Nashville Predators (6-2-2) at Vancouver Canucks (8-3-0)
|Date & Time||Sunday November 2, 2014, 9:30 PM (EST)|
The Line: Vancouver Canucks / Nashville Predators --- Over/Under:
The Nashville Predators and Vancouver Canucks play Sunday night at the Rogers Arena.
The Nashville Predators have won three of their last five games and are tied for first place in the Central. The Predators go as far as their defense takes them, as they’re fifth in the league with an average of two goals allowed. The Nashville Predators have won 10 of their last 11 games when allowing two or less goals. Carter Hutton has allowed two goals on 37 shots and Pekka Rinne has given up 18 goals on 248 shots. The Predators, however, could improve their power play killing percentage of 73.3 percent. Offensively, James Neal leads Nashville with seven goals, Filip Forsberg has seven assists and Craig Smith has 28 shots on goal. The power play also hasn’t been kind to the Predators on the offensive end, as they’ve scored just three power play goals all season.
With a win Saturday over the Edmonton Oilers, the Vancouver Canucks have won four straight games. While not consistent, the Canucks defense has allowed no more than two goals in four straight games and hasn’t allowed a single power play goal during this stretch. The Canucks defense has been shaky for much of the year, as Eddie Lack has allowed 12 goals on 87 shots and Ryan Miller has given up 21 goals on 258 shots faced. The Vancouver Canucks have won 14 straight games when allowing two or less goals. Offense has been Vancouver’s bread and butter, as Radim Vrbata has five goals, Henrik Sedin has eight assists and Alexander Edler has 41 shots on goal. The Canucks have scored no less than three goals in their last seven games.
The Predators are 9-3 in their last 12 games playing on 1 days rest and 4-9 in their last 13 Sunday games. The Canucks are 1-9 in their last 10 games playing on 0 days rest and 5-2 in their last 7 vs. Western Conference. The Predators are 1-5 in the last 6 meetings, while the road team is 11-4 in the last 15 meetings.
There's no line by the time this article was published, but I'm not sure how you can pick against the Vancouver Canucks with the way they've been playing. The Predators have been shaky on both sides of the ice and are brutal on the power play. Look for the Canucks to take advantage and remain red hot.