The Ducks and Predators are set to face off at 8:00 ET on ESPN+. The Predators will host the game at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, TN. The over/under for this game is set at 6.5 goals, and the Predators are the home favorites against the Ducks in a Western conference matchup.
ANAHEIM DUCKS VS NASHVILLE PREDATORS BETTING PICK
The Pick: Nashville Predators -1.5
This game will be played at Bridgestone Arena at 8:00 ET on Tuesday, January 9th.
WHY BET THE NASHVILLE PREDATORS:
- Based on our analysis, we foresee the Predators winning the game with a predicted score of 4-2.
- Take the Predators on the moneyline
- The Predators should also cover at -1.5
Can Anaheim Deliver Being Underdogs on the Road?
Heading into tonight’s game, the Ducks are 14th in the Western Conference with a record of 13-25-1. In their last ten games, the Ducks have gone 3-7, and they have lost their last two games. On the road this season, Anaheim has gone 7-9-0.
Against other teams in the Western Conference, the Ducks have gone 6-16, and in the Pacific Division, they are 7th with a record of 3-7. As the underdog, Anaheim has gone 12-22-1, and they have lost their last two games when entering as the underdog.
So far this season, the Ducks have an average scoring margin of -0.8 goals per game, and they have gone 22-17 against the puck line. In their 35 games as the underdog, the Ducks have a puck line record of 21-14.
Over their last ten road games, the Ducks have gone 5-5 against the puck line, and their average scoring margin on the road is -0.8 goals per game. In their last three games, the Ducks have a puck line record of 2-1.
For the season, Anaheim’s games have finished with an average of 5.8 goals per game. Their average over/under line for the season is 6.4. Overall, the Ducks have an over/under record of 16-21-2.
Anaheim has played well in their previous three road games, going 2-1 straight up. In this stretch, they averaged 3 goals per game while allowing 3. The team also performed well vs the puck line at 2-1.
In terms of their offensive performance, the Ducks are averaging 2.5 goals per game this season, putting them in the 29th spot in the NHL. When it comes to shots on goal per game, they are ranked 25th in the league. This season, the Ducks are 2-12 when getting more shots on goal than their opponents. And in games with fewer shots on goal, they have a 10-10 record.
Anaheim’s current leading scorer is Frank Vatrano. This season, he has 18 goals, which puts him 22nd in the NHL. In addition to his goal scoring, Vatrano has 10 assists this season.
Defensively, the Predators come into the season ranked 11th in goals allowed. Opponents are averaging 30.4 shots per game against Nashville. For the season, they are ranked 9th in shutouts, coming in with 2 shutouts.
Goalie Lukas Dostal comes into the game having made 15 starts this season. So far, his record is 6-9 and he has a save percentage of 0.709%.
Does Nashville Have What it Takes at Home?
At home this season, the Predators have gone 12-10-0 in 22 games, and they have been favored in 16 of their 40 games. In the Western Conference, Nashville is in 7th place and 4th in the Central Division with a record of 22-17-1. Over their last ten games, the Predators have gone 5-5 and 3-2 over their last five.
So far this season, Nashville has been the favorite in 16 games and has gone 10-6-0 in those games. Against Western Conference opponents, the Predators have gone 11-12 and 7-4 against divisional foes. Over their last three games, Nashville has gone 2-1.
When favored, the Predators have gone 6-10 on the puck line this season, and their average scoring margin in those games is at +0.4 goals per contest. Nashville has gone 11-12 this year in games decided by more than one goal.
So far, the Predators have gone 22-18 on the puck line, including a mark of 12-10 at home. In their last ten games at home, Nashville has gone 5-5 on the puck line.
For the season, Nashville’s games have finished with an average of 6.3 goals per game. Their average over/under line for the season is 6.2. Overall, the Predators have an over/under record of 18-17-5.
When looking at their past three road matchups, Anaheim has an puck line record of 2-1 while averaging 3 per game. The team went 2-1 overall in these games.
On the offensive side, the Predators are scoring an 3.1 goals per game this season, ranking 15th in the NHL. When it came to shots on target per game, they are 15th in the league. Nashville’s offense comes into the game ranked 11th in power play goals. And in terms of shorthanded goals, they are 9th in the NHL.
Nashville’s leading goal scorer is Filip Forsberg. So far this season, he has 21 goals, placing him 14th in the NHL. In addition to his goal scoring, Forsberg has 24 assists this season.
Defensively, the Predators are currently 11th in goals allowed. On average, opponents are taking 30.4 shots per game against Nashville. They also are 9th in shutouts, coming in with 2 shutouts.
Heading into this matchup vs. Anaheim, goalie Juuse Saros has started 31 games in this season. His current record is 16-14, and his save percentage stands at 0.971%.