Carolina Hurricanes vs Nashville Predators Prediction, 5/8/2021 NHL Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Carolina Hurricanes vs Nashville Predators
Date: Saturday, May 8, 2021
Location: Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, TN
TV: Bally Sports South
Odds/Point Spread: Hurricanes (-150) Predators (+130)
Bridgestone Arena is the site where Juuse Saros and the Nashville Predators (29-23-2) will take on the Carolina Hurricanes (36-10-8) on Saturday. The moneyline on this contest has the Hurricanes priced at -150 and the Predators are at +130. The total is set at 5.5.
The Hurricanes will look for better times on the ice after their 2-1 defeat to the Blackhawks in their previous game. The Corsi for the Hurricanes was 66 and the Corsi against was 51 meaning they had a Corsi percentage of 56.4%. Their starts in the offensive zone were at 60.0% and they had a PDO of 92.3 for this matchup. Carolina accrued 2 penalty mins in this matchup. The Hurricanes had an offensive game that was below their expectations in this defeat. Their Fenwick was 50 and the Fenwick against finished at 38, giving them a Fenwick rate of 56.8%. They amassed 33 face-off wins at even strength and lost on 23 opportunities to win the puck. Additionally, they had 1 chance with extra men on the ice but weren't able to score a goal. In the outing, they tallied a score on 1 of the 37 shots they launched.
The Hurricanes have had 1,524 shots taken against them and hold a save percentage of .917. When playing at even strength, the Hurricanes have allowed the opponent to score 101 goals while earning 132 on offense. Carolina Hurricanes opponents have amassed 169 power play opportunities (4th in the league) and have earned 25 goals in those attempts. For the season, they have scored 80 points and their points percentage is sitting at .741. Carolina has tried 1,742 shots and has a shot percentage of 10.0%. When talking about their scoring capabilities, the Carolina Hurricanes have notched 174 goals (8th in the NHL) on the season and have surrendered 126. Carolina skates onto the rink with 159 power play chances and they have scored 42 goals out of those attempts, garnering them a rate of 26.42%.
Protecting the goal for this matchup will be Petr Mrazek. Opponents have tallied 663 goals against Mrazek in his career and his goals against average per game is 2.59. Mrazek has participated in 274 matchups during his NHL career. He has a save percentage of .911 during his 15,388 minutes guarding the cage. He has amassed a win-loss record of 128-95-31 and he started in 249 games. In his professional hockey career, Mrazek has accounted for 130 quality starts and his quality starts rate sits at .522. Mrazek has seen 7,453 shots against him and has garnered 6,790 saves.
In their last contest, Nashville faced the Blue Jackets in an outing where the Predators ended up taking the loss by a score of 4-2. They had a PDO of 93 and they finished this one with an oZS percentage of 67.7%. They had 1 power play attempt in this contest but didn't put one in the back of the net. They had a Fenwick percentage of 58.1% by way of having a Fenwick of 43 and the Blue Jackets having earned a 31 Fenwick at even strength. The Predators recorded 2 goals out of the 32 shots on goal they attempted. Nashville wound up with a 58.6% Corsi rate. This Corsi rating tells us the kind of game Nashville had and it could be said that this team has had better games.
During this campaign, the Nashville Predators have accumulated 143 goals, 60 points, in addition to a points percentage of .556. They have allowed 153 goals to be scored by way of 111 goals at even strength and 42 goals while they were shorthanded. The Predators are sitting with 116 goals at even strength and 27 goals (23rd in professional hockey) while having a power play advantage. They have recorded 152 power play chances and they have a power play rate of 17.76%. Nashville has taken 1,622 shots (9th in hockey) and has a shot percentage of 8.82%, while allowing their opponents 1,701 shots. They have earned a penalty kill rate of 74.70% on the other teams 166 chances on the power play, and their save percentage currently comes in at 91.0%.
On the other side of the ice you will find Juuse Saros in net. The opposition is averaging 2.51 goals per contest and he has allowed 360 goals in total. Saros' percentage of quality starts is 60.1% and he has qualified for 83 quality starts in his pro hockey career. He got the starting nod in 138 games and has been on the ice for 8,620 mins. Saros holds a career record of 75-47-17 and has been in net for 154 games. He has racked up 4,150 saves out of the 4,510 shots attempted against him, which gives him a save percentage of .920.
Who will win tonight's NHL game ATS?
Josh's Pick: Take Carolina (-150)
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