have been in wonderful form overall in the month of November. Add the fact Nashville has beaten up on Anaheim in recent meetings, and you have to side with the home team here.