The Nashville Predators and Montreal Canadiens meet Thursday in NHL action at the Bell Centre. The Nashville Predators have won 5 of their last 7 games. The Montreal Canadiens have lost 8 of their last 9 games.
The Nashville Predators are averaging 2.7 goals per game and are scoring on 17.9 percent of their power play opportunities. Filip Forsberg leads Nashville with 14 goals, Roman Josi has 21 assists and Matt Duchene has 83 shots on goal. Defensively, the Nashville Predators are allowing 3 goals per game and are killing 79 percent of their opponent’s power plays. Juuse Saros has allowed 76 goals on 892 shots faced, and Kevin Lankinen has allowed 25 goals on 297 shots.
The Montreal Canadiens are averaging 2.6 goals per game and are scoring on 14.7 percent of their power play opportunities. Cole Caufield leads Montreal with 23 goals, Nick Suzuki has 19 assists and Josh Anderson has 87 shots on goal. Defensively, the Montreal Canadiens are allowing 3.8 goals per game and are killing 74 percent of their opponent’s power plays. Jake Allen has given up 95 goals on 882 shots faced, and Sam Montembeault has allowed 48 goals on 479 shots.
The Predators are 3-7 in their last 10 games playing on 0 days rest and 4-0 in their last 4 overall. The Canadiens are 17-38 in their last 55 home games and 39-89 in their last 128 overall. The over is 30-14-1 in Predators last 45 road games. The under is 5-2-1 in Canadiens last 8 home games. The Predators are 7-1 in the last 8 meetings. The favorite is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings. The home team is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings.
The Nashville Predators are on the end of a back to back, but they appear to be back on track, and they should like their chances to keep things rolling. The Montreal Canadiens have been a mess these last couple of weeks, and playing at home hasn't helped a great deal. This losing stretch has made the Habs a loser for bettors on the season. Not great. Give me the Preds for another victory.