Nashville Predators vs Detroit Red Wings Prediction, 4/8/2021 NHL Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Nashville Predators vs Detroit Red Wings
Date: Thursday, April 8, 2021
Location: Little Caesars Arena in Detroit, MI
TV: Bally Sports Detroit
Odds/Point Spread: Predators (-154) Red Wings (+130)
Juuse Saros and the Nashville Predators (21-18-1) are headed to Little Caesars Arena on Thursday where they'll take on the Detroit Red Wings (13-22-6). The Red Wings open this matchup at +130 while the Predators are coming in at -154. The over/under opens at 5.5.
The Predators were on the winning side of the scoreboard with a 3-2 win against the Red Wings in their last game. The Predators had a middle of the road offensive outing in the win. In the game, they earned a goal on 3 of the 31 shots they put on goal. In addition, they had 4 chances with the advantage and were able to notch 1 goal. Nashville accumulated 10 mins in the box in this outing. The Corsi for the Predators sat at 44 and the Corsi against when all was said and done was 41 which had their Corsi percentage coming in at 51.8%. Their Fenwick was 37 and the Fenwick Against sat at 31, giving them a Fenwick percentage of 54.4%. They recorded 25 face-off wins when at even strength and were beaten on 12 opportunities to win the face-off. When starting in the offensive zone they were at 69.0% and they had a PDO of 95.7 in this game.
When discussing their goal scoring prowess, the Nashville Predators have earned 98 goals (26th in the NHL) on the campaign and have conceded 115. For the year, they have earned 43 points and their points percentage is sitting at .538. Nashville has 118 power play chances and they have added 25 goals out of those advantages, earning them a percentage of 21.19%. When playing at even strength, the Predators let the opposition score 81 goals while having 73 when they are on offense. Nashville has taken 1,205 shots and has a shooting percentage of 8.1%. The Predators have had 1,241 shots taken against them and have earned a save percentage of .907. Nashville Predators opponents have earned 128 power play opportunities (3rd in hockey) and have earned 34 goals in those chances.
The player guarding the cage in this matchup is Juuse Saros. For his career, Saros is sitting with 75 quality starts and his quality starts percentage sits at .600. His save percentage is .920 in his 7,831 mins played. Saros has seen 4,086 shots taken against him and has recorded 3,758 total saves. The opposition has scored 328 goals against Saros in his career and his goals against average per contest is 2.51. He has amassed a record of 67-43-16 and he started in 125 games. Saros has played in 141 contests over the course of his NHL career.
In their loss to Nashville, Detroit had 2 power play attempts in this outing but weren't able to notch a goal. The Red Wings scored 2 goals out of the 27 shots on goal they pursued. They had a PDO at even strength of 104 and they earned an oZS percentage of 31.0%. Detroit wrapped up this game with a 48.2% Corsi rate. These Corsi statistics are telling of the type of game that Detroit played and you could say that they have had better days on the ice. Their Fenwick percentage was 45.6% by earning a Fenwick of 31 and the Predators finishing with a 37 Fenwick.
The Red Wings have accumulated 76 goals at even strength and 14 goals (29th in professional hockey) while on the power play. Detroit has tried 1,130 shots (20th in professional hockey) and has a shot percentage of 7.96%, while allowing the opposition 1,272 shots. For the season, the Detroit Red Wings have notched a total of 90 goals, 32 points, as well as a points percentage of .390. They have earned 116 power play opportunities and they have a power play percentage of 12.07%. They have accumulated a penalty kill rate of 74.79% on their opponents 119 power play opportunities, and their save percentage sits at 90.0%. They have granted a total of 127 goals to be scored by of a combination of 97 goals at even strength and 30 goals while they were shorthanded.
Across the ice you are going to see Jonathan Bernier defending the goal. Opponents are averaging 2.76 goals/game and he has relinquished 975 goals altogether. Bernier's quality start rate sits at 53.2% and he has 185 quality starting assignments in his pro hockey career. He has been a starter 348 games and has been on the ice for 21,216 mins. Bernier holds a lifetime record of 160-154-38 and has played in 387 games. He has gathered 10,190 stops out of the 11,165 shots taken against him, giving him a save % of .913.
Who will win tonight's NHL game ATS?
Josh's Pick: Take Nashville (-154)
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