Nashville Predators vs. Anaheim Ducks - 1/5/20 NHL Picks, Odds, and Prediction
Game: Nashville Predators vs Anaheim Ducks
Date: Sunday, January 5, 2020
Location: Honda Center in Anaheim, CA
Odds/Point Spread: Predators (+100) Ducks (-120)
John Gibson and the Anaheim Ducks (16-20-5, 8th in the Pacific Division) play the Nashville Predators (18-15-6, 6th in the Central Division) at Honda Center on Sunday, January 5, 2020. The Ducks open this game at -120 while the Predators are priced at +100. The total opens at 6. The Predators are covering 44.7% of the time, having gone 17-21 SU. Anaheim covers 34.2% of the time, going 13-25 straight up.
The Nashville Predators come into this matchup holding a record of 18 victories and 15 losses, which puts them at 6th in the Central Division. During the year thus far, they have scored a total of 133 goals which has them ranked at 4th in the West and 11th in the league. Their goal differential is +4, which puts them at 16th in the league. The Predators currently have a total of 42 points, which has them ranked at 24th in the league and 11th in the West. In terms of shots on goal, they currently have a total of 1,328 which has them ranked at 6th in the Western Conference and 13th in the league. As a group, Nashville has obtained a total of 641 hits which means they are averaging 16.4 per contest. They currently have a total of 458 blocks for this year. The man protecting the net for Nashville is Pekka Rinne from Kempele, Finland. He is 37 years old and has racked up 1,310 minutes defending the goal for the season. Rinne is conceding an average of 3.07 goals against average which places him at 24th among Western Conference goalies and 46th in the NHL among goaltenders. So far this year, he has given up 67 goals. His save percentage is .893 which places him at 29th among Western Conference goalies.
The Nashville Predators will be looking to get a win in their next outing after their 4 - 2 defeat to the Dallas Stars their last time out. The Predators had a below average offensive performance in this loss. For this game, they netted 2 out of the 33 shots they attempted. Furthermore, they had 4 power play attempts and netted 2 goals out of those attempts. Nashville racked up 8 penalty mins in this outing. The Corsi for the Predators sat at 54 and the Corsi against at even strength was 51 which means they earned a Corsi percentage of 51.4%. Their Fenwick was 38 while the Fenwick against sat at 41, telling us they have a Fenwick percentage of 48.1%. They took 25 face-off wins and lost 24 of the face-offs. Their starts in the offensive zone were rated at 51.7% and they had a PDO at even strength of 92.9 for this matchup. Regarding their opponent, the Dallas Stars earned 35 shots. They finished with 21 penalty mins and they tallied 3 power play opportunities.
The Ducks will be the team on the other side of the ice and for the year they have 16 victories and 20 defeats. When it comes to goal differential, they are ranked 14th in the Western Conference and 28th in the league with -25. They have earned a total of 102 goals for this year which has them at 15th in the Western Conference. Anaheim has a save percentage as a team of .903 which has them sitting 18th in the league, meaning there should be some chances to score. They have a team shooting percentage of 8.5% ranking them 14th in the West. In net for Anaheim is John Gibson who is having a rough season by giving up 2.92 goals against average and that places him 17th among Western Conference goalies and 33rd in the NHL among goalies. In the 1,846 mins he's been on the ice, he has given up 90 goals. He's earned a save % of .907, which has him sitting 18th among Western Conference goalies and 35th in the NHL among goalies.
The Anaheim Ducks faced the Arizona Coyotes in an outing where the Ducks took the loss by a final of 4 - 2. For this matchup, Anaheim had a 39.7% Corsi rating. That percentage was had by having a Corsi of 46 while the opposition earned a Corsi of 70. Their Fenwick percentage was 40.0% with a Fenwick of 36 and the Coyotes finishing with a 54 Fenwick. This Corsi percentage speaks to the kind of game that Anaheim played and the stats tell us that they didn't play well overall. They had a PDO at even strength of 94.8 and they had an oZS percentage of 42.3%. The Ducks netted 2 goals out of the 28 shots on goal they tried. They had 1 power play opportunity in this game but didn't put one in the back of the net. In discussing their opponent, the Coyotes had 3 power play opportunities but were not able to notch a goal. Anaheim gave way to 34 shots on goal and the Coyotes ended up with 2 penalty minutes.
Who will win tonight's NHL game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take Nashville (+100)
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