Nashville Predators at Anaheim Ducks
|Date & Time||Tuesday March 12, 2019, 10:00 PM (EDT)|
Anaheim Ducks +144 / Nashville Predators -169
The Nashville Predators and the Anaheim Ducks meet in NHL action from the Honda Center on Tuesday night.
The Nashville Predators will look to rebound after suffering a 5-3 defeat at the hands of the Carolina Hurricanes in their last outing. Carolina jumped out to an early 2-0 lead after the first period before Craig Smith cut the deficit in half with the lone goal of the 2nd period. The 3rd period saw Carolina and Nashville trade goals back and forth with Brian Boyle and Mikael Granlund bringing the score back to 3-2 and 4-3 before Carolina secured the win with an empty-netter late in the 3rd. Juuse Saros took the loss, falling to 15-9-2 after allowing 4 goals on 31 shots faced in the losing effort.
The Anaheim Ducks will also be looking to rebound after a 3-2 loss to the Los Angeles Kings in their last outing. Los Angeles jumped out to a 3-1 lead by the end of the 1st period with Daniel Sprong scoring the lone Ducks goal in the opening frame, and that’s all the scoring that L.A. would need. The 3-1 score held through the 2nd period and through the first half of the 3rd period before Jakob Silfverberg cut the deficit to 3-2. Anaheim wouldn’t find the equalizer though, and would be sent to yet another defeat. Ryan Miller took the loss, falling to 7-5-1 after allowing all 3 goals on 25 shots faced in the loss.
Nashville is 3-11 in their last 14 games as a road favorite and 4-1 in their last 5 games against a team with a losing record while the under is 5-2 in their last 7 games against the Western Conference. Anaheim is 8-27 in their last 35 games overall and 4-12 in their last 16 home games while the under is 9-2 in their last 11 games against the Western Conference. Nashville is 6-1 in the last 7 meetings between these two teams.
I’m not a huge fan of road favorites as they haven’t been very kind to me lately, but even with their struggles in this role, the Predators have more to play for in this matchup. Nashville is fighting for a division lead while every game that Anaheim wins only hurts their draft position come lottery time. Add in the success that the Predators have had in this matchup, and I think Nashville is the only logical choice here.