Carolina Hurricanes vs Nashville Predators Prediction, 5/21/2021 NHL Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Carolina Hurricanes vs Nashville Predators
Date: Friday, May 21, 2021
Location: Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, TN
Odds/Point Spread: Hurricanes (-167) Predators (+135)
Juuse Saros and the Nashville Predators (31-23-2) host the Carolina Hurricanes (36-12-8) at Bridgestone Arena on Friday in Game 3 of their series. Carolina leads 2-0. The moneyline on this contest has the Hurricanes priced at -167 and the Predators are at +135. The total is set at 5.
The Hurricanes were on the winning side of the scoreboard with a 3-0 win over the Predators in Game 2. Their offensive zone starts sat at 43.4% and they had a PDO of 109.1 for this one. They tallied 21 face-off victories at even strength and were beaten on 20 attempts to take control of the puck. Their Fenwick came in at 32 and the Fenwick against was 31, giving them a Fenwick percentage of 50.8%. The Corsi for the Hurricanes was 40 and the Corsi against when the final whistle blew was 42 which means they had a Corsi percentage of 48.8%. Carolina tallied 10 penalty mins in this matchup. Additionally, they had 3 power play opportunities and were able to net 1 goal. The Hurricanes had an average offensive output in the win. In the outing, they scored on 3 out of the 31 shots they tried.
In reference to scoring goals, the Carolina Hurricanes have accounted for 175 goals (11th in the NHL) on the season and have given up 134. For the year, they have scored 80 points and their points percentage sits at .714. Carolina has accumulated 164 power play opportunities and they have notched 42 goals out of those tries, giving them a percentage of 25.61%. While at even strength, the Hurricanes have surrendered 108 goals while earning 133 of their own. Carolina has attempted 1,794 shots and holds a shooting percentage of 9.8%. The Hurricanes have had 1,581 shots tried against them and have earned a save percentage of .915. Carolina Hurricanes opponents have totaled 176 power play tries (6th in hockey) and have notched 26 goals in those chances.
The player protecting the goal in this game is Petr Mrazek. Mrazek has played in 275 games throughout his hockey career. He has compiled a record of 128-96-31 and he started in 250 games. The opposition has scored 668 goals against Mrazek in his pro career and his goals against average per game is 2.59. Mrazek has had 7,480 shots taken against him and has recorded 6,812 total saves. He has a save percentage of .911 in his 15,448 minutes played. Over the course of his time in hockey, Mrazek has accrued 130 quality starts and his quality starts percentage is .520.
In Game 2 Nashville had 7 power play opportunities but didn't put one in the back of the net. The Predators scored 0 goals out of the 32 shots on goal they attempted. Their PDO was 91 and they earned an oZS percentage of 56.6%. Nashville wound up with a 51.2% Corsi rate. This Corsi rating is telling of the kind of game that Nashville had and it tells us that they didn't have their best game. Their Fenwick percentage came in at 49.2% with a Fenwick of 31 and the Hurricanes earning a 32 Fenwick.
During this campaign, the Nashville Predators have accumulated 151 goals, 64 points, as well as a points percentage of .571. They have permitted 154 goals to be scored by of a combination of 112 goals at even strength and 42 goals while they had less men on the ice. The Predators have 123 goals at even strength and 28 goals (23rd in the NHL) while having more men on the ice. They have recorded 159 power play opportunities and they have accumulated a power play rate of 17.61%. Nashville has put up 1,679 shots (14th in the league) and has earned a shooting percentage of 8.99%, while allowing their opponents 1,753 shots. They have earned a penalty kill rate of 75.44% on their oppositions 171 power play opportunities, and their save percentage sits at 91.2%.
On the other side of the ice you are likely to see Juuse Saros protecting the goal. Saros has compiled a career record of 76-47-17 and has played in 155 games. Saros' percentage of quality starts is 60.4% and he has 84 quality starts in his pro career. He has a tally of 4,171 saves out of 4,532 shots attempted against him, giving him a percentage of .920. His opposition is averaging 2.50 goals per contest and he has surrendered 361 goals overall. He has started in 139 games and his ice time sits at 8,680 mins.
Who will win tonight's NHL game ATS?
Guy's Pick: Take Nashville (+135)
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