The Nashville Predators and Vancouver Canucks meet Saturday in NHL action at the Rogers Arena. The Nashville Predators need a win after losing 7 of their last 9 games. The Vancouver Canucks look for a win after splitting their last 6 games.
The Nashville Predators are averaging 2.73 goals per game and are scoring on 14.3 percent of their power play opportunities. Nino Niederreiter leads Nashville with 5 goals, Mikael Granlund has 9 assists and Roman Josi has 48 shots on goal. Defensively, the Nashville Predators are allowing 3.27 goals per game and are killing 83.3 percent of their opponent’s power plays. Juuse Saros has allowed 25 goals on 246 shots faced, and Kevin Lankinen has allowed 7 goals on 104 shots.
The Vancouver Canucks are averaging 3.45 goals per game and are scoring on 30.8 percent of their power play opportunities. Bo Horvat leads Vancouver with 10 goals, Elias Pettersson has 10 assists and Andrei Kuzmenko has 32 shots on goal. Defensively, the Vancouver Canucks are allowing 4.09 goals per game and are killing 57.6 percent of their opponent’s power plays. Thatcher Demko has given up 32 goals on 259 shots faced, and Spencer Martin has allowed 10 goals on 99 shots.
The Predators are 2-6 in their last 8 road games and 2-7 in their last 9 overall. The Canucks are 1-4 in their last 5 games playing on 1 days rest and 3-9 in their last 12 overall. The over is 36-16-1 in Predators last 53 road games. The over is 15-6-2 in Canucks last 23 overall. The underdog is 5-1 in the last 6 meetings.
I'm not running to the window to back either of these teams, but the Vancouver Canucks have shown more signs of life over the last couple of weeks. The Nashville Predators have been a complete mess for much of the season, and the offense still has yet to really get off the ground. At least the Canucks can find the back of the net, and they've been able to scratch out a win or two recently. Also, home ice matters in a toss up game. It's Canucks or pass for me.