Boston Bruins vs. Nashville Predators - 1/7/20 NHL Picks, Odds, and Prediction
Game: Boston Bruins vs Nashville Predators
Date: Tuesday, January 7, 2020
Location: Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, TN
Odds/Point Spread: Bruins (-115) Predators (-105)
Pekka Rinne and the Nashville Predators (19-15-7, 6th in the Central Division) host the Boston Bruins (24-8-11, 1st in the Atlantic Division) at Bridgestone Arena on Tuesday, January 7, 2020. The Bruins open this contest at -115 while the Predators are coming in at -105. The O/U opens at 6. The Bruins cover 55.8% of the time, having gone 24-19 SU. The Predators cover 45.0% of the time, going 18-22 straight up.
The Boston Bruins head into this game holding a record of 24 wins and 8 losses, which puts them at 1st in the Atlantic Division. During the season thus far, they have earned a total of 140 goals which is good for 5th in the Eastern Conference and 8th in the NHL. Their goal differential is +35, which puts them at 1st in the NHL. The Bruins currently have a total of 59 points, which is good for 2nd in the NHL and 2nd in the East. Regarding shots at the opposition, they currently have a total of 1,335 which is good for 9th in the East and 15th in the NHL. As a team, Boston has collected a total of 970 hits which means they are averaging 22.6 per game. They currently have a total of 463 blocks for this year. The goalie for Boston is Tuukka Rask from Caledonia, Ontario. He is 32 years old and has racked up 1,515 mins minding the goal for the year. Kinkaid is giving up 2.30 goals per game which ranks him 4th in the Eastern Conference and 6th in the NHL among goalies. Over the course of this year, he has given up 58 goals. He's earned a save percentage of .923 which ranks him 4th in the Eastern Conference.
The Boston Bruins will be looking to get a win in their next outing after their 4 - 1 loss to the Edmonton Oilers in their last contest. The Bruins had a rough night on the offensive side of the ice in the defeat. In their game, they converted 1 of the 36 shots they put on net. Moreover, they had 3 power play chances and were able to notch 1 goal out of those tries. Boston ended up with 4 penalty minutes for this game. The Corsi for the Bruins was 54 and the Corsi against was 47 meaning they had a Corsi percentage of 53.5%. Their Fenwick was 42 while the Fenwick against was 35, which means they earned a Fenwick percentage of 54.5%. They won 21 face-off wins at even strength and lost 25 tries to control the puck. Their starts in the offensive zone came in at 59.3% and they had a PDO of 83.3 in this game. In discussing stats from the opponent, the Edmonton Oilers racked up a total of 26 shots. They finished with 6 penalty minutes and they tallied 2 power play opportunities.
The Predators are the team on the other side of the ice and for the campaign they sit with 19 victories and 15 defeats. in respect to goal differential, they are ranked 7th in the conference and 15th in the NHL with +7. They have compiled a total of 141 goals for the season which ranks 2nd in the conference. Nashville has a team save % of .889 which has them 29th in the NHL, which means scoring chances could be plentiful if they attack the goal. They are shooting 10.1% which puts them at 5th in the conference. In goal for Nashville is Pekka Rinne who is having a tough campaign by allowing 2.98 goals against average and that ranks him 21st in the West and 38th in the NHL among goaltenders. In the 1,370 mins he's been on the ice this year, he's allowed 68 goals. He has a save percentage of .896, which places him at 27th in the West and 54th in the NHL among goaltenders.
The Nashville Predators squared up with the Anaheim Ducks in a matchup where the Predators took the defeat by a mark of 5 - 4. For this matchup, Nashville had a 44.9% Corsi rating. They got to that percentage by earning a Corsi of 48 while the opposition earned a Corsi of 59. Their Fenwick rate came in at 41.9% with a Fenwick of 36 and the Ducks finishing with a 50 Fenwick at even strength. These Corsi stats tell us the story of the kind of game Nashville played and they looked good in this game. Their PDO was 107.1 and they finished the game with an oZS percentage of 41.6%. The Predators scored 4 goals of the 26 shots on goal they took. They had 2 power play chances in this one and were able to notch 1 out of those tries. As for the opposition, the Ducks had 5 power play opportunities and took advantage of the situation by scoring 2 goals. Nashville allowed 47 shots on goal and the Ducks had 11 penalty minutes.
Who will win tonight's hockey game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take Boston (-115)
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