Nashville Predators vs. Ottawa Senators - 12/19/19 NHL Picks, Odds, and Prediction
Game: Nashville Predators vs Ottawa Senators
Date: Thursday, December 19, 2019
Location: Canadian Tire Centre in Ottawa, ON
Odds/Point Spread: Predators (-152) Senators (+137)
Canadian Tire Centre is the site where Anders Nilsson and the Ottawa Senators (14-18-3, 7th in the Atlantic Division) will play the Nashville Predators (16-12-5, 6th in the Central Division) on Thursday. The line on this contest has the Predators coming in at -152 and the Senators are at +137. The over/under has been set at 6. The Predators are covering 45.2% of the time, having gone 14-17 SU. The Senators are covering 41.2% of the time, going 14-20 straight up.
The Nashville Predators head into this game holding a record of 16 wins and 12 losses, which is good for 6th in the Central Division. So far this year, they have earned a total of 114 goals which is 2nd in the conference and 5th in the NHL. Their goal differential is +10, which is good for 10th in the NHL. The Predators have a total of 37 points, which is 20th in the NHL and 9th in the Western Conference. Regarding shots at the opposing goalie, they have a total of 1,108 which is 5th in the conference and 12th in the NHL. As a unit, Nashville has obtained a total of 515 hits which has them averaging 15.6 per contest. They have a total of 388 blocks for the season. The man between the pipes for Nashville is Pekka Rinne from Kempele, Finland. He is 37 years old and has played 1,064 minutes protecting the net for the year. Rinne is conceding an average of 2.99 goals per contest which places him at 22nd among Western Conference goaltenders and 43rd in the NHL. Over the course of this season, he's given up 53 goals. He holds a save percentage of .894 which places him at 27th among Western Conference goaltenders.
The Nashville Predators will head into their next game feeling good after earning a 8 - 3 win over the New York Islanders in their previous game. The Predators had a solid offensive output in the victory. In this matchup, they scored on 8 of the 24 shots they put on net. In addition, they had 5 power play opportunities and were able to notch 2 goals out of those chances. Nashville ended up with 18 penalty mins for this matchup. The Corsi for the Predators sat at 39 and the Corsi against was 58 telling us they have a Corsi percentage of 40.2%. Their Fenwick sat at 28 and the Fenwick against was 35, telling us they have a rate of 44.4%. They won 24 face-off wins and lost 29 tries to control the puck. The offensive zone starts for them were rated at 51.5% and they had a PDO of 127.4 in this game. When it comes to their opponent, the New York Islanders put up 30 shots. They had a total of 34 penalty mins and they had 2 power play opportunities.
The Senators are the team looking to add points to their total and for the season they sit with 14 wins and 18 defeats. Regarding goal differential, they sit 14th in the East and 27th in the NHL with -18. They currently have a total of 94 goals for the season which is good for 12th in the East. Ottawa has a team save % of .902 which has them sitting 21st in the NHL, meaning scoring chances could be there if they are opportunistic. They have a team shooting percentage of 8.9% which puts them at 13th in the conference. In net for Ottawa is Anders Nilsson who is having a bad year by allowing 3.18 goals against average and that has him ranked 26th among Eastern Conference goaltenders and 54th in the NHL. In the 1,093 minutes he's played this season, he has given up 58 goals. He has a save percentage of .908, which places him at 20th among Eastern Conference goaltenders and 38th in the NHL.
The Ottawa Senators played the Tampa Bay Lightning in a matchup where the Senators went home in defeat by a score of 4 - 3. While out there on the ice, Ottawa had a 28.3% Corsi rating. They wound up with that percentage by having a Corsi of 30 while their opponent had a Corsi of 76. Their Fenwick percentage was 32.1% by earning a Fenwick of 27 and the Lightning having a 57 Fenwick. These Corsi stats speak to the kind of game that Ottawa played and you can say they had a mediocre outing. Their PDO was 102.2 and they earned an oZS percentage of 22.0%. The Senators converted 3 goals of the 28 shots on goal they were seeking. They had 4 power play chances in this game but weren't able to score a goal. Concerning their opponent, the Lightning had 1 power play opportunity but didn't put the puck in goal. Ottawa gave up 40 shots on goal and the Lightning racked up 8 minutes in the box.
Who will win tonight's NHL game ATS?
Josh's Pick: Take Ottawa (+137)
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