Nashville Predators (19-8-1) vs. Vancouver Canucks (11-16-3)
NHL Hockey: Thursday, December 6th, 2018 (Rogers Arena)
Line and Odds: Nashville Predators -1.5 Over/Under: 5.5
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It would appear that the Nashville Predators are now on a bit of an upswing, especially considering they have followed a two-game skid with back-to-back wins culminating in a 2-1 victory against the Buffalo Sabres. On the other hand, the Vancouver Canucks are not doing as well as the Predators. To put it mildly, they have been fading recently, dropping four in a row including a 3-2 loss at home against the Minnesota Wild.
The best way to sum it up would be that the Predators want to continue their winning ways and the Canucks want to rebound from their losing skid. Either way, it will be a fun game to watch and wager on.
In the last game, goalie Peka Rinne picked up the win with 21 saves, improving to 12-4-1 on the season. The Predators did a good job of capitalizing on the power play, with Ryan Ellis scoring for the Predators on a first-period power play along with Kevin Fiala scoring the go-ahead goal at 16:34 of the third period. It was a close game against the Sabres, but the Predators got it done.
The Vancouver Canucks may be on a losing streak, but part of the reason for their would be simply not being able to close the deal. For example, in their 3-2 loss against the Wild, the only reason they lost is because Anders Nilsson allowed three goals on 28 shots. Nilsson is definitely a capable goalie; if he has a good day the team has as good a chance as anyone else.
The other big problem the Canucks faced would be the fact they took an early lead but were not able to capitalize on it. Despite going ahead 1-0 against the Wild in the first period, the Canucks allowed the Wild to creep back into it by the power play advantage. Ryan Suter and Jason Zucker turned what could have been a 2-1 edge for the Canucks into a 3-2 loss simply by scoring in the power play 55 seconds apart.
Nashville Predators Trends
Nashville is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games
Nashville is 17-8 SU in its last 25 games
Nashville is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
Nashville is 10-4 SU in its last 14 games on the road
Nashville is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games on the road
Vancouver Canucks Trends
Vancouver is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games
Vancouver is 1-12 SU in its last 13 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Vancouver’s last 6 games
Vancouver is 7-2 ATS in its last 9 games at home
Vancouver is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games at home
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Even though I really want to go with the Canucks there is no question that I have to go with the Predators in this one. The one thing I keep on coming back to would be that the Predators are one of the best teams in the NHL right now. The Predators have some of the best skaters and they have one of the best corps of goalies as well.
Couple that with the fact that Vancouver has lost the last five at home, and I just don’t see how they can break their skid against the Predators I’m sure they will do it soon enough, but not against this team.