Nashville Predators vs Carolina Hurricanes Prediction, 5/19/2021 NHL Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Nashville Predators vs Carolina Hurricanes
Date: Wednesday, May 19, 2021
Location: PNC Arena in Raleigh, NC
Odds/Point Spread: Predators (+160) Hurricanes (-180)
PNC Arena is the venue where Petr Mrazek and the Carolina Hurricanes (36-12-8) will take on the Nashville Predators (31-23-2) on Wednesday in Game 2 of their series. The Hurricanes open this matchup at -180 while the Predators are priced at +160. The total opens at 5.5.
The Predators were on the wrong end of the scoreboard with a 5-2 defeat against the Hurricanes in Game 1. The Predators offense left a lot to be desired in the loss. For the matchup, they netted 2 out of the 24 shots they put on net. Additionally, they had 3 opportunities with more players on the ice but didn't get a goal. Nashville earned 20 mins in the box for this matchup. The Corsi for the Predators was sitting at 41 and the Corsi against was at 50 which had their Corsi percentage coming in at 45.1%. Their Fenwick was 30 and the Fenwick against was 40, giving them a Fenwick percentage of 42.9%. They garnered 27 face-off wins at even strength and were beaten on 27 attempts to take control of the puck. Their starts in the offensive zone came in at 43.9% and they had a PDO at even strength of 92.9 in this one.
Nashville Predators opponents have tallied 171 power play opportunities (8th in pro hockey) and have come away with 42 goals in those chances. The Predators have had 1,753 shots tried against them and have a save percentage of .912. Nashville has taken 1,679 shots and holds a shooting percentage of 9.0%. While at even strength, the Predators have allowed the opponent to score 112 goals while having 123 on the offensive side of the ice. Nashville skates onto the rink with 159 power play chances and they have added 28 goals out of those tries, garnering them a rate of 17.61%. For the current season, the have a total of 64 points and their points % is .571. With respect to their scoring capabilities, the Nashville Predators have accumulated 151 goals (21st in the National Hockey League) for the season and have surrendered 154.
The player between the pipes for this game is Juuse Saros. From the beginning of his pro career to now, Saros has earned 84 quality starts and his quality starts percentage is .604. His save percentage currently sits at .920 for his 8,680 mins in the crease. Saros has had 4,532 shot attempts taken against him and has garnered 4,171 saves. The opposition has notched 361 goals against Saros in his professional hockey career and his goals against average is 2.50. He has accumulated a win-loss mark of 76-47-17 and was named the starter in 139 games. Saros has been involved in 155 matchups during his pro hockey career.
In Game 2 Carolina had a PDO at even strength of 107 and their oZS percentage was 56.1%. They had 4 power play opportunities in this matchup but were not able to net one. They had a Fenwick percentage of 57.1% by way of having a Fenwick of 40 and the Predators having accrued a 30 Fenwick. The Hurricanes earned 5 goals out of the 38 shots on goal they pursued. Carolina had a 54.9% Corsi rating. This Corsi rating is telling of the kind of game that Carolina played and they looked good in this game.
Carolina has taken 1,794 shots (5th in pro hockey) and has earned a shooting percentage of 9.75%, while allowing the opposition 1,581 shots. They have a penalty kill percentage of 85.23% on the other teams 176 opportunities on the power play, and their save percentage currently comes in at 91.5%. They have recorded 164 power play chances and they have a power play percentage of 25.61%. The Hurricanes have accumulated 133 goals at even strength and 42 goals (3rd in pro hockey) while having more men on the ice. They have granted a total of 134 goals to be scored by way of 108 goals at even strength and 26 goals while they had less men on the ice. Over the course of the season, the Carolina Hurricanes have a total of 175 goals, 80 points, and a points percentage of .714.
Across the ice you are likely to see Petr Mrazek protecting the goal. Mrazek is the owner of a lifetime mark of 128-96-31 and has been in goal for 275 games. Mrazek's quality start percentage comes out to 52.0% and he has accumulated 130 quality starting assignments in his career. He has recorded 6,812 stops out of the 7,480 shots tried, giving him a save % of .911. His opposition is averaging 2.59 goals per game and he has surrendered 668 goals in total. He has been a starter 250 contests and has played for a total of 15,448 minutes.
Who will win tonight's hockey game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take Nashville (+160)
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