The Nashville Predators and Montreal Canadiens meet Saturday in NHL action at the Bell Centre.
The Nashville Predators are starting to get desperate for a victory after losing seven of their last nine games. The Nashville Predators are averaging three goals per game and are scoring on 15.1 percent of their power play opportunities. Filip Forsberg leads Nashville with 14 goals, Ryan Johansen has 28 assists and Roman Josi has 148 shots on goal. Defensively, the Nashville Predators are allowing 2.5 goals per game and are killing 81.1 percent of their opponents power plays. Pekka Rinne has given up 61 goals on 766 shots faced and Juuse Saros has allowed 39 goals on 400 shots. The Nashville Predators have allowed three or more goals in five of their last nine games.
The Montreal Canadiens look to stay hot after winning five of their last six games. The Montreal Canadiens are averaging 3.1 goals per game and are scoring on 13.1 percent of their power play opportunities. Brendan Gallagher leads Montreal with 15 goals, Max Domi has 24 assists and Jonathan Drouin has 105 shots on goal. Defensively, the Montreal Canadiens are allowing 3.1 goals per game and are killing 77.4 percent of their opponents power plays. Carey Price has given up 83 goals on 901 shots faced and Antti Niemi has allowed 44 goals on 371 shots. The Montreal Canadiens have allowed three or less goals in six of their last seven games.
The Predators are 14-4 in their last 18 vs. Eastern Conference, 10-4 in their last 14 games playing on 0 days rest and 2-6 in their last 8 overall. The Canadiens are 4-0 in their last 4 vs. Western Conference, 4-1 in their last 5 home games and 5-2 in their last 7 Saturday games. The Predators are 5-2 in the last 7 meetings. The under is 8-2 in Canadiens last 10 vs. Western Conference. The over is 6-2 in Predators last 8 road games.
I'm not sure what it is, but the Nashville Predators can't win on the road and it's been a large enough sample size to suggest you should continue fading them. Yes, the Predators have had great success on the end of back to backs and has won five of the last six games against the Montreal Canadiens. Still, I'm not backing the Predators on the road until they can end this drought, and I'm certainly not going to do so with them on a quick turnaround. I'll take the Montreal Canadiens and the cheap price on their home ice.