Washington Capitals at Nashville Predators - 2/15/22 NHL Picks and Prediction

Washington Capitals at Nashville Predators - 2/15/22 NHL Picks and Prediction Photo by © Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Nashville Predators (28-16-4) vs Washington Capitals (26-15-9)

Game Info: Tuesday, February 15, 2022 at 8:00 pm (Bridgestone Arena)

Betting Odds: Nashville Predators -133 / Washington Capitals +105 --- Over/Under: 6 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Nashville Predators host the Washington Capitals in Tuesday NHL ActionThe Washington Capitals come into this road contest with an overall record of 26-15-9. Through 50 games, the Capitals are 4th in the Metropolitan Division. On the season, they have found the net 162 times, good for a rank of 6th among NHL teams. Heading into the game, Washington is the 17th ranked defensive team, allowing opponents to score at an average rate of 2.78 goals per game. So far, the Capitals have a strength of schedule rating of 25th in the league. When diving into their opponent-adjusted scoring margin, they come into this game as the 12th ranked team in the NHL.

The Nashville Predators get set to host the Washington Capitals with an overall record of 28-16-4. This mark places them 3rd in the Central division. Through 48 games, the Predators have scored 149 goals, giving them an average of 3.08. This output gives them a rank of 12th among NHL teams. On defense, Nashville is the 12th ranked unit, giving up 2.75 goals per contest. So far, the Predators have played the 28th toughest schedule in the league. And, when taking into account Nashville's scoring margin relative to the quality of their competition, they come in with a power ranking of 13th in the NHL.

Through 48 games, the Washington Capitals goal and overall scoring leader is Alex Ovechkin with 60 points. He has reached his mark of 29 goals, on a shooting percentage of 13.2%. So far, 24.0% of his goals have come during power play time. Behind him is Evgeny Kuznetsov, who has 33 assists to go along with his 15 goals. While on the ice, his offensive production has led to a plus-minus rating of +12.0. Washington's top goalie is Ilya Samsonov, who is giving up an average of 2.91 goals per game. In his 27 games played, he has yet to come up with a quality start.

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Coming into this game, the Nashville Predators leader in points is Roman Josi. In Nashville's 48 games, he has come up with 13 goals and 34 assists. He has scored his goals on a shooting percentage of 8.0%.The team's top overall goal scorer is Filip Forsberg. Of his 24 goals, 17.0% have come during power play time. While on the ice, his offensive production has led to a plus-minus rating of +6.0. Nashville's top goalie is Juuse Saros, who is giving up an average of 2.43 goals per game. In his 40 games played, he has turned in 28 quality starts, giving him a quality start percentage above the league average.

In Nashville's 48 games, they have an above .500 record against the spread, going 27-20. So far, the Predators have been a good bet at home as they have covered in 13 of their 21 games at Bridgestone Arena.On the season, the Nashville Predators have a per-game scoring differential of 0.31. On the other side, the Washington Capitals have a below .500 record over their past five games, going 2-3. During this stretch, they have scored 17 goals, accounting for 47.0% of the scoring in these contests. Look for the Predators to pick up the win at home over the Capitals.

 

 

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