Ducks vs Predators Predictions, Picks, Tips 1/16/2020
Game: Anaheim Ducks vs Nashville Predators
Date: Thursday, January 16, 2020
Location: Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, TN
Odds/Point Spread: Ducks (+180) Predators (-201)
Pekka Rinne and the Nashville Predators (21-17-7, 5th in the Central Division) host the Anaheim Ducks (17-24-5, 8th in the Pacific Division) at Bridgestone Arena on Thursday, January 16, 2020. The Predators open this matchup at -201 while the Ducks are priced at +180. The over/under is set at 6. The Ducks cover 31.0% of the time, having gone 13-29 SU. Nashville is covering 45.5% of the time, going 20-24 straight up.
The Anaheim Ducks head into this matchup with a record of 17 wins and 24 losses, ranking them 8th in the Pacific Division. During the season thus far, they have scored a total of 112 goals which is 15th in the West and 30th in the league. Their goal differential is -34, ranking them 29th in the league. The Ducks have earned a total of 39 pts, which is 30th in the league and 15th in the conference. in respect to shots at the opposing goalie, they have earned a total of 1,370 which is 14th in the West and 27th in the league. As a group, Anaheim has compiled a total of 950 hits which has them averaging 20.7 per game. They have earned a total of 507 blocks for this year. The man in goal for Anaheim is John Gibson from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He is 26 years old and has played 2,088 mins defending the net for the season. Gibson is surrendering an average of 2.99 goals against average which has him placed 21st among West goalies and 40th in the NHL among goalies. Over the course of this season, he has given up 104 goals. His save % is .905 which has him placed 21st among West goalies.
The Anaheim Ducks had a rough game after their 4 - 1 loss against the St. Louis Blues their last time out. The Ducks left a lot to be desired in terms of their offense in the defeat. While out there on the ice, they earned a goal on 1 of the 21 shots they looked to score on. Additionally, they had 2 power play opportunities but didn't get a goal. Anaheim earned a total of 4 penalty minutes in this matchup. The Corsi for the Ducks was 24 and the Corsi against was 49 giving them a Corsi percentage of 32.9%. Their Fenwick was 18 while the Fenwick against was 39, which means they earned a rate of 31.6%. They won 19 face-off wins at even strength and lost 27 attempts to control the puck. Their offensive zone starts came in at 48.4% and they had a PDO of 96.8 in this game. With regard to the opposition's stats, the St. Louis Blues tallied 34 shots. They finished with a total of 6 penalty minutes and they had 1 power play opportunity.
The Predators will be looking to add points to their total and for the season they sit with 21 wins and 17 losses. Regarding goal differential, they currently sit 6th in the conference and 14th in the league with +5. They have compiled a total of 151 goals for this season which is 4th in the Western Conference. Nashville has a save % as a team of .891 which currently has them ranked 28th in the league, meaning scoring chances could be plentiful if they are aggressive. They have a team shooting percentage of 9.9% ranking them 6th in the West. In goal for Nashville is Pekka Rinne who is having a tough year by surrendering 3.02 goals per contest and that ranks him 24th in the Western Conference and 45th among goaltenders in the NHL. In the 1,549 mins he's played, he has allowed 78 goals. He's earned a save % of .896, which places him at 29th in the Western Conference and 57th among goaltenders in the NHL.
The Nashville Predators faced the Edmonton Oilers in a matchup where the Predators went home in defeat by a tally of 4 - 2. While out there on the ice, Nashville had a 48.5% Corsi rating. That percentage was had by having a Corsi of 50 and the team opposite of them having a Corsi of 53. Their Fenwick rate was 50.0% by earning a Fenwick of 38 and the Oilers finishing with a 38 Fenwick. This Corsi rating is telling of the kind of game that Nashville had and we're sure they will look for better performances in the future. They had a PDO of 99.7 and they earned an oZS percentage of 50.0%. The Predators netted 2 goals out of the 32 shots on goal they pursued. They had 3 power play chances in this one but were not able to net one. As for the opposition, the Oilers had 4 power play attempts and came through by scoring 2 goals. Nashville allowed 32 shots on goal and the Oilers earned 6 penalty mins.
Who will win tonight's hockey game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take Anaheim (+180)
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