The Nashville Predators (25-21-1) travel to face off against the Minnesota Wild (21-21-5) on Thursday, January 25th. This game will be played at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul and televised on ESPN+. The Wild are coming off a win in their previous game, while the Predators are looking to get back on track from a loss to the Panthers. Puck drop is set for 8:00 ET.
Predators vs Wild
The Nashville Predators Look To Bounce Back From A Loss
On the season, the Predators are 25-21-1 and sit in 8th place in the Western Conference. In the Central Division, Nashville is in 4th place. When playing on the road this year, the Predators have gone 12-9-1.
Over their last ten games, the Predators have gone 5-5, and they have lost their last two games. As the underdog this season, Nashville is 15-13-1.
On the season, the Predators have an average scoring margin of .0 goals per game. Their puck line record for the year is 25-22, and they have 13 wins by multiple goals.
So far, Nashville has been the underdog in 29 games, going 19-10 against the puck line in those contests. In their last ten road games, the team’s puck line record is 7-3.
Following a 4-1 loss at home to the Panthers, the Predators are eager to bounce back. The Predators offense struggled in the first and third periods versus the Panthers, but they did score one time in the second period. Nashville’s’s lone goal during the game occurred at even strength. They ended with 27 shots on goal in total.
As the underdog, Nashville suffered both a straight-up and loss vs. the puck line. The over/under line for the game was 6, and it concluded with a combined total of 5 goals.
The Minnesota Wild Are Coming Off A Win
At home this season, the Wild have gone 12-9-3 and have won three straight games. In the Central Division, Minnesota is in seventh place with a record of 3-7. Over their last ten games, the Wild have gone 5-5, and they have gone 4-1 in their last five games.
On the year, Minnesota has gone 21-21-5, and they are 13th in the Western Conference. As the favorite, the Wild have gone 14-4-2, and they have won two straight games when favored. Against Western Conference opponents, Minnesota is 8-11.
At home, the Wild are 12-12 vs. the puck line and 6-4 in their last ten home games. Overall, Minnesota has 14 wins by multiple goals and an average scoring margin of -0.3 goals per game.
So far, the Wild’s puck line record is 25-22, and they have gone 3-0 vs. the puck line in their previous three games. Against the puck line, Minnesota is 9-11 when favored and 16-11 as the underdog.
In their most recent game, the Wild hosted the Capitals and secured a 5-3 victory. In all three periods, the Wild’s offense found the net against the Capitals. All five goals came at even strength. They finished with 30 shots on goal and had 4 turnovers.
Minnesota secured a win against the puck line, entering the game as the favorites with a -1.5 goal advantage. With a combined total of 8 goals, the teams exceeded the over/under line of 5.5 goals set for the game.
Nashville Offense Breakdown
On the offensive side, the Predators are scoring an 3 goals per game this season, ranking 18th in the NHL. When it came to shots on target per game, they are 13th in the league. Nashville’s offense comes into the game ranked 12th in power play goals. And in terms of shorthanded goals, they are 9th in the NHL.
This season, the Predators’ have an over/under record of 20-22-5. Throughout the season, they have played 21 games that did not exceed the 6 over/under line. On average, their games are averaging 6.2 goals per game.
Wild Offense Breakdown
Offensively, the Wild come into the game at 3 goals per contest placing 19th in the NHL. In terms of shots on goal per game, they are in 20th position in the league. So far this year, the Wild are 12-8 in games they have had more shots on goal than their opponent. They are 9-13 in games with fewer shots on goal.
This season, the Wild have an over/under record of 24-19-4. Throughout the season, they have played 25 games that went over the 6 over/under line. The average number of goals in their games is 6.5 per game.
Nashville Team Defense
Nashville defense takes on the Wild ranked 16th in goals allowed. On average, opponents are averaging 30.1 shots per game against Nashville. They also are 14th in shutouts, with 2 shutouts.
Minnesota Team Defense
Defensively, the Wild come into the season ranked 14th in goals allowed. Opponents are averaging 30.6 shots per game against Minnesota. For the season, they are ranked 12th in shutouts, coming in with 3 shutouts.
Predators vs Wild Trends
- When looking at their past five road matchups, Nashville has an puck line record of 3-2 while averaging 3 per game. The team went 3-2 overall in these games.
- In their last ten games at home, the Wild have a straight up record of 4-6 while going 6-4 vs the spread. The team’s offense averaged 2 goals per game in these contests.
- Going back to their last ten games as the underdog, the Wild have a straight up record of 2-8. But, their mark vs the puck line was just 4-6.
- The last three games that Nashville was favored, they have an puck line mark of 0-3 while going 0-3 straight up.
For a moneyline pick, I’m taking the Predators to pick up on a win over the Wild and the road. With the moneyline sitting at +101, I’ll be locking in a bet on the Predators straight-up.
If you’re looking to get a bet down on this matchup, we foresee the Predators winning the underdog. However, if you’re not as confident in the Predators straight-up, we’d still recommend placing a bet on them to cover the puck line.
For those looking at the over/under line set at 6 goals, our expectation is that this game will surpass that mark, and we suggest making a bet on the over.
All odds are courtesy of Action247 Sportsbook. Good luck!!
* All odds are provided by Action247 Sportsbook and all odds subject to change.**All views expressed are my own. My picks are my own and are not a guarantee, bet at your own risk.Action247 does not warrant the accuracy of completeness of the information, text, graphics, links or other items contained within these post.