Nashville Predators vs. Minnesota Wild - 12/30/17 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Minnesota Wild (20-15-3) at Nashville Predators (22-10-5)
NHL Hockey: Saturday, December 30, 2017 at 8:00 pm (Bridgestone Arena)
The Line: Nashville Predators / Minnesota Wild --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: FSN, FSSM
The Minnesota Wild and Nashville Predators meet Saturday in NHL action at the Bridgestone Arena.
The Minnesota Wild look for another victory after winning seven of their last 11 games. The Minnesota Wild are averaging 2.8 goals per game and are scoring on 19.6 percent of their power play opportunities. Eric Staal leads Minnesota with 15 goals, Ryan Suter has 18 assists and Jason Zucker has 86 shots on goal. Defensively, the Minnesota Wild are allowing 2.9 goals per game and are killing 84.2 percent of their opponents power plays. Devan Dubnyk has given up 59 goals on 699 shots faced and Alex Stalock has allowed 41 goals on 482 shots. The Minnesota Wild have allowed three or less goals in eight of their last 11 games.
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The Nashville Predators could use a win here after losing four of their last five games. The Nashville Predators are averaging 3.2 goals per game and are scoring on 25 percent of their power play opportunities. Filip Forsberg leads Nashville with 15 goals, P.K. Subban has 18 assists and Kevin Fiala has 80 shots on goal. Defensively, the Nashville Predators are allowing 2.7 goals per game and are killing 82.9 percent of their opponents power plays. Pekka Rinne has given up 67 goals on 885 shots faced and Juuse Saros has allowed 24 goals on 291 shots. The Nashville Predators have allowed four or more goals in four of their last five games.
The Wild are 1-4 in their last 5 Saturday games. The Predators are 7-3 in their last 10 games playing on 0 days rest, 28-11 in their last 39 home games and 5-1 in their last 6 Saturday games. The over is 4-1-1 in the last 6 meetings and the under is 7-3-4 in the last 14 meetings in Nashville.
The Minnesota Wild are in much better form, and the Predators are a hard team to back with the way they're taking the puck out of their own net recently. However, Nashville is still an extremely good home team, and you have to give the edge to the home team here with both clubs on the end of a back to back. Nashville has also had a lot of success this season playing on the end of a back to back. I'll side with the Predators here.