Nashville Predators vs. Pittsburgh Penguins - 12/28/19 NHL Picks, Odds, and Prediction
Game: Nashville Predators vs Pittsburgh Penguins
Date: Saturday, December 28, 2019
Location: PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh, PA
Odds/Point Spread: Predators (+104) Penguins (-115)
Tristan Jarry and the Pittsburgh Penguins (21-11-4, 5th in the Metropolitan Division) play the Nashville Predators (18-12-6, 5th in the Central Division) at PPG Paints Arena on Saturday, December 28, 2019. The Penguins open this contest at -115 while the Predators are priced at +104. The O/U is set at 6. The Predators cover 48.6% of the time, having gone 17-18 SU. The Penguins cover 55.9% of the time, going 19-15 straight up.
The Nashville Predators head into this game holding a record of 18 wins and 12 defeats, which puts them at 5th in the Central Division. So far this season, they have converted a total of 125 goals which is 2nd in the West and 5th in the NHL. Their goal differential is +11, which puts them at 11th in the NHL. The Predators currently have a total of 42 pts, which is 17th in the NHL and 9th in the Western Conference. Regarding shots on goal, they currently have a total of 1,215 which is 4th in the West and 8th in the NHL. As a team, Nashville has a total of 566 hits which has them averaging 15.7 per contest. They currently have a total of 432 blocks for the season. The man in goal for Nashville is Pekka Rinne from Kempele, Finland. He is 37 years old and has racked up 1,188 minutes defending the net for the season. Rinne is giving up 2.93 goals against average which has him ranked 19th among West goalies and 39th in the NHL. Over the course of this year, he's allowed 58 goals. He has a save percentage of .896 which has him ranked 26th among West goalies.
The Nashville Predators were on the winning side of the scoreboard with a 3 - 2 victory against the Arizona Coyotes in their previous contest. The Predators had an average offensive performance in the victory. While out there on the ice, they converted 3 out of the 41 shots they attempted. Moreover, they had 1 power play chance but weren't able to score a goal. Nashville racked up a total of 4 penalty mins for this outing. The Corsi for the Predators sat at 67 and the Corsi against was 51 which means they earned a Corsi percentage of 56.8%. Their Fenwick sat at 55 while the Fenwick against sat at 38, which gave them a Fenwick percentage of 59.1%. They won 27 face-off wins and lost 21 of the face-offs. Their offensive zone starts were rated at 60.0% and they had a PDO of 100.2 for this game. In discussing stats from the opponent, the Arizona Coyotes tallied 28 shots. They finished with 2 minutes in the box and they earned 2 power play opportunities.
The Penguins are the team looking to add points to their total and for the campaign they sit with 21 victories and 11 defeats. When talking about goal differential, they are sitting 3rd in the East and 4th in the league with +22. They currently have a total of 118 goals for the season which has them at 8th in the East. Pittsburgh has a team save % of .908 which currently has them sitting 9th in the league, meaning there should be some opportunities to score. They are shooting 9.8% putting them at 9th in the conference. In net for Pittsburgh is Tristan Jarry who is having a good campaign by allowing only 1.86 goals against average and that places him 2nd among East goalies and 2nd in the NHL. In the 902 mins he has been on the ice this year, he has allowed 28 goals. He has a save % of .939, which has him placed 2nd among East goalies and 2nd in the NHL.
The Pittsburgh Penguins played the Vancouver Canucks in a game where the Penguins ended up taking the loss by a score of 4 - 1. For this outing, Pittsburgh earned a 69.7% Corsi rating. They earned that percentage by having a Corsi of 53 and the other team having a Corsi of 23. They had a Fenwick percentage of 65.3% by notching a Fenwick of 32 and the Canucks finishing with a 17 Fenwick at even strength. These Corsi stats speak to the kind of game that Pittsburgh played and it tells us that they didn't have their best game. They had a PDO of 80.0 and their percentage of oZS was 77.3%. The Penguins converted 1 goal of the 29 shots on goal they tried. They had 5 power play opportunities in this game and were able to convert 1 out of those tries. Regarding the opposition, the Canucks had 5 power play chances and went on to score 2 goals. Pittsburgh allowed 14 shots on goal and the Canucks earned a total of 10 penalty mins.
So what is Tonights Parlay prediction?
Parlays Pundit's Pick: Take Pittsburgh (-115) and under the total goals
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