Nashville Predators (10-5-2 SU, 8-9 O-U)
vs Minnesota Wild (8-7-2 SU, 8-7 O-U)
When: Thursday, Nov. 16th, 8:00 PM ET
Line: NSH +110 / MIN -130
The Wild host the Predators on Thursday night at Xcel Energy Center. Nashville is red-hot with five straight wins heading into the matchup. Minnesota has also been rather consistent with three straight victories of their own. The Wild won three out of five against them last season.
Predators thrash Capitals for fifth straight win
Nashville has bounced back from a rather rocky start to the season and are looking more experienced and poised like a year ago. The offense has scored five or more goals in three of their victories, and the latest came against Washington. They doubled them up 6-3 as the Capitals are still struggling to get a grip on this season. Washington was able to balance things out at 2-2 early in the second period, but the Predators would bounce back with four more goals in the same 20 minutes.
All six goals by the Preds were scored by different players. Left wing Kevin Fiala scored his first goal of the season in this game. He had two points in the game and has nine points on the season (eight assists). Goaltender Pekka Rinne (9-2-2) will likely get the start. He saved 26 shot attempts and finished with a 89.7 save percentage.
Dubnyk notches three consecutive shutouts
Minnesota hasn’t been as fluid on offense in their three-game winning streak, but they haven’t had to be. They’ve notched three straight shutouts on their belt, and that included back-to-back victories over Philadelphia. They scored four total goals against them after taking down Montreal 3-0. The remarkable part of the winning streak is that it started in the middle of a four-game road trip where they lost three consecutive coming into the contest against the Canadiens.
Goaltender Devan Dubnyk (7-6-1) was between the pipes for all three shutouts. It’s remarkable to think that he had a losing record prior to the streak, but he’ll look to rack another one up in this contest. Philadelphia had 17 shots on goal in the second period and he didn’t blink as helped his team hold a 1-0 lead the blew up to 3-0 in the final period.
- 4-1 in their last 5 road games
- 5-2 in their last 7 against teams with a losing record
- 1-4 in their last 5 against Central opponents
- 7-15 in their last 22 games against teams with a winning record
This should be a remarkable matchup of a hot offense against a shutdown defense. While defense is always something to lean on, you should roll with Nashville to finally end Minnesota’s wild run.