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Nashville Predators vs. Washington Capitals - 10/10/19 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Nashville Predators vs. Washington Capitals
Date & Time Thursday October 10, 2019, 8:00 PM (EDT)
Location
Bridgestone Arena
Nashville, TN
The Line
NSH -135 O/U 6
TV Channel
NBCSWA
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The Washington Capitals are set to visit Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee for a cross-conference clash against the Nashville Predators. The Washington Capitals come into this matchup with a 2-0-2 record, and they will be looking to rebound after dropping their recent home game against the Dallas Stars, 4-3 in OT. The Washington Capitals received goals and assist out of Nicklas Backstrom and John Carlson while Evgeny Kuznetsov contributed his first goal of the season. The Washington Capitals were able to outshoot the Dallas Stars by a 32-26 mark.

The Washington Capitals struggled to keep the Dallas Stars off the scoreboard as they allowed them to score 4 goals on 26 shots. The Capitals starting goaltender Braden Holtby struggled in the crease as he recorded 22 saves which lowered his save percentage to .882 on the season. The Washington Capitals were able to edge out the Dallas Stars in the faceoff circle, 36-31.

The Nashville Predators come into this matchup with a 2-1 record, and they will be looking to continue their success after winning their recent home game against the San Jose Sharks, 5-2. The Nashville Predators received 2 goals out of Roman Josi while Kyle Turris and Filip Frosberg recorded goals. The Nashville Predators were outshot significantly by the San Jose Sharks by a 35-25 mark.

The Nashville Predators were good in keeping the San Jose Sharks off the scoreboard as they held them to 2 goals on 35 shots. The Predators starting goaltender Pekka Rinne had a good game in the crease as he recorded 33 saves which pushes his save percentage to .932 on the season. The Nashville Predators slightly edged the San Jose Sharks in the faceoff circle, 33-32.

Both of these teams have put together impressive starts to the season, but Braden Holtby has had some shaky games in the net for the Capitals which has me siding with the home team. The Predators have scored 5 goals in 2 of their 3 games this season, and they are receiving some big performances out of their veterans with Filip Forsberg having a team-high 3 goals while Matt Duchene has 6 assists. The Capitals are loaded with superstars, but their struggles on their side of the ice has me going the opposite way.

Pick:
Nashville Predators -135
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