Nashville Predators (10-5-2) at Minnesota Wild (8-7-2)
|Date & Time||Thursday November 16, 2017, 8:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Minnesota Wild -125 / Nashville Predators +113 --- Over/Under: 5.5
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The Nashville Predators look to continue their hot streak and claim their sixth win in a row as they travel to Minnesota to face off against the Wild on Thursday night.
The Predators got off to a slow start but are now looking like the reigning Western Conference champions as they have won five games in a row and four of their last five away from home and heading into Minnesota they are in great shape to pull off the mild upset as a slight road underdog. The Predators have had their way against Central division opponents and with a show down against Minnesota on Thursday night they can extend their intradivisional success in a game that should put them in position heading into the weekend with some confidence. The Preds don’t have a ton of weapons in the offensive zone but are among the league’s best in terms of their defense and have one of the best goaltenders in the NHL in Pekka Rinne who is expected to get the nod here against Devan Dubnyk.
The Wild are starting to heat up as well and are getting healthier with each passing game but they need to find more consistency in their play as they are a dismal 3-10 in their last 13 games following a win and haven’t looked the part of a league contender thus far. Minnesota has had to deal with some early season injuries to some key players in the offensive zone and the return if Charlie Coyle can greatly change their fortunes, but luckily for them Jason Zucker has stepped up his play and is on pace for a career season but the Wild need some reinforcements as they don’t have a ton of depth up top and aren’t built for games where they will need to score goals in bunches.
The Preds are 4-1 in their last five road games and 5-2 in their last seven against a team with a losing record while the Wild are 1-4 in their last five against the West and 7-15 in their last 22 against a team with a losing record. Nashville is playing very well at the moment and while Minny has turned it around I think this is a great spot for the Preds to show they are still a step above with a road win.