Montreal Canadiens vs Nashville Predators Prediction, 12/4/2021 NHL Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Montreal Canadiens vs Nashville Predators
Date: Saturday, December 4, 2021
Location: Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, TN
TV: Bally Sports South
Odds/Point Spread: Canadiens (+138) Predators (-167)
Juuse Saros and the Nashville Predators (12-10-1) play the Montreal Canadiens (6-17-2) at Bridgestone Arena on Saturday. The Predators open this contest at -167 while the Canadiens are priced at +138. The total is set at 5.5.
The Canadiens were on the wrong end of the scoreboard with a 4-1 loss to the Avalanche in their previous game. Their starts in the offensive zone were rated at 43.1% and their PDO was 87.0 for this matchup. They accounted for 29 face-off victories at even strength and were beaten on 20 opportunities to gain puck control. Their Fenwick came in at 24 and the Fenwick against was 36, giving them a Fenwick rate of 40.0%. The Corsi for the Canadiens was sitting at 34 and the Corsi against was 52 meaning they had a Corsi percentage of 39.5%. Montreal garnered 12 mins in the box in this outing. Moreover, they had 5 chances with the advantage and scored 1 goal. The Canadiens had a rough night on the offensive side of the ice in this loss. In the game, they were able to notch a goal on 1 of the 20 shots they looked to score on.
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Pertaining to scoring goals, the Montreal Canadiens have racked up 56 goals (27th in hockey) for the season and have given up 89. For the current campaign, they have recorded 14 points and their points percentage comes in at .280. Montreal is sitting with 77 power play opportunities and they have notched 10 goals out of those attempts, earning them a rate of 12.99%. At even strength, the Canadiens have surrendered 66 goals while notching 46 on offense. Montreal has tried 743 shots and is the owner of a shooting percentage of 7.5%. The Canadiens have had 832 shots attempted against them and hold a save percentage of .893. Montreal Canadiens opponents have totaled 75 power play tries (5th in pro hockey) and have scored 23 goals in those attempts.
Patrolling the crease for the game will be Jake Allen. Opponents have racked up 798 goals against Allen in his professional hockey career and his average for goals against per game is 2.54. Allen has taken the ice for 336 contests during his NHL career. His save percentage is .912 for his 18,822 mins guarding the cage. He has earned a mark of 164-117-32 and was named the starter in 316 games. In his career, Allen has accrued 169 quality starts and his quality starts percentage is at .535. Allen has seen 9,034 shots taken against him and he has 8,236 saves.
In their last contest, Nashville squared up with the Bruins in a matchup where the Predators went home in defeat by a mark of 2-0. Nashville wound up with a 61.1% Corsi rate. These Corsi statistics are telling of the type of game that Nashville played and you might say they will look have a bounce back performance in their next game. Their Fenwick rate was 56.5% by way of having a Fenwick of 48 and the Bruins finishing with a 37 Fenwick. They had a PDO at even strength of 96 and they earned an oZS percentage of 64.1%. The Predators recorded 0 goals of the 42 shots on goal they were seeking. They had 1 opportunity on the power play in this outing but weren't able to score a goal.
The Predators have accumulated 47 goals at even strength and 16 goals (6th in the league) while having more men on the ice. Nashville has attempted 676 shots (18th in professional hockey) and has a shot percentage of 9.32%, while allowing their opponents 708 shots. For the season, the Nashville Predators have accumulated 63 goals, 25 points, in addition to a points percentage of .543. They have earned 65 power play opportunities and they have accumulated a power play percentage of 24.62%. They have earned a penalty kill percentage of 78.38% on their opponents 74 power play opportunities, and their save percentage currently comes in at 90.8%. They have allowed 65 goals to be scored by of a combination of 49 goals at even strength and 16 goals while they had less men on the ice.
Across the ice you are likely to see Juuse Saros between the pipes. He has compiled 4,685 saves out of 5,089 shots tried, giving him a percentage of .921. Saros is the owner of a career mark of 86-55-18 and has been in net for 174 games. He got the starting nod in 158 games and his ice time sits at 9,782 mins. Saros' percentage of quality starts comes out to 62.7% and he has 99 quality starting assignments in his professional career. Opponents are averaging 2.48 goals/game and he has surrendered 404 goals altogether.
Who will win tonight's hockey game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take Montreal (+138)
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