Nashville Predators Travel to Seattle to Face the Kraken
The Nashville Predators will travel to the Climate Pledge Arena on Wednesday night to take on the Seattle Kraken in a Western Conference game. The Predators are fourth in the Central Division. (30-19-4, 64 points) While the Kraken are last in the Pacific Division (16-33-5, 37 points) so far this year.
Defenseman Roman Josi, left winger Filip Forsberg, and goalie Philipp Grubauer all expected to be on the ice here. It should be an entertaining and star-studded game to see.
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The Nashville Predators have been playing well on the offensive side of things as they are scoring 3.04 goals on 29.2 shot attempts this season.
The Predators are doing well as they are seventh in the sport with a 23.9 power play percentage. They have been led by defenseman Roman Josi, who is tied for ninth in the NHL in assists. He has posted 53 points (14 goals, 39 assists) but scored two points in his previous three games.
Goaltender Juuse Saros has been playing pretty well in the net for the Predators this season. He is 25-16-3 with 2.46 goals allowed and 92.3 percent of all shots. As a team, Nashville is allowing 2.81 goals on 31.9 shot attempts. They need to improve at killing penalties as they are 16th in hockey with a 79.5 penalty kill percentage.
Seattle has been struggling on the offensive side of the ice as they are averaging 2.56 goals on 28.1 shot attempts this year. The Kraken have to be better with the man advantage. As they have the fourth-lowest power play percentage at just 15.2 percent as a team. Kraken Center Alex Wennberg is leading the team in assists as he has 23 points (four goals, 19 assists) this season. He recorded only a single point in his previous six games.
Defensively, there have been issues as the Kraken are giving up 3.56 goals on 29 shot attempts against them. They have a 76.5 penalty kill percentage, which is currently 24th in the entire league.
Goalie Philipp Grubauer has struggled in the goal as he is just 12-22-5 with an 88.8 save percentage and gives up 3.17 goals per game.
The difference in this game will be on the offensive side of the ice as Nashville is scoring 2.8 goals in their previous five games. Seattle is averaging 1.8 goals in their last four games.
We highlighted the save percentage in this game for both starting goalies, and there is a distinct difference there as well. The Predators are 31-22 ATS this year, while the Kraken are 24-30 ATS so far.
All in all, go with the Nashville Predators to go on the road and cover the puck line against an inferior team.
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