Nashville Predators (27-9-4) at Minnesota Wild (18-16-5)
|Date & Time||Saturday January 10, 2015, 2:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Minnesota Wild -105 / Nashville Predators -115 --- Over/Under: 5
The Nashville Predators and Minnesota Wild play Saturday afternoon at the Xcel Energy Center.
The Nashville Predators have won four of their last five games and play their third road game of the month. The Predators are averaging three goals per game and have scored nine goals in their last three games. The Nashville Predators have three power play goals in their last four games and have won eight of their last 11 games when scoring at least three goals overall. Filip Forsberg leads Nashville with 14 goals, Mike Ribeiro has 27 assists and James Neal has 118 shots on goal. Defensively, the Predators are allowing 2.2 goals per game and haven’t allowed a power play goal in five of their last seven games. Pekka Rinne has allowed 71 goals on 995 shots faced and Carter Hutton has given up 14 goals on 138 shots.
The Minnesota Wild have lost four of their last five games and play their third straight home game. The Wild are averaging 2.7 goals per game and have scored six goals in their last three games. The Minnesota Wild have scored three power play goals in their last four games and have split their last eight games when scoring at least three goals overall. Jason Zucker leads Minnesota with 15 goals, Jason Pominville has 23 assists and Zach Parise has 116 shots on goal. Defensively, the Wild are allowing 2.9 goals per game and have allowed a power play goal in five of their last six games. Darcy Kuemper has allowed 65 goals on 661 shots faced and Niklas Backstrom has given up 38 goals on 355 shots.
The Predators are 13-5 in their last 18 vs. Western Conference and 36-16 in their last 52 overall. The Wild are 1-6 in their last 7 vs. Western Conference and 2-9 in their last 11 overall. The under is 6-2-2 in the last 10 meetings.
The Predators are on a bit of a hot streak and have crushed Western Conference teams all season. Minnsota? Not so much. Give me Nashville for the fair price.