Anaheim Ducks at Nashville Predators Matchup Preview

Jose VasquezArticles, Hockey, NHL

Bridgestone Arena plays host to a Western Conference matchup as the Anaheim Ducks travel to Tennessee to take on the Nashville Predators. Fox Sports Tennesse will broadcast the matchup, and the puck drops at 8 p.m. ET on Saturday, December 2.

Anaheim Ducks at Nashville Predators Odds

Nashville is 15-10 straight up (SU) and has earned moneyline bettors 4.0 units this year. That winning percentage, ranked 3rd in the Central Division in this young season, is an improvement over the 41-41 record from the 2016-17 season campaign. Of the teams 25 games this season, 13 have gone over the total, while 12 have gone under and none have pushed. The teams 9-3 SU at home this year. The Predators have converted on 25.5 percent of their power play opportunities this season, a figure that’s good enough for fourth-best in the NHL. On the other hand, their penalty kill is ranked fifth overall, and they’ve successfully killed off 83.9 percent of all penalties. As a collective unit, the Predators have been whistled for penalties 5.6 times per game overall this season, and 4.4 per game over their last ten games. The team’s had to kill penalties for just 8.0 minutes per game over their last five outings, overall. Averaging 29.7 saves per game with a .925 save percentage, Pekka Rinne (14-6-2) has been the primary option in goal for Nashville this season. If the Preds decide to rest him, however, the team might turn to Juuse Saros (1-4-4 record, .870 save percentage, 3.71 goals against average). The Preds will continue relying on offensive production from Filip Forsberg and P.K. Subban. Forsberg (26 points) has produced 13 goals and 13 assists and has recorded multiple points on seven separate occasions this year. Subban has four goals and 14 assists to his name and has recorded a point in 13 games. Anaheim is 11-15 straight up (SU) and has lost 1.9 units for bettors taking the moneyline thus far. A total of 15 of its contests have gone under the total, while nine have gone over and just one has pushed. The Ducks are 5-6 SU as the visiting team this season. The Ducks have converted on 17.5 percent of their power play opportunities this season, a mark that’s right around league average. On the other hand, its penalty kill unit is ranked ninth overall and it’s successfully killed off 82.6 percent of all opponent power plays. Anaheim’s skaters have been called for penalties 5.1 times per game this season, and 5.8 per game over their last five contests. The teams had to kill penalties 13.0 minutes per contest over their last five road games. John Gibson (31.3 saves per game) has been the main option in goal for Anaheim. Gibson has eight wins, 13 losses, and two OT losses to his credit, while registering a .920 save percentage and 2.98 goals against average this year. Leading the offensive attack for the visiting Ducks will be Rickard Rakell (eight goals, 10 assists) and Corey Perry (four goals, 13 assists).

Anaheim Ducks at Nashville Predators Free Picks

Predictions: SU Winner – Predators, O/U – Over

Betting Trends

  • Two of Anaheim’s last ten games have ended in a shootout. The team is 1-1 in those games and 2-2 overall in shootouts this season.
  • The total has gone under in three of Nashville’s last five games.
  • Five of Anaheim’s last ten games have been decided by two goals or more. The team is 1-4 in those games.
  • Anaheim skaters have accounted for the fourth-most hits in the league (25.0 per game).