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#17 New Jersey Devils 6 vs.
#18 Nashville Predators -245
Saturday, December 7, 2019 at 8:05pm EST
Bridgestone Arena, Nashville
Written by Valdis Pans

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A four-game losing run takes the New Jersey Devils (8th in Metropolitan Division) to a no-rest road contest against the Nashville Predators (6th in Central), who have dropped three of their past four decisions…

Devils Lose Fourth In Row

The current back-to-back stretch of the New Jersey Devils (9-14-5) earned the team a point, as it was edged out with a 2-1 score following a shootout by the Chicago Blackhawks at Prudential Center last night. Taylor Hall (5 goals, 23 points this year) scored a first-period power-play snap shot before the ‘Hawks tied the proceedings with their own man-advantage snipe during the following frame. Nikita Gusev (5 goals, 13 points) and Jesper Boqvist (2 goals, 2 points) lit the lamp in the tiebreaker, which New Jersey lost 3-2 in five rounds. The Devils are 0-3-1 in their past four matchups and 5-7-0 when playing on the road.

Goalie Mackenzie Blackwood (8-8-4 on the year with a 3.05 GAA and a .899 save percentage) stopped 28 shots versus Chicago, but is set to give way in the crease to Louis Domingue for the following fixture. Domingue is 1-2-0 for the current campaign with a 3.46 GAA and a .870 save percentage, and has posted a 3-1-1 past total against the Nashville Predators with a 1.95 GAA and a .941 save percentage. The Devils, meanwhile, are 2nd in least goals netted per game (2.46), 2nd in most goals conceded on average (3.54), 28th in power play (13.6%) and 26th in penalty kill (75.5%).

Preds Drop Second Straight

The Nashville Predators (12-10-5) started their current three-game homestand with their second consecutive defeat (0-1-1), dropping a 3-2 overtime decision against the Tampa Bay Lightning at Bridgestone Arena on Tuesday. Kyle Turris (5 goals, 11 points this year) assisted on a 1-1 second-period equalizer by Calle Jarnkrok (10 goals, 18 points) before tying the game at 2-2 with a power-play goal of his own midway through the third period ahead of Tampa Bay’s winner at 2:35 of the extra session. The Preds have lost three of their past four contests (1-1-2) and are 7-5-4 on own ice so far this season.

Goalie Pekka Rinne made 28 saves against the Bolts, taking his current performance status to 9-4-3 for the ongoing campaign with a 2.84 GAA and a .899 save percentage. He has registered a 4-2-3 past total against the New Jersey Devils with a 2.38 GAA and a .914 save percentage. The Predators, meanwhile, are netting the 7th highest quantity of goals per game (3.26), while allowing the 10th highest amount in their defensive zone (3.19). They are 22nd in power play (16.5%) and 24th in penalty kill (75.9%).

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Neither side has enjoyed their last few outings, with the Devils riding a four-game losing run, while the Predators have failed to win three of their past four contests. The home advantage would normally benefit Nashville. The Preds, however, have already lost seven of their previous eight domestic fixtures and are 1-3 against New Jersey in their last four meetings in Nashville. The team has also managed to drop seven of its past eight games as a favorite, while the Devils will be desperate to notch their first win under interim coach Alain Nasreddine, who keeps improving the team slightly.

Prediction: New Jersey Devils (+190)

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Three of the past four head-to-head encounters between the Predators and the Devils have ended with just a modest amount of strikes on the scoreboard, averaging no more than three strikes per fixture. So, banking on this one to go below the set goal-mark is not the worst of options! Five of the previous six contests of the Devils against teams from the Central Division have already gone under the total, as have six of the last seven games of the Predators versus the Eastern Conference.

Prediction: Under 6
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Written By Valdis Pans

Valdis got his first ever article published when he was 13, and has rarely stopped. He has worked for FHM, MTV Baltics and has done loads of freelance (from columns for Cosmopolitan magazine to helping with organization of Macy Gray's shows in the Northern Europe). Speaks five different languages, loves pizza, American Horror Story and pipe organ music, and knows European soccer better than dates of his family members' birthdays. Is an avid fan of ice-hockey too. He is a Latvian after all...