Vancouver Canucks vs. Nashville Predators Betting Preview

Victor TrejosHockey, NHL

Bo Horvat, Elias Pettersson, and the Vancouver Canucks will face off against Ryan Johansen, Roman Josi, and the Nashville Predators at Bridgestone Arena in a Western Conference tilt. Sportsnet Pacific will showcase the game, and the action gets underway at 8 p.m. ET on Thursday, December 13.

Vancouver Canucks vs. Nashville Predators Odds

Vancouver (+180) is currently the underdog to Nashville (-215) and the Over/Under (O/U) has been set at 6 goals (-120 over, +100 under).

Earning moneyline bettors 3.0 units, Nashville is 20-11 straight up (SU) overall in the 2018-19 season. That winning percentage, ranked third in the league so far this season, hasn’t moved much from what the team produced during the 2017-18 season (53-29). Out of its 31 regular season matches, 16 of them have gone under the total, while 14 have gone over and just one has pushed. The team is 12-5 SU at home this year.

The Predators have converted on just 16.0 percent of their power play opportunities this year, a mark that’s ranked 24th overall in the NHL. On the other hand, their penalty kill is rated 11th overall, and they’ve successfully killed off 81.6 percent of all penalties.

With a .932 save percentage and 24.8 saves per game, Pekka Rinne (14-7-1) has been the top option in goal for Nashville this year. If the Preds decide to give him the evening off, however, Nashville may turn to Juuse Saros (7-6-6 record, .885 save percentage, 3.36 goals against average).

Vancouver is 14-19 straight up (SU) and has netted 4.1 units for moneyline bettors this season. Through 33 regular season matches, 17 of its games have gone over the total, while 16 have gone under the total and none have pushed. As the visiting team, the Canucks are 8-11 SU so far.

The Canucks have converted on 17.5 percent of their power play chances this year, a figure that’s right around league average. On the other hand, its penalty kill unit is ranked 27th overall and it’s successfully defended 75.9 percent of all penalties.

Jacob Markstrom (.901 save percentage and 3.14 goals against average) has been the primary option in goal for Vancouver. Markstrom is averaging 28.8 saves per game and owns an 11-12-3 record.

Vancouver Canucks vs. Nashville Predators Betting Predictions

NHL Pick: SU Winner \u2013 Predators, O/U \u2013 Over

Betting Notes

  • For both of these teams, the game went over the total in three of their past five outings.
  • Vancouver has managed 24.4 shot attempts per game over its last five road games while Nashville has been attempting 31.6 shots per game over its last five home outings.
  • Over Vancouver’s last ten games, four of them have been decided by two or more goals (the team is 3-1 in those games).
  • Vancouver skaters notched 21.3 hits per game last season, while the Predators logged 21.0 hits per matchup.