Nashville Predators vs Tampa Bay Lightning NHL Picks & Predictions 10/26/2019
Saturday, October 26, 2019
Pekka Rinne and the Nashville Predators (6-3-1, 2nd in the Central Division) head to Amalie Arena on Saturday where they'll meet the Tampa Bay Lightning (5-3-1, 5th in the Atlantic Division). The moneyline on this contest has the Predators coming in at +110 and the Lightning are at -130. The over/under has been set at 6.5. The Predators are covering 60.0% of the time, having gone 6-4 SU. Tampa Bay is covering 50.0% of the time, going 4-4 straight up.
The Nashville Predators head into this game holding a record of 6 victories and 3 losses, which is good for 2nd in the Central Division. So far this year, they have earned a total of 42 goals which ranks 1st in the conference and 2nd in the league. Their goal differential is +11, which is good for 2nd in the league. The Predators have earned a total of 13 pts, which ranks 8th in the league and 4th in the Western Conference. in respect to shots toward the net, they have earned a total of 311 which ranks 7th in the West and 15th in the league. As a group, Nashville currently has a total of 122 hits which means they are averaging 12.2 per game. They have earned a total of 102 blocks for the season. In goal for Nashville is Pekka Rinne from Kempele, Finland. He is 37 years old and has totaled 424 mins minding the goal for the season. Rinne is surrendering 1.98 goals per contest which has him sitting 3rd in the Western Conference and 4th in the NHL among goaltenders. Over the course of this year, he's surrendered 14 goals. He has a save % of .931 which has him sitting 5th in the Western Conference.
The Nashville Predators had a good night with a 4 - 0 victory against the Minnesota Wild their last time out. The Predators had a solid offensive output and it showed in this win. In this game, they earned a goal on 4 of the 21 shots they tried. They also had 1 power play chance but weren't able to score. Nashville had 4 penalty minutes while out there on the ice. The Corsi for the Predators sat at 38 and the Corsi against was 39 which tells us they had a Corsi percentage of 49.4%. Their Fenwick was 24 and the Fenwick against sat at 29, which tells us they had a Fenwick percentage of 45.3%. They earned 23 face-off wins and were beaten on 20 of the face-offs. Their starts in the offensive zone were rated at 57.6% and they had a PDO of 120.0 for this game. When it comes to their opponent, the Minnesota Wild racked up 26 shots. Their total at the end of the game was 2 penalty mins and they tallied 2 power play opportunities.
The Lightning are the team on the other side of the ice and for the year they have 5 wins and 3 losses. In the matter of goal differential, they are ranked 7th in the conference and 13th in the league with +2. They currently have a total of 31 goals for this year which has them ranked at 8th in the conference. Tampa Bay has a team save % of .905 which currently has them ranked 14th in the league, which means there should be some chances to score. They have a team shooting percentage of 10.9% which is good for 4th in the Eastern Conference. In net for Tampa Bay is Andrei Vasilevskiy who is having a bad year by allowing 2.99 goals per game and that has him 14th among East goaltenders and 29th among goaltenders in the NHL. In the 421 minutes he has played, he has given up 21 goals. He has a save % of .907, which has him ranking 13th among East goaltenders and 26th among goaltenders in the NHL.
The Tampa Bay Lightning opposed the Pittsburgh Penguins in a matchup where the Lightning got the win by a final of 3 - 2. In this game, Tampa Bay had a 53.3% Corsi rating. They got there by having a Corsi of 56 while their opponent earned a Corsi of 49. Their Fenwick percentage was 52.9% by notching a Fenwick of 45 and the Penguins earning a 40 Fenwick at even strength. This Corsi percentage speaks to the kind of game that Tampa Bay had and it shows us they played like an average team. They had a PDO at even strength of 99.5 and they earned an oZS percentage of 69.4%. The Lightning notched 3 goals of the 48 shots on goal they tried. They had 4 power play opportunities in this outing and were able to notch 1 out of those tries. Concerning the opposition, the Penguins had 1 power play chance but didn't put the puck in goal. Tampa Bay gave way to 39 shots on goal and the Penguins had 10 minutes in the box.
Who will win tonight's NHL game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take Tampa Bay (-130)
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