Carolina Hurricanes vs Nashville Predators Predictions, Free NHL Pick 2/18/2020
Game: Carolina Hurricanes vs Nashville Predators
Date: Tuesday, February 18, 2020
Location: Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, TN
TV: No TV
Odds/Point Spread: Hurricanes (+109) Predators (-120)
Pekka Rinne and the Nashville Predators (29-22-7, 4th in the Central Division) host the Carolina Hurricanes (33-21-4, 6th in the Metropolitan Division) at Bridgestone Arena on Tuesday, February 18, 2020. The Hurricanes open this contest at +109 while the Predators are priced at -120. The total is set at 6. The Hurricanes are covering 52.8% of the time, having gone 28-25 SU. Nashville is covering 48.2% of the time, going 27-29 straight up.
The Carolina Hurricanes head into this game holding a record of 33 victories and 21 defeats, which is good for 6th in the Metropolitan Division. Thus far in the season, they have converted a total of 184 goals which ranks them 9th in the East and 15th in the NHL. Their goal differential is +21, which is good for 6th in the NHL. The Hurricanes currently have a total of 70 points, which ranks them 12th in the NHL and 9th in the conference. Regarding shots toward the net, they currently have a total of 1,908 which ranks them 5th in the East and 9th in the NHL. As a team, Carolina has earned a total of 931 hits which means they are averaging 16.1 per contest. They currently have a total of 549 blocks for the season. The man between the pipes for Carolina is Petr Mrazek from Lugnvik, Sweden. He is 27 years old and has played a total of 2,117 minutes defending the net for the year. Mrazek is surrendering 2.72 GAA which ranks him 13th among Eastern Conference goalies and 23rd among goalies in the NHL. Over the course of this season, he has allowed 96 goals. He holds a save % of .903 which ranks him 24th among Eastern Conference goalies.
The Carolina Hurricanes were on the wrong end of the scoreboard with a 4 - 3 loss to the Edmonton Oilers in their last game. The Hurricanes played like an average offensive team in the loss. In this game, they netted 3 of the 31 shots they put on goal. They also had 3 power play chances but weren't able to score. Carolina ended up with a total of 8 penalty mins in this game. The Corsi for the Hurricanes sat at 44 and the Corsi against was 41 which gave them a Corsi percentage of 51.8%. Their Fenwick was 35 while the Fenwick against sat at 28, which tells us they had a rate of 55.6%. They took 28 face-off wins at even strength and were beaten on 16 attempts to control the puck. Their starts in the offensive zone came in at 48.3% and they had a PDO at even strength of 98.0 for this matchup. In discussing stats from the opponent, the Edmonton Oilers earned a total of 24 shots. They had 8 penalty minutes and they notched 3 power play attempts.
The Predators will be looking to get a victory in this matchup and for the season they sit with 29 victories and 22 defeats. Regarding goal differential, they currently sit 7th in the West and 18th in the NHL with +3. They have a total of 187 goals for the season which has them at 4th in the conference. Nashville has a team save percentage of .896 which has them sitting 27th in the NHL, meaning there could be plenty of chances to score if they attack the goal. They have a team shooting percentage of 9.8% which is good for 6th in the Western Conference. In goal for Nashville is Pekka Rinne who is having a rough season by surrendering 3.04 goals per game and that has him ranked 27th among West goalies and 50th in the NHL. In the 1,874 minutes he has played this year, he's given up 95 goals. His save percentage is .898, which has him placed 28th among West goalies and 54th in the NHL.
The Nashville Predators faced the St. Louis Blues in a game where the Predators got the victory by a score of 2 - 1. In this outing, Nashville went home with a 38.8% Corsi rating. They got there by having a Corsi of 40 while the opposition had a Corsi of 63. They earned a Fenwick percentage of 40.0% by notching a Fenwick of 32 and the Blues earning a 48 Fenwick. These Corsi stats speak to the kind of game that Nashville had and it tells us that they didn't have their best game. Their PDO at even strength was 106.7 and they'll go home having earned an oZS percentage of 20.0%. The Predators scored 2 goals of the 24 shots on goal they tried. They had 2 power play chances in this one but weren't able to put one in the back of the net. Regarding the opposition, the Blues had 2 power play opportunities but were not able to take advantage. Nashville gave way to 39 shots on goal and the Blues earned 6 penalty minutes.
Who will win tonight's NHL game ATS?
Guy's Pick: Take Nashville (-120)
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