Nashville Predators vs Carolina Hurricanes Prediction, 1/5/2023 NHL Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Nashville Predators vs Carolina Hurricanes
Date: Thursday, January 5, 2023
Location: PNC Arena in Raleigh, NC
TV: Bally Sports South
Odds/Point Spread: Predators (+180) Hurricanes (-220)
PNC Arena is the location where the Carolina Hurricanes (25-7-6) will take on the Nashville Predators (16-14-6) on Thursday. The odds on this game have Nashville at +180 while Carolina is priced at -220. The over/under is 7.
The Nashville Predators were on the winning side of the scoreboard with a 6-3 victory over the Canadiens in their last outing. The Predators had a good offensive performance and it was apparent in this victory. In the game, they converted 6 out of the 34 shots they put on net. Additionally, they had 4 power play chances and were able to net 2 goals. Nashville accumulated 10 minutes in the box for this contest.
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In the matter of scoring goals, the Nashville Predators have accumulated 98 goals (29th in hockey) over the course of the season and have surrendered 109. For the current campaign, they have recorded 38 points and their points percentage comes in at .528. Nashville has tallied 123 power play opportunities and they have notched 22 goals during those advantages, garnering them a rate of 17.89%. While at even strength, the Predators have conceded 83 goals while earning 76 as an offensive unit. Nashville has attempted 1,115 shots and holds a shot percentage of 8.8%. The Predators thus far have had 1,197 shots tried against them and have a save percentage of .909. Nashville Predators opponents have 124 power play tries (12th in professional hockey) and have notched 26 goals in those attempts.
Patrolling the crease for the game will be Juuse Saros. Over the course of his career, Saros has 145 quality starts and his quality starts percentage is .620. His save percentage is at .919 for his 14,265 mins played. Saros has seen 7,531 shot attempts taken against him and has accrued 6,921 total saves. Opponents have been able to score 610 goals versus Saros in his professional career and his goals against average per game is 2.57. He has accumulated a win-loss mark of 127-82-25 and he was named the starter in 234 games. Saros has taken the ice for 250 contests over the course of his hockey career.
When they were on the ice last, Carolina faced the Rangers in a matchup where the Hurricanes took a loss by a mark of 5-3. The Hurricanes recorded 3 goals of the 23 shots on goal they attempted. They had 3 attempts on the power play in this outing but weren't able to notch a goal.
Carolina has taken 1,325 shots (4th in the league) and has accumulated a shot percentage of 8.91%, while allowing the opposition 1,003 shots. They have earned a penalty kill rate of 80.45% on the other teams 133 power play opportunities, and their save percentage comes in at 90.1%. They have a total of 132 power play chances and they have earned a power play rate of 18.94%. The Hurricanes have earned 93 goals at even strength and 25 goals (19th in the league) while on the power play. They have allowed 99 goals to be scored by way of 73 goals at even strength and 26 goals while they had less men on the ice. So far this season, the Carolina Hurricanes have notched a total of 118 goals, 56 points, as well as a points percentage of .737.
Across the ice you will find Pyotr Kochetkov in net. Teams are averaging 2.12 goals per game and he has conceded 38 goals overall. Kochetkov's quality start percentage comes out to 64.7% and he has earned 11 quality starts in his NHL career. He got the starting nod in 17 games and has played 1,073 minutes. Kochetkov has compiled a career record of 13-2-4 and has been in net for 19 contests. He has tallied 442 stops out of the 480 shots attempted against him, giving him a rate of .921.
Who will win tonight's NHL game against the spread or moneyline?
Guy's Pick: Take Nashville (+180)
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