Nashville Predators vs Carolina Hurricanes Prediction, 5/17/2021 NHL Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Nashville Predators vs Carolina Hurricanes
Date: Monday, May 17, 2021
Location: PNC Arena in Raleigh, NC
Odds/Point Spread: Predators (+160) Hurricanes (-185)
Juuse Saros and the Nashville Predators (29-23-2) head to PNC Arena on Monday where they'll meet the Carolina Hurricanes (36-10-8). The odds on this game have the Predators coming in at +160 and the Hurricanes are at -185. The O/U has been set at 5.
The Predators had a good night with a 5-0 victory against the Hurricanes their last time out. The offensive zone starts for them came in at 47.6% and they had a PDO of 110.5 for this one. They recorded 20 face-off wins at even strength and lost on 17 opportunities to win the face-off. Their Fenwick was 32 and the Fenwick against finished at 28, meaning they had a Fenwick percentage of 53.3%. The Corsi for the Predators was 35 and the Corsi against at the end of this game was 36 meaning they had a Corsi rate of 49.3%. Nashville accumulated 17 minutes in the box in this outing. They also had 4 opportunities with more players on the ice and were able to notch 1 goal. The Predators had a impressive offensive output in the win. While out there on the ice, they tallied a score on 5 out of the 27 shots they attempted.
When talking about their scoring capabilities, the Nashville Predators have tallied 151 goals (21st in the National Hockey League) for the season and have allowed 154. For the season, they have recorded 60 points and their points % is .556. Nashville has accumulated 152 power play opportunities and they have notched 27 goals during those advantages, giving them a rate of 17.76%. At even strength, the Predators have allowed the opponent to score 112 goals while notching 124 when they are on offense. Nashville has tried 1,679 shots and has a shooting percentage of 9.0%. The Predators have had 1,753 shots taken against them and are the owners of a save percentage of .912. Nashville Predators opponents have amassed 166 power play opportunities (6th in pro hockey) and have racked up 42 goals in those chances.
The player protecting the goal in this game is Juuse Saros. Saros has played in 155 contests over the course of his hockey career. He has compiled an overall record of 76-47-17 and he started in 139 games. The opposition has racked up 361 goals versus Saros in his pro hockey career and his goals against average per game is 2.50. Saros has seen 4,532 shot attempts taken against him and he has 4,171 total saves. His save percentage sits at .920 during his 8,680 minutes guarding the cage. Over the course of his career, Saros has accrued 84 quality starts and his rate for quality starts is .604.
When they took the ice last, Carolina faced off against the Predators in a matchup where the Hurricanes took the loss by a final score of 5-0. Carolina went home with a 50.7% Corsi rating. This Corsi percentage speaks to the kind of game that Carolina played and the stats tell us that they didn't play well overall. Their Fenwick percentage was 46.7% by earning a Fenwick of 28 and the Predators finishing with a 32 Fenwick at even strength. Their PDO at even strength was 90 and they had an oZS percentage of 52.8%. The Hurricanes recorded 0 goals of the 30 shots on goal they took. They had 4 power play chances in this one but didn't put one in the back of the net.
Carolina has attempted 1,794 shots (5th in pro hockey) and has a shot percentage of 9.75%, while allowing their opponents 1,581 shots. They have earned a penalty kill percentage of 85.21% on their opponents 169 power play chances, and their save percentage sits at 91.5%. They have a total of 159 power play opportunities and they have a power play rate of 26.42%. The Hurricanes are sitting with 133 goals at even strength and 42 goals (3rd in hockey) while having more men on the ice. They have allowed 134 goals to be scored by way of 109 goals at even strength and 25 goals while they had less men on the ice. This season, the Carolina Hurricanes have 175 goals, 80 points, in addition to a points percentage of .741.
On the other side of the ice you will find Petr Mrazek patrolling the crease. Opponents are averaging 2.59 goals/game and he has surrendered 668 goals overall. Mrazek's rate of quality starts is 52.0% and he has made 130 quality starting assignments in his hockey career. He has made the start in 250 games and has played 15,448 minutes. Mrazek has accumulated a career mark of 128-96-31 and has participated in 275 games. He has accounted for 6,812 stops out of the 7,480 shots attempted against him, giving him a save % of .911.
Who will win tonight's NHL game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take Carolina (-185)
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