Nashville Predators vs Carolina Hurricanes Prediction, 3/11/2021 NHL Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Nashville Predators vs Carolina Hurricanes
Date: Thursday, March 11, 2021
Location: PNC Arena in Raleigh, NC
TV: Fox Sports Tennessee
Odds/Point Spread: Predators (+173) Hurricanes (-193)
Pekka Rinne and the Nashville Predators (11-14-1) travel to PNC Arena on Thursday where they'll meet the Carolina Hurricanes (18-6-1). The Hurricanes open this matchup at -193 while the Predators are coming in at +173. The O/U has been set at 5.5.
The Predators were on the wrong end of the scoreboard with a 3-2 defeat against the Hurricanes in their previous game. The Predators didn't have a great showing offensively in this loss. For the game, they netted 2 out of the 23 shots they attempted. They also had 5 power play attempts but weren't able to make the most of them. Nashville accounted for 10 penalty mins in this matchup. The Corsi for the Predators was 45 and the Corsi against was at 50 which means they had a Corsi percentage of 47.4%. Their Fenwick came in at 32 and the Fenwick against finished at 33, giving them a Fenwick rate of 49.2%. They accrued 25 face-off wins when at even strength and were beaten on 35 opportunities to win the puck. Their starts in the offensive zone came in at 40.9% and they had a PDO at even strength of 107.9 for this game.
Nashville Predators opponents have amassed 90 power play opportunities (5th in professional hockey) and have racked up 27 goals in those attempts. The Predators have had 783 shots taken against them and hold a save percentage of .891. Nashville has taken 816 shots and holds a shot percentage of 7.5%. While playing at even strength, the Predators have allowed the opponent to score 58 goals while earning 44 on offense. Nashville comes into tonight with 89 power play chances and they have scored 17 goals out of those attempts, giving them a rate of 19.10%. For the season, they have racked up 23 points and their points percentage is .442. In reference to their scoring capabilities, the Nashville Predators have racked up 61 goals (27th in the league) so far this season and have surrendered 85.
The man in goal for this game is Pekka Rinne. Over the course of his pro career, Rinne has accumulated 377 quality starts and his quality starts rate sits at .572. He has a save percentage of .917 for his 39,007 minutes guarding the cage. Rinne has had 19,014 shot attempts taken against him and he has 17,434 saves. Opponents have notched 1,580 goals against Rinne in his pro hockey career and his goals against average is 2.43. He has an overall mark of 365-210-75 and he has started in 659 games. Rinne has been in goal for 676 games over the course of his hockey career.
In their win over Nashville, Carolina had 6 power play chances in this outing and notched 2 out of those opportunities. The Hurricanes had 3 goals out of the 35 shots on goal they were seeking. They had a PDO at even strength of 92 and they finished the game with an oZS percentage of 59.1%. Carolina went home with a 52.6% Corsi rate. These Corsi stats tell us the story of the kind of game Carolina had and you can say they had a mediocre outing. They earned a Fenwick percentage of 50.8% by tallying a Fenwick of 33 and the Predators having accrued a 32 Fenwick at even strength.
The Hurricanes have accumulated 59 goals at even strength and 25 goals (2nd in the league) while having more men on the ice. Carolina has put up 790 shots (9th in hockey) and has a shot percentage of 10.63%, while allowing the opposition 726 shots. So far this year, the Carolina Hurricanes have earned a total of 84 goals, 37 points, and a points percentage of .740. They have recorded 84 opportunities on the power play and they have earned a power play percentage of 29.76%. They have a penalty kill rate of 82.22% on their opponents 90 opportunities on the power play, and their save percentage currently sits at 90.9%. They have granted a total of 66 goals to be scored by of a combination of 50 goals at even strength and 16 goals while they had less men on the ice.
Across the ice you are likely to see James Reimer defending the goal. The opposition is averaging 2.80 goals/game and he has surrendered 953 goals in total. Reimer's rate of quality starts sits at 50.7% and he has qualified for 174 quality starting assignments in his career. He has started in 343 games and has been on the ice for 20,423 mins. Reimer has compiled a lifetime record of 169-129-41 and has participated in 377 games. He is sitting with 10,021 saves out of 10,974 shots attempted, which gives him a save percentage of .913.
Who will win tonight's NHL game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take Nashville (+173)
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