Nashville Predators (22-17-4-3 SU, 20-26 PL, 20-22-4 O/U) vs Minnesota Wild (29-10-3-2 SU, 27-17 PL, 19-17-8 O/U)
When: 8:00 PM ET, Sunday, January 22, 2017
Where: Xcel Energy Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota
Lines: Minnesota -130/Nashville +110
NHL action within the Central Division this evening and the Nashville Predators will grapple with the Minnesota Wild at Xcel Energy Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Preds are off a really big 3-2 road win over the Oilers in OT, while the Wild check in off of a home game against the Ducks. The road team is 9-3 the last 12 games in this series.
Preds Top Oilers On The Road
The Edmonton Oilers have been a surprise team in the league so far, while the Preds have been disappointing, but Nashville was able to win the game 3-2 in the shootout and now they are really starting to play well as they have won five of their last six games. This is the kind of play that was expected of them for much of the year. They are currently in 4th place in the Central Division and if the playoffs started today then they would have the 7th slot in the Western Conference. Scoring in the win over the Oilers was Viktor Arvidsson, which was his 11th of the year and Ryan Ellis, which was his 8th of the year. Scoring the deciding goal in the shootout was James Neal, who is the team’s leading scorer this year with 15 goals so far.
Grabbing the win against the Oilers was Pekka Rinne, who has now gone 17-18 with a 2.35 GAA on the year, including 7-10 with a 2.59 GAA on the road, while vs the Wild in his career he has gone 13-12 with a 2.37 GAA. The Predators enter this game ranked 14th in the league in scoring at 2.70 gpg, while also ranking 7th in shots taken (31.0 spg) and 16th in power play conversions, converting on 17.6% of their chances. At the defensive end of the ice they have been solid as they are 10th in goals allowed, giving up 2.54 gpg, while also ranking 15th in shots allowed (30.3) and 13th in penalty kill, allowing teams to convert on 17.5% of their chances.
Wild Win Tough One Vs Coyotes
The Minnesota wild have really been playing well of late as they have clawed their way to a 1st place tie in the Central Division. In their last game they took out Arizona by a score of 4-3 in a game that should have not been that close as the Wild were favorites of over 340 in the game. They did win the game and have now gone 5-1 in their last six games and they are 15-5 here at home for the year. This is a very good team that can score and they are also very strong in the crease. Scoring in the win over the Coyotes was Eric Staal, which was his 16th of the year, Nino Niederreiter who scored twice and now has 14 on the year and Chris Stewart, which was his 10th of the year. This team will be very tough to beat this year, especially here on their home ice. They have a really good shot at grabbing the number one seed in the West,
Snatching up the win over the Coyotes was Devan Dubnyk, who is now 24-11 with a 1.88 GAA on the year, including 13-5 with a 1.90 GAA here at home, while vs the Preds in his career he has gone 9-8 with a 2.18 GAA. The Wild come into this game ranked 3rd in the league in scoring at 3.27 gpg, while also ranking 18th in shots taken (29.5 spg) and 10th in power play conversions, converting on 21.4% of their chances. At the defensive end of the ice they have been strong so far, ranking 3rd in goals allowed, giving up 2.20 gpg, while also ranking 16th in shots allowed (30.3) and 5th in penalty kill, allowing teams to convert on 15.6% of their chances.
- The Under is 6-1-2 in their last nine vs. a team with a winning record
- The Under is 4-1 in their last five in the third game of a 3-in-4 days situation
- The Under is 4-0-1 in their last five Sunday games
- The Under is 6-2-1 in the last nine meetings here in Minnesota
The Preds are finally starting to play well, but they are taking on one of the better teams in the league right now and on the road. This game should be all about defense. The Wild have not allowed many goals at home and the Preds have not allowed many goals of late. Both teams will have their issues scoring in this one in what should be a hard hitting low scoring battle. Take the Under here.