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Where: Bridgestone Arena
When: Thursday, October 10, 2019, 8:00 pm ET
We have a non-conference National Hockey League matchup to discuss when the Washington Capitals of the Eastern Conference Metropolitan Division meet the Nashville Predators of the Western Conference Central Division. Washington has lost two consecutive games and is planning for Braden Holtby to guard the cage against Nashville. The Predators are coming off a 5-2 win over the San Jose Sharks and are planning on Pekka Rinne to patrol the crease against the Capitals on Thursday night.
Washington 0-5 on Power Play Against DallasWashington has scored five goals over their last two games and each game resulted in an overtime loss. Their latest overtime defeat came on Tuesday night, a 4-3 home loss to the Dallas Stars. Washington was 0-5 on the power play and Nicklas Backstrom, Evgeny Kuznetsov, and John Carlson each tallied lone goals and Holtby stopped 22 of the 26 shots he faced in a losing cause for Washington.
The Capitals have a 12 percent power-play success rate and an 81.8 percent penalty kill success rate thus far this season.
Holtby (1-0-2, 2.89) has dropped his last two games with both of those losses coming in overtime. Corsica Hockey views Holtby unfavorable and his 91.27 xSV% is a bit low for a goaltender of his caliber. Holtby has a -0.46 GAAA and that is also very low for Holtby and I expect him to bounce back. Last season Holtby was 0-1-0 and allowed six goals to the Predators on 34 shots.
Nashville Defeats San Jose 5-2Nashville is off to a 2-1-0 start to their season and enters Thursday nights battle with the Capitals riding a one-game winning streak compliments of a 5-2 Tuesday night victory over the San Jose Sharks. Roman Josi potted a pair of goals and Filip Forsberg, Kyle Turris and Dante Fabbro each tallied single goals and Pekka Rinne stopped 33 of 35 shot attempts for the Predators second victory of the season.
The Predators have a 22.2 percent success rate on the power play and the penalty kill unit has killed 75 percent of its penalties this season.
Rinne (2-0, 2.00) has been fantastic this season and has stopped 55 of the 59 shots he’s faced this season. Corsica Hockey views Rinne as one of the best goaltenders in the NHL thus far this season. His 94.77 xSV% is fourth in the NHL and Rinne boasts a 0.72 GAA this season. Rinne faced the Capitals once last season and allowed three goals on 25 shots and skated away with the victory.
- Predators are 2-5 in their last 7 vs. Metropolitan.
- Predators are 4-11 in their last 15 games as a favorite of -110 to -150.
- Predators are 1-5 in their last 6 games as a home favorite of -110 to -150.
- Capitals are 304-148 in their last 452 games playing on 1 days rest.
- Capitals are 134-66 in their last 200 home games.
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
I'm going to side with the road underdog here and play the Capitals to defeat the Predators Thursday night. Washington is a good hockey team that has lost two consecutive overtime games and I have a difficult time believing the Capitals will lose three in a row. I like the Predators but Washington has proven it can score against Rinne and I suspect they will be looking to light the lamp early and often on Thursday night.
I will roll with the Capitals to defeat the Predators on Thursday night.
Full-Game Total Pick
I see Washington scoring four goals on Thursday and I can see the Predators scoring at least two goals and that is going to exceed the 5.5 goals Vegas has set for the total. We do have strong goaltending in this game I think the offenses will prevail on Thursday and exceed the 5.5 goal total.
I'm going with the OVER on Thursday!
Prediction: Over 5.5 Goals