The Nashville Predators (14-12-0) travel to face off against the Toronto Maple Leafs (13-6-4) on Saturday, December 9th. This game will be played at Scotiabank Arena in Toronto and televised on BSSO. Both team’s come into this one having won their previous games. Puck drop is set for 7:00 ET.
Nashville Predators vs Toronto Maple Leafs
The Nashville Predators Are Coming Off A Win
As they head into their game vs. the Maple Leafs, the Predators have a 14-12-0 record thus far. While playing at home, their record stands at 9-6-0, and they have 5-6-0 mark on the road. They are currently positioned 5th in the Western Central division and 8th in the Western conference. Looking at Nashville’s average scoring margin, it is +.2, which has led to a puck line record of 14-12. When playing at home, their scoring margin is +.3, and on the road, it is .0.
In their previous game, the Predators hosted the Lightning and game away with a 5-1 win. The Predators’ offense scored in each period against the Lightning. Of Nashville’s five goals, two came while in power play. They ended the game with 30 shots on goal and had 11 giveaways.
Nashville secured a win against the puck line, entering the game as the favorites with a -1.5 goal advantage. The over/under line for the game was 6.5, and it concluded with a combined total of 6 goals.
The Toronto Maple Leafs Are Coming Off A Win
As they head into their game vs. the Predators, the Maple Leafs have a 13-6-4 record thus far. While playing at home, their record stands at 7-4-1, and they have 6-2-3 mark on the road. This record has them sitting 4th in the Eastern Atlantic division and 5th in the Eastern conference. This season, Toronto’s average scoring margin is +.1, which has their puck line record at 5-18. Their average home scoring margin is -0.1, and in road games, it stands at +.4.
In their most recent matchup, the Maple Leafs played against the Senators and won with a score of 4-3. Offensively, the Maple Leafs couldn’t break through in the first period, but they scored two times in the second period and two goals in the third. All four goals came at even strength. They finished with 22 shots on goal and had 6 turnovers.
Although Toronto secured a straight-up win, they did not cover the puck line, as they were favored by -1.5. The combined total of 7 goals exceeded the over/under line, which was set at 6.5 goals for the game.
Nashville Offense Breakdown
On offense, the Predators are averaging 3.2 goals per game which is 10th in the NHL. In terms of shots on goal per game, they are 12th in the league. This year, the Predators have recorded a 7-7 record in games where they outshoot their opponent. For games with fewer shots on goal, they have 7-5 record.
This season, the Predators’ have an over/under record of 12-10-4. Throughout the season, they have played 15 games that did not exceed the 6.5 over/under line. On average, their games are averaging 6.4 goals per game.
Toronto Offense Breakdown
On the offensive side, the Maple Leafs are scoring an 3.3 goals per game this season, ranking 20th in the NHL. When it came to shots on target per game, they are 26th in the league. This season, the Maple Leafs are 5-3 when getting more shots on goal than their opponents. And in games with fewer shots on goal, they have a 7-3 record.
This season, the Maple Leafs have an over/under record of 12-10-1. Throughout the season, they have played 13 games that went over the 6.5 over/under line. The average number of goals in their games is 6.8 per game.
Nashville Team Defense
Nashville defense takes on the Maple Leafs ranked 15th in goals allowed. On average, opponents are averaging 30.2 shots per game against Nashville. They alsso are 15th in shutouts, with 1 shutouts.
Toronto Team Defense
The Maple Leafs’ defense comes into the game with a ranking of 13th in takeaways and an average of 7.6 takeaways per contest. They hold 20th place in the NHL for goals allowed, with an average of 3.2 goals given up per game.
Predators vs Maple Leafs Trends
- Across the Predators last five road games, the team averaged 3 goals per game while allowing 3. Their record vs the puck line in these contests was 2-3, while going 3-2 straight-up.
- Through their last ten home contests, the Maple Leafs offense has averaged 3 goals per game while allowing an average of 2. Toronto posted an overall record of 6-4 while going 2-8 ATS.
- As the betting underdog, the Maple Leafs have an puck line record of 3-0 in their last three games. In these matchups their, straight up record was 2-1.
- Over the team’s last three games as the favorite, the Predators struggled vs the puck line going just 1-2. However, they still had a straight up mark of 2-1.
If you’re considering a direct moneyline bet, the Maple Leafs is the choice to make. However, with a payout of -181, you might want to use this bet as a building block for a parlay.
If you’re looking for a puck line bet, I’d suggest going with the Predators to cover. Even in the event of a Maple Leafs victory, this game is expected to be closely fought, and the Predators should cover the puck line.
When considering the over/under line, which is currently at 6.5 goals, we believe that this game will go over that threshold, and we recommend wagering on the over.
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