Matching up for the final time this season, the Nashville Predators and the New Jersey Devils collide at the Prudential Center. NBC Sports Network will air this East-West matchup, and the action gets underway at 7:30 p.m. ET on Thursday, January 30.
Nashville Predators vs. New Jersey Devils Odds
New Jersey (+120) is currently the underdog to Nashville (-140) and the Over/Under (O/U) has been set at 6 goals. The line for betting that total stands at -125 over, +105 under.
Nashville is 23-26 straight up (SU) and has lost 15.3 units for moneyline bettors this year. 29 of its outings have gone over the total, while 18 have gone under and just one has pushed. As a road team this season, the Preds are 12-12 SU.
Nashville has converted on just 17.0 percent of its power play chances this season, a figure that places them in the bottom-10 overall among NHL teams. On the other hand, its penalty kill is ranked 28th overall, and it’s successfully killed off only 74.4 percent of all penalties.
The Preds, as a collective unit, have been penalized 3.9 times per game overall this season, 3.4 per game over its past five games total, and 4.4 per game over its last five road outings. The team has been forced to stave off opponent power plays just 8.7 minutes per game over their last 10 outings.
Boasting a .897 save percentage and 24.2 saves per game, Pekka Rinne (16-14-3) has been the best option in goal for Nashville this season. If Nashville decides to rest him, however, head coach John Hynes may go with Juuse Saros (7-17-4), who has a .894 save percentage and 3.17 goals against average this year.
Roman Josi and Filip Forsberg will both lead the offensive attack for the visiting Predators. Josi has 49 points on 14 goals and 35 assists, and has recorded multiple points 12 times. Forsberg has 16 goals and 19 assists to his creditand has logged a point in 26 games.
On the other side of the rink, New Jersey is 18-31 straight up (SU) and has lost 9.1 units for moneyline bettors thus far. 27 of its games have gone over the total, while 21 have gone under and just one has pushed. This season, the team is 7-16 SU as the home team.
The Devils have converted on just 14.7 percent of their power play opportunities this season, a mark that places them in the bottom overall among NHL teams. On the other hand, its penalty kill is ranked 20th overall, and it’s successfully killed off 79.4 percent of all penalties.
Devils players have been sent to the penalty box 4.1 times per game this season, and 3.0 per game over their last five home outings. The team’s had to stave off opponent power plays 10.2 minutes per contest over their last five home games.
MacKenzie Blackwood (26.4 saves per game) has been the primary option in the crease for the Devils. Blackwood has 15 wins, 21 losses, and six overtime losses and has recorded a subpar .906 save percentage and 2.95 goals against average this season.
Kyle Palmieri (17 goals, 15 assists) will pace the attack for the Devils.
Nashville Predators vs. New Jersey Devils Betting Predictions
Free Prediction: SU Winner – Predators, O/U – Over
The majority (65.2 percent) of Nashville’s wins have come by two or more goals, and the team is 15-16 overall in such games. 8 of New Jersey’s wins (44.4 percent) have been decided by two or more goals.
The Devils are 8-13 when they serve fewer penalty minutes than their opponent and 10-16 in games where they serve fewer than 10 total penalty minutes.
Nashville is 1-3 in games decided by a shootout this season while New Jersey is 3-4 in shootouts.
The over has hit in three of the past five matches for both teams.
Nashville has averaged 8.6 giveaways over its last five home games, its season average of 9.1 giveaways per game (ranked 11th in the league).
New Jersey has averaged 10.2 giveaways over its last five home games, a rise over its season average of 9.2 giveaways per game (ranked 13th overall).