Nashville Predators (12-4-2) at Ottawa Senators (8-5-4)
|Date & Time||Thursday November 20, 2014, 7:30 PM (EST)|
The Line: Ottawa Senators +104 / Nashville Predators -115 --- Over/Under: 5
The Nashville Predators and Ottawa Senators play Thursday night at the Canadian Tire Centre.
The Nashville Predators have won five of their last six games and are in first place in the Central division. While a balanced club, the Predators get the job done defensively where they’re allowing two goals per game on the season and 10 goals in their last five games. The Predators also haven’t allowed a power play goal in five of their last six games. Overall, Pekka Rinne has allowed 31 goals on 442 shots and Carter Hutton has given up four goals on 62 shots faced. Offensively, Filip Forsberg and James Neal have combined for 18 goals, Mike Ribeiro has 11 assists and Shea Weber has 46 shots on goal. The Nashville Predators have scored a pp goal in two of their last three games and finish up this two-game road trip before playing four straight at home.
The Ottawa Senators have lost four of their last five games and are losing progress in the Atlantic division. The reason for the slump is poor defense, as the Senators have allowed 16 goals in their last four games. Overall, the Senators are allowing 2.5 goals per game on the season but have lost six of their last seven games when allowing three or more goals. Craig Anderson has allowed 25 goals on 385 shots and Robin Lehner has given up 18 goals on 207 shots faced. Offensively, Clarke MacArthur leads Ottawa with eight goals, Erik Karlsson has eight assists and Bobby Ryan has 41 shots on goal. The Ottawa Senators now return home where they’ve lost four of their last six games.
The Predators are 6-0 in their last 6 vs. Atlantic and 13-5 in their last 18 games playing on 1 days rest. The Senators are 0-6 in their last 6 games playing on 3 or more days rest and 25-51 in their last 76 vs. Western Conference. The road team is 6-2 in the last 8 meetings.
Not sure how anybody can take Ottawa with the way they've been playing and the fact the road team has dominated this series recently. Give me the Predators for the solid price.