Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Nashville Predators - 12/27/19 NHL Picks, Odds, and Prediction
Game: Pittsburgh Penguins vs Nashville Predators
Date: Friday, December 27, 2019
Location: Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, TN
Odds/Point Spread: Penguins (+100) Predators (-120)
Bridgestone Arena is the venue where Pekka Rinne and the Nashville Predators (18-12-6, 5th in the Central Division) will play the Pittsburgh Penguins (21-11-4, 5th in the Metropolitan Division) on Friday. The Penguins open this game at +100 while the Predators are priced at -120. The over/under is set at 5.5. The Penguins cover 55.9% of the time, having gone 19-15 SU. The Predators cover 48.6% of the time, going 17-18 straight up.
The Pittsburgh Penguins step onto the ice holding a record of 21 victories and 11 losses, ranking them 5th in the Metropolitan Division. During the season thus far, they have scored a total of 118 goals which ranks them 8th in the conference and 12th in the NHL. Their goal differential is +22, ranking them 4th in the NHL. The Penguins currently have a total of 46 points, which ranks them 7th in the NHL and 5th in the Eastern Conference. In discussing shots at the opposition, they currently have a total of 1,201 which ranks them 6th in the East and 11th in the NHL. As a group, Pittsburgh has earned a total of 995 hits which means they are averaging 27.6 per game. They currently have a total of 388 blocks for the season. The man between the pipes for Pittsburgh is Tristan Jarry from Surrey, British Columbia. He is 24 years old and has played a total of 902 minutes in net this year. Kinkaid is surrendering 1.86 goals per contest which puts him at 2nd in the East and 2nd in the NHL. Over the course of this year, he's surrendered 28 goals. He has a save percentage of .939 which puts him at 2nd in the East.
The Pittsburgh Penguins will look to clean up some issues after taking a 4 - 1 loss against the Vancouver Canucks the last time they stepped on the ice. The Penguins left a lot to be desired in terms of their offense in the loss. In this game, they finished 1 out of the 29 shots they put on goal. Additionally, they had 5 power play attempts and were able to score 1 goal out of those chances. Pittsburgh earned a total of 10 penalty minutes for this outing. The Corsi for the Penguins was 53 and the Corsi against was 23 which means they had a Corsi percentage of 69.7%. Their Fenwick was 32 while the Fenwick against sat at 17, which means they had a Fenwick percentage of 65.3%. They took 15 face-off wins at even strength and lost 24 tries to control the puck. Their offensive zone starts were rated at 77.3% and they had a PDO of 80.0 in this game. Concerning opponent stats, the Vancouver Canucks earned 14 shots. Their total at the end of the game was 10 minutes in the box and they had 5 power play opportunities.
The Predators will be on the other side of the ice and for the season they have 18 victories and 12 defeats. In the matter of goal differential, they are sitting 3rd in the West and 11th in the NHL with +11. They have a total of 125 goals for the year which has them sitting at 2nd in the conference. Nashville has a save % as a team of .891 which has them sitting 27th in the NHL, which means scoring chances could be plentiful if they are aggressive. They are shooting 10.3% which is good for 3rd in the conference. In net for Nashville is Pekka Rinne who is having a tough year by surrendering 2.93 goals against average and that places him 19th in the Western Conference and 39th in the NHL among goalies. In the 1,188 minutes he has played this season, he has given up 58 goals. He's earned a save % of .896, which places him at 26th in the Western Conference and 52nd in the NHL among goalies.
The Nashville Predators went up against the Arizona Coyotes in a game where the Predators notched a victory by a final score of 3 - 2. In their game, Nashville had a 56.8% Corsi rating. They ended up with that by earning a Corsi of 67 while the opposition earned a Corsi of 51. They had a Fenwick percentage of 59.1% by earning a Fenwick of 55 and the Coyotes having earned a 38 Fenwick. These Corsi statistics are telling of the type of game that Nashville had and we'd say they played an average game. They had a PDO at even strength of 100.2 and they finished this one with an oZS percentage of 60.0%. The Predators netted 3 goals of the 41 shots on goal they were seeking. They had 1 power play chance in this one but weren't able to finish one of them with a goal. As for the opposition, the Coyotes had 2 power play attempts but weren't able to put the puck in the net. Nashville gave up 28 shots on goal and the Coyotes racked up a total of 2 penalty mins.
Who will win tonight's hockey game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take Pittsburgh (+100)
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