Predators vs Devils Predictions, Picks, Betting Tips 1/30/2020
Game: Nashville Predators vs New Jersey Devils
Date: Thursday, January 30, 2020
Location: Prudential Center in Newark, NJ
Odds/Point Spread: Predators (-135) Devils (+122)
MacKenzie Blackwood and the New Jersey Devils (18-24-7, 8th in the Metropolitan Division) play the Nashville Predators (22-19-7, 7th in the Central Division) at Prudential Center on Thursday, January 30, 2020. The Predators open this contest at -135 while the Devils are priced at +122. The O/U is set at 6. The Predators cover 44.7% of the time, having gone 21-26 SU. The Devils cover 32.6% of the time, going 15-31 straight up.
The Nashville Predators head into this game holding a record of 22 victories and 19 defeats, which puts them at 7th in the Central Division. During the season thus far, they have converted a total of 157 goals which is good for 5th in the conference and 12th in the NHL. Their goal differential is +1, which puts them at 17th in the NHL. The Predators currently have a total of 51 points, which is good for 24th in the NHL and 12th in the conference. Regarding shots at the opposition, they currently have a total of 1,629 which is good for 3rd in the conference and 7th in the NHL. As a group, Nashville has collected a total of 809 hits which means they are averaging 16.9 per contest. They currently have a total of 569 blocks for this year. The man in goal for Nashville is Pekka Rinne from Kempele, Finland. He is 37 years old and has played a total of 1,669 mins in goal for the season. Rinne is giving up 2.98 goals against average which places him at 24th in the West and 44th in the NHL. Over the course of this year, he's surrendered 83 goals. His save % is .897 which places him at 28th in the West.
The Nashville Predators will look to clean up some issues after taking a 5 - 2 loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs in their previous contest. The Predators had a below average offensive outing in this defeat. While out there on the ice, they finished 2 out of the 36 shots they attempted. They also had 1 power play opportunity but weren't able to notch a goal in these power play chances. Nashville had 4 penalty mins for this game. The Corsi for the Predators sat at 64 and the Corsi against was 49 which means they earned a Corsi percentage of 56.6%. Their Fenwick sat at 51 and the Fenwick against was 39, meaning they had a Fenwick percentage of 56.7%. They took 20 face-off wins and lost 22 of all total face-offs. Their offensive zone starts were rated at 46.5% and they had a PDO of 89.0 for this game. When it comes to their opponent, the Toronto Maple Leafs tallied a total of 31 shots. They ended the game with 2 minutes in the box and they earned a total of 2 power play chances.
The Devils will be on the other side of the ice and for the season they have 18 victories and 24 defeats. Regarding goal differential, they are currently sitting 15th in the East and 30th in the league with -45. They have compiled a total of 127 goals for the season which puts them at 15th in the Eastern Conference. New Jersey has a team save percentage of .890 which currently has them sitting 30th in the league, which means there could be plenty of chances to score if they are aggressive. They have a team shooting percentage of 8.2% which is good for 15th in the conference. In goal for New Jersey is MacKenzie Blackwood who is having a bad campaign by surrendering 2.95 goals against average and that has him 20th in the East and 40th in the NHL among goaltenders. In the 2,014 minutes he has played this season, he has surrendered 99 goals. His save percentage is .906, which puts him at 19th in the East and 40th in the NHL among goaltenders.
The New Jersey Devils faced the Ottawa Senators in a matchup where the Devils earned a win by a mark of 4 - 3. For this outing, New Jersey wound up with a 46.5% Corsi rating. They wound up with that percentage by having a Corsi of 67 and the team opposite of them having a Corsi of 77. Their Fenwick rate came in at 53.8% with a Fenwick of 56 and the Senators earning a 48 Fenwick. These Corsi statistics are telling of the type of game that New Jersey played and it was a good performance overall. Their PDO at even strength was 104.9 and they'll go home having earned an oZS percentage of 59.5%. The Devils netted 4 goals out of the 53 shots on goal they took. They had 5 power play chances in this game and were able to net 1 out of those chances. Concerning the opposition, the Senators had 2 power play chances and went on to score 1 goal. New Jersey allowed 38 shots on goal and the Senators had 15 penalty mins.
Who will win tonight's hockey game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take Nashville (-135)
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