In their first head-to-head meeting of the regular season, the Nashville Predators and the Ottawa Senators face off at Canadian Tire Centre in an East-West showdown. The action will get underway at 7:30 p.m. ET on Thursday, February 8, and it’ll be broadcasted live on Fox Sports Tennesse.
Nashville Predators vs. Ottawa Senators Odds
Nashville is 32-20 straight up (SU) and has netted 9.2 units for moneyline bettors this year. Through 52 regular season outings, 26 of its games have gone under the total, while 25 have gone over and none have pushed. The Preds are 14-12 SU as a road team in 2017-18.
Nashville has converted on 23.6 percent of its power play opportunities this season, a figure that places them in the top-5 among NHL teams. Its penalty kill is ranked ninth overall, and the team’s successfully killed off 82.3 percent of its penalties.
For the team as a whole, the Preds have been penalized 4.7 times per game overall this season, and 3.2 per game over its last five on the road. The team has been forced to kill penalties just 7.2 minutes per game over their last 10 outings.
With a .926 save percentage and 28.6 saves per game, Pekka Rinne (27-12-4) has been the top option in goal for Nashville this season. Rinne did just play last night, however, so Nashville could decide to rest him and instead turn to Juuse Saros (5-9-4 record, .927 save percentage, 2.33 goals against average).
P.K. Subban and Filip Forsberg will both lead the offensive attack for the visiting Predators. Subban has 41 points on 13 goals and 28 assists, and has recorded two or more points 10 times. Forsberg has 16 goals and 22 assists to his credit (and has notched at least one point in 26 games).
On the other side of the rink, Ottawa is 18-34 straight up (SU) and has lost 16.6 units for moneyline bettors this year. Through 52 regular season matches, 26 of its games have gone over the total, while another 26 have gone under and none have pushed. This year, the team is 11-16 SU at home.
The Senators have converted on just 16.6 percent of their power play chances this season, a mark 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 74.5 percent of all opponent power plays.
Senators skaters have been penalized 3.7 times per game in total this season, 4.2 per game over their past five outings total, and 3.6 per game over their last five home outings. The team has been forced to defend opponent power plays just 8.0 minutes per game over their last 10 outings.
Craig Anderson (27.8 saves per game) has been the top option in goal for the Senators. Anderson has 15 wins, 23 losses, and five OT losses to his credit and has registered a mediocre 3.15 goals against average and a subpar .903 save percentage this season.
Mark Stone (18 goals, 26 assists) will lead the attack for the home team.
Nashville Predators vs. Ottawa Senators Betting Predictions