Nashville Predators at San Jose Sharks 12/13/2014 Free NHL Picks & Predictions
by Tony Sink - 12/12/2014
Saturday, December 13, 2014 at 10:30 PM ET
SAP Center at San Jose in San Jose
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The highly-rated defense of the Nashville Predators will be going on the road on Saturday to face the San Jose Sharks, who have one of the top 5 power plays. The Predators were able to sweep their three-game regular season series against the Sharks.
In their game against the Arizona Coyotes on Thursday, the Predators scored three first-period goals and rolled to a 5-1 road win. Left wing James Neal was their top player in that win by scoring one goal and assisting on another.
Nashville's defense has been one of the best in the league so far this season by only giving up 1.9 goals per game. Center Filip Forsberg has had a great start to the year by scoring 12 goals and assisting on 17 others. Netminder Pekka Rinne has won 19 of his 25 starts this season and has an excellent 1.78 GAA for the Preds.
On Thursday night, the Sharks won their second game in a row when they defeated the Minnesota Wild 2-1 at home. They went 1-for-3 on the power play in that win and ended up outshooting the Wild 30-19.
So far this season, the Sharks have had one of the best power plays in the Eastern Conference by scoring on 24.5 percent of their opportunities with the extra man. Goalie Antti Niemi has an 11-7-3 record this season with one shutout, a 2.53 GAA and a .915 save percentage.
Nashville Predators Betting Trends
Nashville Predators are 19-9-0 Against the Spread
Nashville Predators are 7-17-0 against the Over/Under
San Jose Sharks Betting Trends
San Jose Sharks are 16-15-0 Against the Spread
San Jose Sharks are 12-16-0 against the Over/Under
Injuries to Watch
12/12/14 LW Taylor Beck Concussion out indefinitely
12/11/14 C Paul Gaustad Upper Body "?" Saturday vs San Jose
11/11/14 LW Viktor Stalberg Lower Body out 4-6 weeks
San Jose Sharks
12/11/14 D Marc-Edouard Vlasic Upper Body "?" Saturday vs. Nashville
12/10/14 LW Matthew Nieto Ankle out indefinitely
12/10/14 RW Mike Brown Lower Body out indefinitely
12/09/14 C Tyler Kennedy Shoulder out indefinitely
11/28/14 GO Troy Grosenick Upper Body out indefinitely
10/06/14 LW Raffi Torres Knee out indefinitely
Tony's Pick: Take San Jose
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