Nashville Predators vs New Jersey Devils Prediction, 12/10/2021 NHL Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Nashville Predators vs New Jersey Devils
Date: Friday, December 10, 2021
Location: Prudential Center in Newark, NJ
Odds/Point Spread: Predators (-127) Devils (+105)
Prudential Center is the venue where Mackenzie Blackwood and the New Jersey Devils (10-9-5) will take on the Nashville Predators (14-10-1) on Friday. The Devils open this matchup at +105 while the Predators are coming in at -127. The O/U is set at 6.
The Nashville Predators were on the winning side of the scoreboard with a 5-2 victory over the Red Wings in their last outing. Nashville accumulated 16 mins in the box for this game. The Predators had a impressive offensive output in the win. In addition, they had 2 chances on the power play and scored 1 goal. In the matchup, they earned a goal on 5 of the 33 shots they attempted.
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Nashville Predators opponents have earned 80 power play tries (6th in the NHL) and have tallied 18 goals in those attempts. The Predators have had 747 shots attempted against them and have a save percentage of .906. Nashville has tried 753 shots and holds a shooting percentage of 9.6%. While playing at even strength, the Predators have allowed the opponent to score 52 goals while having 55 on the offensive side of the ice. Nashville has tallied 72 power play chances and they have scored 17 goals out of those advantages, garnering them a rate of 23.61%. For the season, they have tallied 29 points and their points percentage is sitting at .580. In regard to their scoring, the Nashville Predators have notched 72 goals (19th in hockey) on the season and have allowed 70.
The player in the crease for this game is David Rittich. Over the course of his career, Rittich is sitting with 68 quality starts and his quality starts rate sits at .548. His save percentage is at .907 in his 7,500 mins played. Rittich has had 3,787 shot attempts against him and has recorded 3,433 total saves. The opposition has been able to score 354 goals versus Rittich in his professional career and his goals against average is 2.83. He has earned a win-loss record of 66-41-16 and he has started in 124 games. Rittich has taken the ice for 138 games throughout his hockey career.
When they were on the ice last, New Jersey went up against the Flyers in a game where the Devils got the victory by a score of 3-0. They had 3 chances on the power play in this outing and netted 1 goal out of those attempts. The Devils had 3 goals of the 27 shots on goal they attempted.
For the season, the New Jersey Devils have a total of 69 goals, 25 points, and a points percentage of .521. They have permitted 75 goals to be scored by of a combination of 60 goals at even strength and 15 goals while they were shorthanded. The Devils have earned 60 goals at even strength and 9 goals (29th in hockey) while on the power play. They have a tally of 64 opportunities on the power play and they have accumulated a power play percentage of 14.06%. New Jersey has attempted 764 shots (18th in the league) and has accumulated a shooting percentage of 9.03%, while allowing the other team 753 shots. They have earned a penalty kill rate of 81.01% on their oppositions 79 power play opportunities, and their save percentage currently comes in at 90.0%.
Across the ice you are expected to see Mackenzie Blackwood protecting the net. Opponents are averaging 2.83 goals per game and he has allowed 318 goals overall. Blackwood's quality start rate sits at 55.0% and he has qualified for 61 quality starting assignments in his pro hockey career. He got the starting nod in 111 games and has played 6,744 mins. Blackwood has accumulated a lifetime mark of 51-44-15 and has been in net for 118 games. He has tallied 3,263 saves out of 3,581 shots taken, giving him a percentage of .911.
Who will win tonight's hockey game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take Nashville (-127)
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