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(26-8-5) Nashville Predators vs. Washington Capitals (26-9-5)
Date: Thursday March 16th
Time: 4:00 PM
Venue: Verizon Center in Washington, DC
NHL Hockey Moneyline Odds: Capitals -155
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NHL Betting Total: 5.5
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The Nashville Predators remain in the thick of the playoff race in the West, currently sitting in 3rd in the Central but just two points ahead of the last wildcard seed, the St. Louis Blues.
The Capitals are a lock for a favorable playoff seed in the East, leading the powerful Metro Division by two points over Pittsburgh in what is shaping up to be a heated race with the two squads and the 3rd place Columbus all within three points of each other.
The Predators are 10th overall in goals per game at 2.9, which is a shift from Nashville teams in the past that relied heavily on defense to win games.
That isn’t to say that the Preds’ defense is bad, they grade out at about average this season at 18th overall with 2.8 goals against per game allowed.
The shift from Shea Weber to PK Subban highlights the mentality shift overall and signifies the impact Weber has on the defensive side of the game.
Subban has registered 35 points in 53 games played this year, sitting only behind the sure handed Roman Josi in team defensive points. Josi has 11 goals and 42 points on the year and has developed into an all-around All-Star.
The team leaders up front are once again Ryan Johansen and Filip Forsberg, the former leading the team with 42 assists and 54 points while setting up Forsberg, who has 28 goals and 53 points.
Juuse Saros has been a nice find as a former 4th round pick. Saros has a 2.24 GAA and a .927 SV% while backing up the workhorse, Pekka Rinne. Rinne owns a 2.58 GAA and a .914 SV% over 52 appearance, half of which he’s earned a win in.
Alex Ovechkin netted his first goal in 10 games on Tuesday, a long goal-less streak for the perennial Rocket Richard contender.
It appears Ovy’s 50-goal season streak will also end, as he currently leads the Caps but with 28 on the year, after three previous seasons of at least 50.
Nicklas Backstrom has put together the quietest top-10 scoring season in recent memory, sitting with 71 points in 69 games played which is good for 6th in the league.
His 50 assists only trail the leader in the category, Connor McDavid’s, by two.
Evgeny Kuznetsov has stepped up his pace since the calendar change to 2017, averaging a point-per-game during that span, He’s totaled 53 on the year overall.
Braden Holtby has been a stud in net and is in a battle with Minnesota’s Devan Dubnyk as the Vezina-favorite. Holtby has a .926 SV% and a 2.03 GAA with 35 wins on the year.
NHL Betting Trends:
- The Predators are 2-2-2- in February
- Nashville is 14-16-4 on the road
- Nashville has a plus-9 goal differential on the year
- Braden Holtby has the best GAA among any qualifying NHL goaltender at 2.03
- Washington is 28-6-1 at home
- Washington is 1st in goals against at 2.2 per game
Free Nashville Predators vs Washington Capitals NHL Hockey Prediction:
Washington has been virtually unstoppable at the Verizon Center this season, and Holtby has been nearly impossible to score on.
The addition of Kevin Shattenkirk at the trade deadline only adds to a potent offense and deep defensive corps.
4* Free NHL Betting Pick: Capsitals -155
Nashville also has a losing record on the road, so all signs point to Washington for the win.
NHL Free Score Prediction: Nashville 2 – Washington 3
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