Nashville Predators (22-10-1) at Ottawa Senators (14-16-4)
|Date & Time||Monday December 17, 2018, 7:30 PM (EST)|
The Line: Ottawa Senators +162 / Nashville Predators -180 --- Over/Under: 6
The Nashville Predators and Ottawa Senators meet Monday in NHL action at the Canadian Tire Centre.
The Nashville Predators look for another victory after winning five of their last seven games. The Nashville Predators are averaging 3.1 goals per game and are scoring on 14.4 percent of their power play opportunities. Filip Forsberg leads Nashville with 14 goals, Ryan Johansen has 21 assists and Roman Josi has 122 shots on goal. Defensively, the Nashville Predators are allowing 2.5 goals per game and are killing 82.2 percent of their opponents power plays. Pekka Rinne has given up 41 goals on 580 shots faced and Juuse Saros has allowed 38 goals on 356 shots. The Nashville Predators have allowed three or less goals in eight of their last 10 games.
The Ottawa Senators could use a win after losing five of their last seven games. The Ottawa Senators are averaging 3.3 goals per game and are scoring on 21.7 percent of their power play opportunities. Mark Stone leads Ottawa with 16 goals, Thomas Chabot has 26 assists and Matt Duchene has 62 shots on goal. Defensively, the Ottawa Senators are allowing 3.9 goals per game and are killing 74.5 percent of their opponents power plays. Craig Anderson has given up 96 goals on 1,036 shots faced and Mike McKenna has allowed 21 goals on 214 shots. The Ottawa Senators have allowed three or more goals in four of their last eight games.
The Predators are 0-6 in their last 6 road games, 37-16 in their last 53 Monday games and 48-23 in their last 71 overall. The Senators are 1-5 in their last 6 Monday games, 9-24 in their last 33 vs. Western Conference and 2-5 in their last 7 overall. The Predators are 6-1 in the last 7 meetings and the home team is 5-1 in the last 6 meetings. The over is 23-9-3 in Senators last 35 overall. The over is 4-1 in Predators last 5 road games.
The Nashville Predators are playing too well and are too good of a team to continue these road struggles, as they haven't won a road game since November 10. The Ottawa Senators are god awful defensively and the constant inability to keep the puck out of the net makes them a tough team to back. The Predators have also won eight of the last 10 meetings against the Senators, scoring at least three goals in each of the last seven meetings. I have to back the Predators here, even if the price is a bit steep.