Two teams meeting for the first time this year, the Vancouver Canucks and the Nashville Predators meet at Bridgestone Arena for a Western Conference showdown. The match will get going at 8 p.m. ET on Thursday, November 30, and it is being televised live on Sportsnet Pacific.
Vancouver Canucks vs. Nashville Predators Odds
Nashville enters the matchup as the noticeable favorite with a moneyline of -200. The line for Vancouver sits at +170, and the Over/Under (O/U) is set at 6 goals. The odds for betting that total sit at -120 for the over and +100 for the under.
Nashville is 15-9 straight up (SU) and has earned moneyline bettors 5.8 units this season. That winning percentage, ranked fifth in the league in this young season, is an improvement over the 41-41 record from last years regular season campaign. Through 24 regular season matches, 12 of the teams games have gone over the total, while another 12 have gone under and none have pushed. The team is 9-2 SU at home this year.
The Predators have converted on 25.5 percent of their power play chances this year, a figure that places them in the top-5 among NHL teams. On the other hand, their penalty kill is ranked fifth overall, and they’ve successfully killed off 84.3 percent of all penalties.
As a collective unit, the Predators have been whistled for penalties 5.6 times per game overall this season, and 4.6 per game over their last five outings home outings. The teams had to kill penalties for just 8.2 minutes per game over their last five outings, overall.
Sporting a .928 save percentage and 29.8 saves per game, Pekka Rinne (14-5-2) has been the best option in goal for the Preds this season. If the Preds, however, decide to give him a rest, Nashville could roll with Juuse Saros (1-4-4 record, .870 save percentage, 3.71 goals against average).
Filip Forsberg and P.K. Subban will both lead the way for the Predators. Forsberg (25 points) has tallied 12 goals and 13 assists and has recorded two or more points on seven different occasions this year. Subban has four goals and 14 assists to his credit and has recorded at least one point in 13 contests.
Over on the other bench, Vancouver is 11-14 straight up (SU) and has earned 0.6 units for moneyline bettors this season. Through 25 regular season matches, 13 of its games have gone over the total, while 12 have gone under and none have pushed. As an away team so far, the Canucks are 8-6 SU.
The Canucks have converted on 20.7 percent of their power play opportunities this season, a figure that’s right around league average. On the other hand, its penalty kill unit is ranked 17th overall and it’s successfully killed off 79.5 percent of all penalties.
Vancouver’s players have been penalized 4.0 times per game this season, and 3.0 per game over their last five on the road. The team has had to kill penalties just 8.8 minutes per game over their last 10 outings.
Jacob Markstrom (2.63 goals against average and .909 save percentage) has been the main option in goal for Vancouver. Markstrom is averaging 26.0 saves per game and owns a 6-12-3 record.
Leading the offensive counter for the visiting Canucks will be Brock Boeser (11 goals, 11 assists) and Bo Horvat (10 goals, eight assists).
Vancouver Canucks vs. Nashville Predators Free Picks
Predictions: SU Winner – Predators, O/U – Over
- Nashville is 2-2 in games decided by a shootout this season while Vancouver is 0-2 in shootouts.
- The under has hit in three of Nashville’s last five outings.
- Six of Vancouver’s last ten games have been decided by two goals or more. The team is 2-4 in those games.