Pittsburgh Penguins at Nashville Predators - 3/15/22 NHL Picks and Prediction

Pittsburgh Penguins at Nashville Predators - 3/15/22 NHL Picks and Prediction Photo by Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Nashville Predators (34-21-4) vs Pittsburgh Penguins (36-15-9)

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

Betting Odds: Nashville Predators -118 / Pittsburgh Penguins -110 --- Over/Under: 6 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Nashville Predators host the Pittsburgh Penguins in Tuesday NHL Action.

The Pittsburgh Penguins come into this road contest with an overall record of 36-15-9. Through 60 games, the Penguins are 2nd in the Metropolitan Division. On the season, they have found the net 197 times, good for a rank of 10th among NHL teams. Heading into the game, Pittsburgh is the 5th ranked defensive team, allowing opponents to score at an average rate of 2.58 goals per game. So far, the Penguins have a strength of schedule rating of 28th in the league. When diving into their opponent-adjusted scoring margin, they come into this game as the 6th ranked team in the NHL.

The Nashville Predators get set to host the Pittsburgh Penguins with an overall record of 34-21-4. This mark places them 3rd in the Central division. Through 59 games, the Predators have scored 190 goals, giving them an average of 3.19. This output gives them a rank of 14th among NHL teams. On defense, Nashville is the 8th ranked unit, giving up 2.78 goals per contest. So far, the Predators have played the 22nd 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 12th in the NHL.

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Through 54 games, the Pittsburgh Penguins goal and overall scoring leader is Jake Guentzel with 59 points. He has reached his mark of 28 goals, on a shooting percentage of 15.1%. So far, 21.0% of his goals have come during power play time. Behind him is Sidney Crosby, who has 38 assists to go along with his 20 goals. While on the ice, his offensive production has led to a plus-minus rating of +13.0. Pittsburgh's top goalie is Tristan Jarry, who is giving up an average of 2.32 goals per game. In his 47 games played, he has turned in 28 quality starts, giving him a quality start percentage above the league average.

Coming into this game, the Nashville Predators leader in points is Roman Josi. In Nashville's 59 games, he has come up with 17 goals and 49 assists. He has scored his goals on a shooting percentage of 8.5%.The team's top overall goal scorer is Filip Forsberg. Of his 31 goals, 16.0% have come during power play time. While on the ice, his offensive production has led to a plus-minus rating of +14.0. Nashville's top goalie is Juuse Saros, who is giving up an average of 2.44 goals per game. In his 49 games played, he has turned in 32 quality starts, giving him a quality start percentage above the league average.

On the season, the Pittsburgh Penguins have a per-game scoring differential of 0.62. Even when playing on the road, the team is winning games by an averge margin of 0.93 goals. Heading into their game with the Nashville Predators, the Penguins have a 3-2 record over their past five contests. In these games, they have scored 19 goals, accounting for 61.0% of the overall scoring. A key to this recent success is the fact that they have outscored their usual output of 3.25 goals per game 3 times. In what figures to be a tightly contested contest, look for the Penguins to pull out the road win.

 

 

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