Where: Rogers Arena, Vancouver BC
When: Thursday, December 6, 2018, 10:00 pm Eastern
The Nashville Predators have won two in a row and now hit the road for a game with the Vancouver Canucks. The Predators defeated Buffalo in their most recent game while the Canucks have lost four in a row with their most recent being a 3-2 loss to the Minnesota Wild. This game should be a great finish on a superb night of NHL hockey.
Nashville Has Won Two Straight!!
Buffalo might be a young and very fast skating team, but the Predators handled their business and skated away with a 2-1 victory Monday night. Kevin Fiala and Ryan Ellis each tallied lone goals and Pekka Rinne stopped 21 of the 22 shots he face to give Nashville win number 19 on the season.
— Nashville Predators (@PredsNHL) December 4, 2018
Nashville has quite a few players on their injury report for Thursday’s game. Most notably is Filip Forsberg. Forsberg is the Preds leading goal scorer and him not being in the lineup is going to hurt the offensive production immensely.
Rinne is the Preds scheduled goaltender for Thursday night. Rinne is 12-4-1 this season and has stopped 474 of the 507 shots he’s faced for a 1.81 Goals Against Average and 93 percent save percentage. Rinne also has two shutouts to his credit this season.
Nashville ranks #11 in the NHL in goals scored (3.21) and as previously mentioned, Forsberg leads the club with 14 goals and Ryan Johansen leads the club with 24 points. The Preds rank #15 on the power play with a 15 percent success rate, #1 in goals against (2.36) and ranks #11 on the penalty kill with a 81 percent success rate this season.
Hard Times For the Canucks
Vancouver has fallen on hard times. They’ve lost four out of five and it doesn’t appear as if it’s going to end any time soon. The penalty kill has been awful and the Nucks have scored just seven goals during this four-game losing streak. In their most recent loss, the Canucks committed three penalties and the special teams allowed three power play goals. You can’t win in the National Hockey League that way, and hence you have a four-game losing streak.
— Vancouver Canucks (@Canucks) December 5, 2018
The injury list for Vancouver is long but mostly old injuries.
Jacob Markstrom is scheduled to patrol the crease for the Canucks Thursday night. Markstrom is 8-9-3 this season and has allowed 67 goals on 648 shots for a 3.31 goals against average and 89 percent save percentage this season.
Vancouver ranks #23 in goals scored (2.77) and the Nucks leading scorer with 13 goals is Elias Pettersson and Bo Horvat leads the club in points with 25. Vancouver ranks #21 on the power play with a 17 percent success rate, #27 in goals against (3.43) and the Nucks and their penalty kill units rank #27 with a 74 percent success rate this season.
- Canucks are 0-4 in their last 4 vs. Central.
- Predators are 4-0 in their last 4 road games vs. a team with a home winning % of less than .400.
- Predators are 4-1 in their last 5 when their opponent scores 2 goals or less in their previous game.
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
At this point, the way the Canucks have been playing, it’s hard not to bet against them. They can’t score goals and when they do, the penalty kill lets them down and they lose games. This has been the case for a while now and until something changes, it’s best to fade the Canucks. And that is what I’m going to do on Thursday night. I’m betting on Nashville to win against Vancouver.
Full-Game Total Pick
Even though Vancouver is struggling, it doesn’t mean they are completely inept. Markstrom is a solid goaltender and Rinne is having an incredible season for Nashville. I’m seeing a 3-1 Nashville victory on Thursday. That means I will be playing the under on Thursday night and cashing another ticket Friday morning.