Nashville Predators (22-12-2) at Boston Bruins (19-12-4)
|Date & Time||Saturday December 22, 2018, 1:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Boston Bruins -137 / Nashville Predators +106 --- Over/Under: 5.5
The Nashville Predators and Boston Bruins meet Saturday in NHL action at the TD Garden.
The Nashville Predators look for a spark of consistency after splitting their last 10 games. The Nashville Predators are averaging three goals per game and are scoring on 14.5 percent of their power play opportunities. Filip Forsberg leads Nashville with 14 goals, Ryan Johansen has 25 assists and Roman Josi has 133 shots on goal. Defensively, the Nashville Predators are allowing 2.5 goals per game and are killing 82.1 percent of their opponents power plays. Pekka Rinne has given up 48 goals on 658 shots faced and Juuse Saros has allowed 39 goals on 368 shots. The Nashville Predators have allowed three or less goals in five of their last six games.
The Boston Bruins look for another victory after winning five of their last seven games. The Boston Bruins are averaging 2.7 goals per game and are scoring on 26.4 percent of their power play opportunities. David Pastrnak leads Boston with 22 goals, Brad Marchand has 25 assists and David Krejci has 57 shots on goal. Defensively, the Boston Bruins are allowing 2.5 goals per game and are killing 78.6 percent of their opponents power plays. Tuukka Rask has given up 41 goals on 481 shots faced and Jaroslav Halak has allowed 42 goals on 603 shots. The Boston Bruins have allowed three or less goals in six of their last eight games.
The Predators are 0-9 in their last 9 road games, 20-8 in their last 28 Saturday games and 13-3 in their last 16 vs. Eastern Conference. The Bruins are 37-14 in their last 51 home games, 79-38 in their last 117 Saturday games and 5-2 in their last 7 overall. The Predators are 1-7 in the last 8 meetings in Boston and 5-2 in the last 7 meetings. The under is 7-1 in Predators last 8 vs. Eastern Conference. The over is 4-1 in Bruins last 5 home games. The under is 20-8-1 in Bruins last 29 overall.
The Nashville Predators have had a great deal of success against the Boston Bruins, but they also haven't won a road game since November 10. The Boston Bruins have been one of the more consistent home teams in the league dating back to last season and are enjoying one of their best stretches with a defense that's been very stingy. Until the Predators prove they can get the job done outside of Nashville, it's probably best to fade this team. I'll take the Bruins at home and the cheap price.