Arizona Coyotes vs. Nashville Predators - 1/4/18 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Nashville Predators (23-11-5) at Arizona Coyotes (9-27-5)
NHL Hockey: Thursday, January 4, 2018 at 9:00 pm (Gila River Arena)
The Line: Arizona Coyotes +166 / Nashville Predators -185 --- Over/Under: 5.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: FSSM, FSAZ
The Nashville Predators and Arizona Coyotes meet Thursday in NHL action at the Gila River Arena.
The Nashville Predators need a victory here after losing five of their last seven games. The Nashville Predators are averaging 3.1 goals per game and are scoring on 24.7 percent of their power play opportunities. Filip Forsberg leads Nashville with 15 goals, P.K. Subban has 20 assists and Kevin Fiala has 85 shots on goal. Defensively, the Nashville Predators are allowing 2.6 goals per game and are killing 82.6 percent of their opponents power plays. Pekka Rinne has given up 72 goals on 952 shots faced and Juuse Saros has allowed 24 goals on 320 shots. The Nashville Predators have allowed three or more goals in five of their last seven games.
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The Arizona Coyotes also need a victory after losing 10 of their last 12 games. The Arizona Coyotes are averaging 2.3 goals per game and are scoring on 16.7 percent of their power play opportunities. Clayton Keller leads Arizona with 14 goals, Max Domi has 16 assists and Derek Stepan has 113 shots on goal. Defensively, the Arizona Coyotes are allowing 3.5 goals per game and are killing 80.6 percent of their opponents power plays. Scott Wedgewood has given up 47 goals on 455 shots faced and Antti Raanta has allowed 48 goals on 548 shots. The Arizona Coyotes have allowed three or more goals in 11 of their last 15 games.
The Predators are 8-2 in their last 10 vs. a team with a losing record, 35-16 in their last 51 vs. Western Conference and 2-5 in their last 7 overall. The Coyotes are 8-20 in their last 28 home games, 18-39 in their last 57 games playing on 3 or more days rest and 13-41 in their last 54 overall. The Predators are 2-8 in the last 10 meetings in Arizona, 8-3 in the last 11 meetings and the home team is 37-17-1 in the last 55 meetings.
Both clubs are struggling right now, but you have to have confidence the Nashville Predators will turn things around before the young Arizona Coyotes. The Coyotes are just not built to win a lot of games this season, as every trend you find suggests, while the Predators are an experienced bunch that has beat up on losing teams all season long. This is a game Nashville can use to kind of get back on track, and like eight of the last 11 meetings have gone, the Preds should get it done.