The Nashville Predators and Anaheim Ducks meet Sunday in NHL action at the Honda Center. Let’s preview this game and give out a pick and prediction.
The Nashville Predators are averaging 2.9 goals per game and are scoring on 19 percent of their power play opportunities. Filip Forsberg leads Nashville with 19 goals, Roman Josi has 39 assists and Matt Duchene has 145 shots on goal. Defensively, the Nashville Predators are allowing 2.9 goals per game and are killing 81.5 percent of their opponent’s power plays. Juuse Saros has allowed 131 goals on 1,583 shots faced, and Kevin Lankinen has allowed 35 goals on 451 shots.
The Anaheim Ducks are averaging 2.5 goals per game and are scoring on 16 percent of their power play opportunities. Trevor Zegras leads Anaheim with 21 goals, Troy Terry has 30 assists and Frank Vatrano has 184 shots on goal. Defensively, the Anaheim Ducks are allowing 4 goals per game and are killing 73.2 percent of their opponent’s power plays. John Gibson has given up 162 goals on 1,680 shots faced, and Anthony Stolarz has allowed 51 goals on 494 shots.
The Predators are 4-9 in their last 13 games playing on 0 days rest and 1-4 in their last 5 Sunday games. The Ducks are 3-7 in their last 10 home games and 26-64 in their last 90 overall. The under is 4-1 in Predators last 5 overall. The under is 6-1-1 in Ducks last 8 overall. The Predators are 5-0 in the last 5 meetings. The home team is 10-3 in the last 13 meetings. The favorite is 5-0 in the last 5 meetings.
The Nashville Predators don't win on the end of back to backs, but there's no excuse for them here if they're serious about staying in the playoff conversation. The Anaheim Ducks are below average at both ends of the ice, they don't win games, and playing at home hasn't helped much. Must win game for the Preds. I'll lay the juice.