Nashville Predators (18-7-4) at Vancouver Canucks (14-13-4)
|Date & Time||Wednesday December 13, 2017, 10:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Vancouver Canucks +127 / Nashville Predators -140 --- Over/Under: 5.5
The Nashville Predators look to continue their strong start to the season as they take to the road to battle the Vancouver Canucks on Wednesday night.
The Predators head into Vancouver looking to stay red hot in the Central division and win their 14th game in their last 18 tries but they will have their work cut out for them against a Canucks side who continues to defy the odds and win some pretty meaningful hockey games. The Preds come into tonight’s game with a 5-2 mark in their last seven road games and that bodes very well for them here as the Canucks have been downright brutal at home over the last season and a half as they are a woeful 5-21 in their last 26 games on home ice and with just 21 victories in their last 64 games overall the Canucks are going to find it tough to deal with the stingy defensive play of the Predators. Pekka Rinne is expected to get the nod as he will face off against Jacob Markstrom.
The Canucks meanwhile got off to a fast start this season and pulled off some impressive victories against some of the league’s best teams but they have hit a rough patch lately and have struggled against teams from the Central division. Vancouver boasts a pretty young roster and are looking to the future as the likes of Jake Virtanen, Bo Horvat, and Brock Boeser have the Canucks in a great place, but the time isn’t quite now and until this group fully buys into the rebuild they are going to remain in this limbo stage.
The Preds are 13-4 in their last 17 games and have played to the over in four of their last five while the Canucks are 5-1 in their last six Wednesday games and the home team is 5-1 in the last six meetings in this series. The Canucks have trends in their favour but that’s about it as the Preds are the better team and they show it here.