NHL Pick: Nashville Predators at Pittsburgh Penguins
The Nashville Predators are in Pittsburgh tonight where they take on the red hot Penguins. The Penguins have played the Predators well over the past few seasons winning 6 of the last 7 meetings overall and this has also been a fairly low scoring series with the last 5 meetings all going under the total.
Head to Head Trends
Predators are 1-6 in the last 7 meetings.
Under is 5-0 in the last 5 meetings.
Pittsburgh Penguins (-133)
The Pittsburgh Penguins are 3rd in the Metropolitan Division with 94 points 20 points back of the 1st place Washington Capitals but they are firmly in a playoff spot. For most of the season the Penguins were just hanging around not doing a whole lot but they’re getting hot at the right time winning 9 of their last 10 games and are looking dangerous heading into the playoffs.
The Penguins have a solid offense averaging 2.83 goals per game on the season but Crosby and friends have been on fire of late averaging 3.70 goals per game over their last 10 games. The Penguins also have a solid defense allowing 2.45 goals per game but that has also improved of late as well allowing just 2.20 goals per game over their last 10.
Pittsburgh Penguins Trends
Penguins are 9-1 in their last 10 overall.
Penguins are 92-38 in their last 130 home games vs. a team with a losing road record.
Projected goal distribution for Predators at Penguins. Close matchup and should be a lot of fun. pic.twitter.com/Ta86Ob7TDU
— SaberSim Hockey (@SaberSimHockey) March 31, 2016
Nashville Predators (+123)
The Nashville Predators are 4th in the Central Division with 91 points 10 points out of 1st place but it looks like they too are solidly in a playoff position. After a lack luster couple of months during the middle part of the season the Predators have turned things up over the past month or so winning 12 of their last 18 games.
The Predators play well at home but they have struggled on the road this season where they have just a 18-21 record although 7 of those losses have come in overtime so at least they’re picking up points. Away from home the Predators are averaging just 2.41 goals per game on offense while allowing 2.79 goals per game on defense.
Nashville Predators Trends
Predators are 3-11 in their last 14 in the third game of a 3-in-4 situation.
Predators are 3-8 in their last 11 road games vs. a team with a home winning % of greater than .600.
I like the Pittsburgh Penguins over the Predators in this one. The Penguins are red hot right now winning 9 of their last 10 games while the Predators who are playing pretty good hockey right now as well but the Pred’s have struggled on the road this season.
Free Pick: Pittsburgh Penguins at -133 from BetOnline