Four consecutive victories on own ice bring the Carolina Hurricanes (5th in Metropolitan Division) to another domestic fixture, with the Nashville Predators (2nd in Central) paying a visit on the back of a seven-game point run…
Preds Stretch Out Point Run
The ongoing six-game road trip of the Nashville Predators (27-15-4) went 3-0-2 with one contest still remaining on it, extending the team’s point run to seven outings (5-0-2) following a 4-3 overtime defeat against the Columbus Blue Jackets at Nationwide Arena on Thursday. Nick Bonino (9 goals, 19 points this year), Viktor Arvidsson (14 goals, 20 points) and Mattias Ekholm (6 goals, 34 points) all lit the lamp for the Preds, who lost for the eighth time in their past 13 fixtures (5-5-3). They are sitting 2nd in the Central Division with 58 points from 46 contests, being on level points with the 1st-placed Winnipeg Jets, but with less victories.
— Nashville Predators (@PredsNHL) January 12, 2019
Goalie Pekka Rinne turned away 29 shots in his 600th NHL game, taking his current performance status to 17-10-3 for the rolling year with a 2.31 GAA and a .919 save percentage. He is 6-2-1 in previous encounters against the Carolina Hurricanes with a 2.05 GAA and a .920 save percentage. The Predators, meanwhile, are netting the 12th highest amount of goals per game so far this season (3.07), while conceding the absolute lowest quantity defensively (2.50). They are 26th in power play (15.1%) and 12th in penalty kill (80.3%).
‘Canes Split Back-To-Back Set
The Carolina Hurricanes (21-18-5) ended their season-high five-game winning run, but registered another triumph just 24 hours later after splitting a back-to-back set right before the weekend. The ‘Canes lost 3-1 to the Tampa Bay Lightning at Amalie Arena on Thursday before notching a 4-3 win against the Buffalo Sabres at PNC Arena on Friday. Justin Williams (12 goals, 26 points this year) and Sebastian Aho (18 goals, 47 points) picked up two snipes each during the pair of games, as Carolina now occupies the 5th place in the Metropolitan Division with 47 points from 44 contests, trailing a playoff berth in the Eastern Conference by five points.
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— Carolina Hurricanes (@NHLCanes) January 12, 2019
Goalie Petr Mrazek made 27 saves in Tampa and has now gone 8-9-2 for the year with a 2.66 GAA and a .902 save percentage. He has posted a perfect 6-0-0 past tally versus Nashville with a 2.00 GAA and a .940 save percentage, while Curtis McElhinney (11-5-1 on the season with a 2.30 GAA and a .921 save percentage) is 0-1-0 from three previous encounters against the Predators with a 1.99 GAA and a .949 save percentage. The Hurricanes are 4th in least goals scored per game (2.64), 12th in least goals given up on average (2.84), 25th in power play (16.2%) and 15th in penalty kill (80.0%).
- Hurricanes are 4-0 in their last 4 home games.
- Hurricanes are 4-0 in their last 4 in the third game of a 3-in-4 situation.
- Predators are 0-4 in their last 4 overall meetings with Hurricanes.
- Predators are 1-5 in their last 6 meetings with Hurricanes in Carolina.
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
The Hurricanes have been something of a bogey team for the Predators lately, having collected two-game season sweeps against Nashville in the previous two campaigns. Their first meeting this year definitely doesn’t induce any confidence in the Preds either, as Nashville has already dropped 12 of its last 16 road outings and has lost five of its previous seven contests versus sides with a poor record. Carolina, on the other hand, is riding a four-game home winning run and has all the momentum behind it, having triumphed in six of its last seven fixtures.
Prediction: Carolina Hurricanes
Full-Game Total Pick
Seven of the last nine encounters between the Predators and the Hurricanes have all been decided in the realm of just five markers. So, it is quite realistic that this fixture will pretty much follow the same path. Nashville has already gone under the total in half of its last six fixtures, while five of the past six outings of Carolina versus sides from the Western Conference have all finished below the six-goal barrier. Pick the Under!
Prediction: Under 5.5