New Jersey Devils vs. Nashville Predators - 12/7/19 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Game: New Jersey Devils vs Nashville Predators
Date: Saturday, December 7, 2019
Location: Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, TN
TV: No TV
Odds/Point Spread: Devils (+166) Predators (-185)
MacKenzie Blackwood and the New Jersey Devils (9-14-4, 8th in the Metropolitan Division) head to Bridgestone Arena on Saturday where they'll take on the Nashville Predators (12-10-5, 6th in the Central Division). The Devils open this matchup at +166 while the Predators are coming in at -185. The total is set at 6. The Devils are covering 30.8% of the time, having gone 8-18 SU. The Predators are covering 42.3% of the time, going 11-15 straight up.
The New Jersey Devils head into this matchup with a record of 9 victories and 14 losses, which is good for 8th in the Metropolitan Division. During the season thus far, they have converted a total of 68 goals which has them ranked at 15th in the Eastern Conference and 30th in the NHL. Their goal differential is -30, which is good for 30th in the NHL. The Devils have compiled a total of 22 points, which has them ranked at 30th in the NHL and 15th in the East. Regarding shots toward the net, they have compiled a total of 835 which has them ranked at 13th in the conference and 27th in the NHL. As a team, New Jersey has earned a total of 391 hits which means they have an average of 14.5 per game. They have compiled a total of 253 blocks for the season. The man protecting the net for New Jersey is MacKenzie Blackwood from Vancouver, British Columbia. He is 23 years old and has totaled 1,136 mins defending the net for the year. Blackwood is giving up an average of 3.17 GAA which has him ranked 20th among Eastern Conference goaltenders and 45th among goalies in the NHL. During this year, he's surrendered 60 goals. He has a save percentage of .896 which has him ranked 22nd among Eastern Conference goaltenders.
The New Jersey Devils had a rough game after their 4 - 3 loss to the Vegas Golden Knights in their previous game. The Devils had a middle of the road offensive output in this defeat. For this outing, they converted 3 of the 35 shots they put on net. They also had 2 power play opportunities but weren't able to score a goal. New Jersey earned a total of 8 penalty mins for this matchup. The Corsi for the Devils sat at 45 and the Corsi against was 36 which gave them a Corsi percentage of 55.6%. Their Fenwick sat at 34 and the Fenwick against sat at 23, which tells us they had a Fenwick percentage of 59.6%. They won 18 face-off wins at even strength and were beaten on 22 of all total face-offs. Their starts in the offensive zone came in at 68.2% and they had a PDO of 91.0 for this one. In discussing stats from the opponent, the Vegas Golden Knights put up 30 shots. They ended the game with 6 penalty minutes and they earned a total of 3 power play opportunities.
The Predators will be the team across the ice and for the season they have 12 wins and 10 losses. in respect to goal differential, they are currently ranked 8th in the Western Conference and 15th in the league with +2. They have a total of 88 goals for this season which ranks them 6th in the Western Conference. Nashville has a save % as a team of .889 which has them sitting 27th in the league, meaning scoring chances could be plentiful if they attack the goal. They are shooting 9.6% putting them at 7th in the West. In goal for Nashville is Pekka Rinne who is having a marginal campaign by allowing 2.84 GAA and that has him 16th among West goaltenders and 28th in the NHL. In the 886 mins he has played this year, he's surrendered 42 goals. His save percentage is .899, which has him placed 21st among West goaltenders and 41st in the NHL.
The Nashville Predators squared up with the Tampa Bay Lightning in a game where the Predators took the defeat by a tally of 3 - 2. In this game, Nashville wound up with a 46.8% Corsi rating. They got there by having a Corsi of 29 while the opposition had a Corsi of 33. Their Fenwick percentage was 46.9% by earning a Fenwick of 23 and the Lightning earning a 26 Fenwick at even strength. This Corsi percentage speaks to the kind of game that Nashville had and it could be said that this team has had better games. Their PDO was 83.3 and they'll go home having earned an oZS percentage of 41.3%. The Predators netted 2 goals of the 32 shots on goal they attempted. They had 4 power play attempts in this outing and netted 1 out of those opportunities. Regarding the opposition, the Lightning had 3 power play opportunities but weren't able to put the puck in the net. Nashville conceded 31 shots on goal and the Lightning had 15 penalty minutes.
Who will win tonight's hockey game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take New Jersey (+166)
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