New York Rangers (15-14-7) at Nashville Predators (22-14-2)
|Date & Time||Saturday December 29, 2018, 8:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Nashville Predators -256 / New York Rangers +205 --- Over/Under: 6
The New York Rangers and the Nashville Predators meet in NHL action from the Bridgestone Arena on Saturday night.
The New York Rangers will be out to snap a 3-game losing streak after a 4-3 loss to Columbus in their last outing. Columbus opened the scoring before Jimmy Vesey got the Rangers on the board. The tie would last just 2:09 as Columbus carried a 2-1 lead into the 2ndperiod. Chris Kreider would score the 2ndperiod’s lone goal to make it 2-2 heading into the 3rdand would score again just after the midway point of the final frame to give New York a 3-2 advantage. The Rangers would be unable to hold on as the Blue Jackets tied the game with 2:20 to go and would steal the extra point just :31 into overtime. Henrik Lundqvist took the loss, falling to 10-9-7 with the defeat in extra time.
The Nashville Predators will be out to snap a 5-game losing streak after a 2-0 loss to Dallas in their last outing. Dallas took a 1-0 lead in the opening frame and added a 2ndtally in the 2ndframe, holding on as Anton Khudobin stopped 49 Nashville shots on goal in the game. Mattias Ekholm led the Preds with 8 shots on target while Viktor Arvidsson had 6 shots on goal and P.K. Subban and Matt Irwin finished a team-worst -2 in the losing effort. Pekka Rinne ended up with the loss, falling to 14-9-1 this season after allowing both goals on 30 shots in the defeat.
New York is 1-6 in their last 7 games overall and 17-43 in their last 60 road games while the over is 8-2 in their last 10 games overall. Nashville is 0-5 in their last 5 games overall and 62-28 in their last 90 home games while the over is 5-1 in their last 6 Saturday games. The home team is 7-2 in the last 9 meetings between these two teams.
The home team has had a lot of success in this matchup, but you’re nuts if you think I’m laying this kind of juice with a Nashville team that’s lost 5 in a row. The Predators are probably due, but the only play for me with Nashville would be the puck line and I don’t see that happening here. On the flipside, I’m not particularly confident enough in the Rangers to take them as a dog in this spot. With that said, I’ll side with the over as both teams have had issues keeping the puck out of the net lately but both sides are also capable offensively so I think the over hits here.