Boston Bruins vs Nashville Predators Prediction, 12/2/2021 NHL Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Boston Bruins vs Nashville Predators
Date: Thursday, December 2, 2021
Location: Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, TN
TV: Bally Sports South
Odds/Point Spread: Bruins (-114) Predators (-106)
Bridgestone Arena is the site where Juuse Saros and the Nashville Predators (12-9-1) will play the Boston Bruins (11-8-0) on Thursday. The Bruins open this contest at -114 while the Predators are coming in at -106. The total is set at 5.5.
The Bruins will look for better times on the ice after their 2-1 defeat against the Red Wings in their last game. The Corsi for the Bruins was 53 and the Corsi against when the final whistle blew was 29 meaning they had a Corsi percentage of 64.6%. When starting in the offensive zone they were rated at 61.8% and they had a PDO of 85.7 in this one. Boston earned 8 penalty minutes in this contest. The Bruins didn't have their best offensive outing in this defeat. Their Fenwick came in at 42 and the Fenwick against finished at 22, giving them a Fenwick rate of 65.6%. They had a tally of 25 face-off victories when at even strength and were beaten on 28 attempts to win the puck. In addition, they had 3 power play opportunities and scored 1 goal. In the outing, they scored on 1 out of the 42 shots they launched.
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When talking about their scoring, the Boston Bruins have racked up 56 goals (25th in hockey) for the year and have allowed 53. For the current campaign, they have recorded 22 points and their points percentage comes in at .579. Boston skates onto the rink with 58 power play opportunities and they have scored 15 goals out of those tries, giving them a percentage of 25.86%. When playing at even strength, the Bruins have allowed the opponent to score 44 goals while scoring 41 on offense. Boston has tried 699 shots and holds a shot percentage of 8.0%. The Bruins have had 538 shots taken against them and hold a save percentage of .901. Boston Bruins opponents have earned 56 power play tries (27th in pro hockey) and have scored 9 goals in those chances.
The man protecting the net in this game is Linus Ullmark. From the beginning of his pro career to now, Ullmark has accumulated 67 quality starts and his percentage for quality starts is .554. He has a save percentage of .912 for his 7,213 minutes guarding the cage. Ullmark has seen 3,798 shots taken against him and has amassed 3,465 saves. Opponents have racked up 333 goals versus Ullmark in his professional career and his average for goals against per game is 2.77. He has a mark of 55-51-13 and he has gotten the start in 121 games. Ullmark has participated in 126 contests throughout his hockey career.
In their last game, Nashville played the Blue Jackets in a matchup where the Predators earned a win by a final of 6-0. They had 4 opportunities on the power play in this matchup and earned 1 goal out of those attempts. The Predators tallied 6 goals of the 37 shots on goal they tried. Their PDO was 119 and their percentage of oZS was 60.5%. Nashville earned a 53.3% Corsi rating. These Corsi statistics are telling of the type of game that Nashville played and they showed out in this one. Their Fenwick percentage came in at 52.2% by accumulating a Fenwick of 35 and the Blue Jackets finishing with a 32 Fenwick.
On the season, the Nashville Predators have earned a total of 63 goals, 25 points, as well as a points percentage of .568. They have permitted 63 goals to be scored by of a combination of 48 goals at even strength and 15 goals while they were shorthanded. The Predators have earned 47 goals at even strength and 16 goals (4th in hockey) while having more men on the ice. They have a tally of 64 chances on the power play and they have accumulated a power play percentage of 25.00%. Nashville has taken 634 shots (20th in the league) and has accumulated a shot percentage of 9.94%, while allowing their opponents 675 shots. They have recorded a penalty kill percentage of 78.57% on their oppositions 70 tries on the power play, and their save percentage currently comes in at 90.7%.
On the other side of the ice you are likely to see Juuse Saros in net. His opponents are averaging 2.48 goals per game and he has relinquished 402 goals overall. Saros' quality start rate is 62.4% and he has earned 98 quality starting assignments in his pro career. He was named a starter in 157 games and has racked up 9,725 minutes. Saros has compiled a career record of 86-54-18 and has been in goal for 173 contests. He has gathered 4,654 saves out of the 5,056 shots attempted, giving him a rate of .920.
Who will win tonight's NHL game ATS?
Guy's Pick: Take Nashville (-106)
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