Nashville Predators vs New York Rangers Prediction, 12/12/2021 NHL Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Nashville Predators vs New York Rangers
Date: Sunday, December 12, 2021
Location: Madison Square Garden in New York, NY
Odds/Point Spread: Predators (+123) Rangers (-150)
David Rittich and the Nashville Predators (16-10-1) go to Madison Square Garden on Sunday where they'll meet the New York Rangers (18-5-3). The odds on this game have the Predators priced at +123 and the Rangers are at -150. The total opens at 5.5.
The Nashville Predators were on the right side of the scoreboard with a 3-2 win against the Devils in their last game. The Predators had an average offensive performance in this victory. For the game, they converted 3 out of the 27 shots they attempted. Moreover, they had 2 chances with extra men on the ice and were able to net 1 goal. Nashville garnered 11 minutes in the box in this contest.
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In relation to their scoring capabilities, the Nashville Predators have notched 79 goals (14th in the NHL) for the year and have given up 75. For the current season, they have recorded 33 points and their points % is .611. Nashville comes into the game with 75 power play opportunities and they have tallied 18 goals out of those attempts, garnering them a rate of 24.00%. When playing at even strength, the Predators have surrendered 56 goals while scoring 61 on the offensive side of the ice. Nashville has attempted 809 shots and is the owner of a shot percentage of 9.8%. The Predators have had 799 shots attempted against them and hold a save percentage of .906. Nashville Predators opponents have 86 power play opportunities (4th in the NHL) and have scored 19 goals in those chances.
The player in the crease for this game is David Rittich. Rittich has been involved in 139 contests over the course of his professional hockey career. He has accumulated a record of 67-41-16 and he has gotten the start in 125 games. Opponents have tallied 357 goals versus Rittich in his pro career and his goals against average per game is 2.83. Rittich has seen 3,808 shots taken against him and has gathered 3,451 total saves. He has a save percentage of .906 in his 7,560 mins guarding the cage. Over the course of his career, Rittich has accounted for 68 quality starts and his rate for quality starts is .544.
The last time they were on the ice, New York opposed the Sabres in an outing where the Rangers ended up with the victory by a score of 2-1. The Rangers tallied 2 goals of the 31 shots on goal they tried. They had 2 chances on the power play in this game and tallied 1 goal out of those tries.
On the year, the New York Rangers have accumulated 78 goals, 39 points, in addition to a points percentage of .750. They have granted a total of 67 goals to be scored by way of 54 goals at even strength and 13 goals while they had less men on the ice. The Rangers have accumulated 59 goals at even strength and 19 goals (6th in pro hockey) while having a power play advantage. They have a tally of 77 power play opportunities and they have earned a power play percentage of 24.68%. New York has taken 743 shots (26th in pro hockey) and has a shot percentage of 10.50%, while allowing their opponents 836 shots. They have a penalty kill rate of 83.54% on their opponents 79 tries on the power play, and their save percentage currently sits at 92.0%.
On the other side of the ice you will find Igor Shesterkin protecting the net. Shesterkin has amassed a career mark of 39-19-5 and has played in 65 games. Shesterkin's percentage of quality starts is 71.7% and he has made 43 quality starting assignments in his NHL career. He has recorded 1,821 stops out of the 1,968 shots attempted against him, which gives him a rate of .925. The opposition is averaging 2.44 goals per game and he has allowed 147 goals in total. He has started in 60 games and has played 3,614 mins.
Who will win tonight's hockey game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take Nashville (+123)
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