The Nashville Predators (14-13-0) travel to face off against the Montreal Canadiens (12-12-3) on Sunday, December 10th. This game will be played at Bell Centre in Montreal and televised on BSSO. The Canadiens are coming off a win in their previous game, while the Predators are looking to get back on track from a loss to the Maple Leafs. Puck drop is set for 7:00 ET.
Nashville Predators vs Montreal Canadiens
The Nashville Predators Look To Bounce Back From A Loss
Currently, the Predators hold an overall record of 14-13-0 for the season. On the road, Nashville has a 5-7-0 record, while they are 9-6-0 at their home venue. They are currently positioned 5th in the Western Central division and 8th in the Western conference. Nashville’s average scoring margin this season is .0 leading to an overall puck line record of 14-13. Their scoring margin at home is +.3 and -0.3 on the road.
After suffering a 4-0 loss on the road to the Maple Leafs, the Predators are looking to bounce back today. Facing the Toronto defense, the Predators were shutout. The Predators’ offense finished with 13 giveaways and attempted 18 shots on goal during the game.
Coming in as the underdog, Nashville not only lost straight-up but also failed to cover the puck line. The game finished below the over/under line of 6.5 with a combined total of 4 goals.
The Montreal Canadiens Are Coming Off A Win
The Canadiens come in with an overall record of 12-12-3. On the road, Montreal has a 6-4-2 record, whereas they are 6-8-1 at home. In the Eastern Atlantic division, they are currently 6th, and in the Eastern conference, they come into the game sitting 12th. Montreal’s average scoring margin this season is -0.7, leading to an overall puck line record of 15-12. At their home arena, they have a scoring margin of -1.0, while on the road, it is -0.4.
The Canadiens recently played against the Sabres and secured a win with a score of 3-2. Offensively, the Canadiens did not score in the first or third periods vs. the Sabres but found the net two times in the second period. Of Montreal’s three goals, one came while in power play. They ended the game with 31 shots on goal and had three giveaways.
Entering the game as the underdog, Montreal came away with a victory against the puck line. The game ended below the over/under line of 6.5, with a combined total of 5 goals.
Nashville Offense Breakdown
Offensively, the Predators come into the game at 3.1 goals per contest placing 12th in the NHL. In terms of shots on goal per game, they are in 12th position in the league. In terms of the Predators’ offense during power plays, they are 9th in power play goals and 11th in shorthanded goals.
The Predators’ over/under record this season is 12-11-4. For the season, they have had 16 games failing to surpass this game’s over/under line of 6.5. Overall, their games are averaging 6.3 goals per game.
Montreal Offense Breakdown
On the offensive side, the Canadiens are scoring an 2.7 goals per game this season, ranking 28th in the NHL. When it came to shots on target per game, they are 24th in the league. The Canadiens went 2-1 in games where they had more shots than their opponents. However, in games with fewer shots on goal, their record was 10-11.
The Canadiens’ over/under record this season is 12-14-1. For the season, they have had 15 games failing to surpass this game’s over/under line of 6.5. Overall, their games are averaging 6.3 goals per game.
Nashville Team Defense
Defensively, the Predators are currently 14th in goals allowed. On average, opponents are taking 30.4 shots per game against Nashville. They also are 16th in shutouts, coming in with 1 shutouts.
Montreal Team Defense
Entering the game, the Canadiens’ defense ranks 29th in takeaways, averaging 4.9 takeaways per contest. In the NHL, they currently stand at 4th in terms of goals allowed, giving up an average of 3.3 goals per game.
Predators vs Canadiens Trends
- Across their three previous road games, Nashville has an puck line mark of 1-2. Their straight up record in these matchups was 2-1 while averaging 2 goals per game.
- Through their last ten home games, Montreal has an puck line record of just 6-4. However, their overall record was 5-5 while averaging 2 goals per game.
- Through their last five games as the betting underdog, the Canadiens have a strong record vs the puck line going 3-2. Their straight up mark in these contests is 2-3.
- Although the Predators have a strong straight up record in their last three games as the betting favorite, they have not done as well vs the puck line going 1-2.
When it comes to a moneyline wager, I’m going with the Canadiens to defeat the Predators while playing at home. Given the current moneyline odds at +137, I’m placing a wager on the Canadiens to win outright.
Our projections have the Canadiens pulling out a win as the underdog. But if you’re not as bullish as we are on the Canadiens, we’d recommend at least getting a bet down on them to cover the puck line.
For those looking at the over/under line set at 6.5 goals, our expectation is that this game will surpass that mark, and we suggest making a bet on the over.
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