Nashville Predators (32-12-8) at Ottawa Senators (18-25-9)
|Date & Time||Thursday February 8, 2018, 7:30 PM (EST)|
The Line: Ottawa Senators / Nashville Predators --- Over/Under:
The Nashville Predators and Ottawa Senators meet Thursday in NHL action at the Canadian Tire Centre.
The Nashville Predators look for a victory here after winning nine of their last 12 games. The Nashville Predators are averaging 3.1 goals per game and are scoring on 24 percent of their power play opportunities. Kevin Fiala leads Nashville with 17 goals, P.K. Subban has 28 assists and Filip Forsberg has 101 shots on goal. Defensively, the Nashville Predators are allowing 2.5 goals per game and are killing 82.1 percent of their opponents power plays. Pekka Rinne has given up 87 goals on 1,172 shots faced and Juuse Saros has allowed 33 goals on 450 shots. The Nashville Predators have allowed three or less goals in 11 of their last 13 games.
The Ottawa Senators could use a victory here after losing eight of their last 12 games. The Ottawa Senators are averaging 2.6 goals per game and are scoring on 16.7 percent of their power play opportunities. Mark Stone leads Ottawa with 18 goals, Erik Karlsson has 30 assists and Mike Hoffman has 169 shots on goal. Defensively, the Ottawa Senators are allowing 3.3 goals per game and are killing 74.5 percent of their opponents power plays. Craig Anderson has given up 113 goals on 1,169 shots faced and Mike Condon has allowed 54 goals on 551 shots. The Ottawa Senators have allowed three or more goals in 10 of their last 12 games.
The Predators are 4-1 in their last 5 vs. Eastern Conference, 4-1 in their last 5 vs. a team with a losing record and 4-0 in their last 4 games playing on 0 days rest. The Senators are 2-10 in their last 12 vs. Western Conference, 1-5 in their last 6 Thursday games and 10-26 in their last 36 overall. The Predators are 5-2 in the last 7 meetings in Ottawa, 4-0 in the last 4 meetings and the over is 7-1 in the last 8 meetings in Ottawa.
The Nashville Predators are on the end of a back to back and had to play an overtime/shootout, so we could see some tired legs here. However, the Ottawa Senators are in brutal form right now and a team I'm not trying to back. Also, the Predators have lost two straight games just once since Christmas, so odds are on your side with the road team here. I'll back the Nashville Predators on the road.