Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Nashville Predators - 12/3/19 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Game: Tampa Bay Lightning vs Nashville Predators
Date: Tuesday, December 3, 2019
Location: Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, TN
Odds/Point Spread: Lightning (+102) Predators (-113)
Pekka Rinne and the Nashville Predators (12-10-4, 5th in the Central Division) play the Tampa Bay Lightning (12-9-3, 6th in the Atlantic Division) at Bridgestone Arena on Tuesday, December 3, 2019. The Lightning open this matchup at +102 while the Predators are coming in at -113. The over/under has been set at 6.5. The Lightning are covering 47.8% of the time, having gone 11-12 SU. The Predators are covering 44.0% of the time, going 11-14 straight up.
The Tampa Bay Lightning step onto the ice holding a record of 12 victories and 9 defeats, which is good for 6th in the Atlantic Division. During the year thus far, they have converted a total of 87 goals which is 6th in the East and 9th in the NHL. Their goal differential is +8, which is good for 10th in the NHL. The Lightning currently have a total of 27 pts, which is 24th in the NHL and 12th in the East. in respect to shots at the opposing goalie, they currently have a total of 767 which is 13th in the conference and 28th in the NHL. As a team, Tampa Bay has collected a total of 458 hits which has them averaging 19.1 per contest. They currently have a total of 232 blocks for this year. The man protecting the net for Tampa Bay is Andrei Vasilevskiy from London, Ontario. He is 25 years old and has totaled 1,015 minutes minding the goal for the season. Vasilevskiy is allowing an average of 2.96 goals per game which places him at 14th among Eastern Conference goalies and 32nd in the NHL among goaltenders. Over the course of this season, he has surrendered 50 goals. He's earned a save percentage of .906 which places him at 14th among Eastern Conference goalies.
The Tampa Bay Lightning will look for better times on the ice after their 3 - 2 defeat against the Carolina Hurricanes in their last contest. The Lightning offense left a lot to be desired in the defeat. While out there on the ice, they earned a goal on 2 out of the 38 shots they tried. Moreover, they had 6 power play chances and scored 1 goal out of those chances. Tampa Bay earned 18 penalty minutes in this outing. The Corsi for the Lightning was 50 and the Corsi against was 29 which gave them a Corsi percentage of 63.3%. Their Fenwick was 36 while the Fenwick against was 21, telling us they have a Fenwick percentage of 63.2%. They earned 21 face-off wins and lost 19 of all total face-offs. The offensive zone starts for them were rated at 63.9% and they had a PDO of 93.2 for this matchup. When it comes to their opponent, the Carolina Hurricanes put up 24 shots. Their total at the end of the game was 12 penalty minutes and they had 4 power play attempts.
The Predators will be on the other side of the ice and for the season they have 12 victories and 10 losses. In connection with goal differential, they are currently sitting 7th in the conference and 14th in the NHL with +3. They have earned a total of 86 goals for the season which has them at 4th in the West. Nashville has a team save % of .889 which currently has them sitting 27th in the NHL, which tells us scoring chances could be plentiful if they are aggressive. They are shooting 9.8% which puts them at 6th in the conference. In goal for Nashville is Pekka Rinne who is having a marginal year by giving up 2.84 goals against average and that ranks him 15th among West goalies and 26th in the NHL. In the 824 mins he's played, he has surrendered 39 goals. His save % is .898, which has him ranked 19th among West goalies and 39th in the NHL.
The Nashville Predators squared up with the Florida Panthers in an outing where the Predators were on the wrong end of the score by a final score of 3 - 0. For this game, Nashville wound up with a 46.3% Corsi rating. They got there by having a Corsi of 37 while their opponent earned a Corsi of 43. They had a Fenwick percentage of 43.9% by notching a Fenwick of 25 and the Panthers having a 32 Fenwick. This Corsi rating tells us the kind of game Nashville played and we're sure they will look for better performances in the future. Their PDO was 85.7 and they finished this one with an oZS percentage of 69.1%. The Predators scored 0 goals out of the 27 shots on goal they took. They had 4 power play chances in this outing but weren't able to score a goal. Regarding the opposition, the Panthers had 4 power play opportunities but weren't able to take advantage of it. Nashville allowed 28 shots on goal and the Panthers earned 8 penalty mins.
Who will win tonight's NHL game ATS?
Josh's Pick: Take Nashville (-113)
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