Nashville Predators at Ottawa Senators - 4/7/22 NHL Picks and Prediction
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Ottawa Senators (26-37-6) vs Nashville Predators (40-25-4)
Game Info: Thursday, April 7, 2022 at 7:00 pm (Canadian Tire Centre)
Betting Odds: Ottawa Senators +150 / Nashville Predators -200 --- Over/Under: 6 Click Here for the Latest Odds
The Ottawa Senators host the Nashville Predators in Thursday NHL Action.
The Nashville Predators come into this road contest with an overall record of 40-25-4. Through 69 games, the Predators are 4th in the Central Division. On the season, they have found the net 230 times, good for a rank of 10th among NHL teams. Heading into the game, Nashville is the 9th ranked defensive team, allowing opponents to score at an average rate of 2.88 goals per game. So far, the Predators have a strength of schedule rating of 27th in the league. When diving into their opponent-adjusted scoring margin, they come into this game as the 11th ranked team in the NHL.
The Ottawa Senators get set to host the Nashville Predators with an overall record of 26-37-6. This mark places them 7th in the Atlantic division. Through 69 games, the Senators have scored 187 goals, giving them an average of 2.7. This output gives them a rank of 27th among NHL teams. On defense, Ottawa is the 21st ranked unit, giving up 3.22 goals per contest. So far, the Senators have played the 5th toughest schedule in the league. And, when taking into account Ottawa's scoring margin relative to the quality of their competition, they come in with a power ranking of 23rd in the NHL.
Coming into this game, the Nashville Predators leader in points is Roman Josi. In his team's 69 games, he has come up with 19 goals and 65 assists. He has scored his goals on a shooting percentage of 8.1%. While on the ice, his offensive production has led to a plus-minus rating of +23.0. The team's top overall goal scorer is Filip Forsberg. Of his 38 goals, 18.0% have come during power play time. Nashville's top goalie is Juuse Saros, who is giving up an average of 2.56 goals per game. In his 58 games played, he has turned in 39 quality starts, giving him a quality start percentage above the league average.
Through 69 games, Ottawa's leading goal scorer is Joshua Norris. With his 30 goals and 15 assists, he is the second in overall points, coming in at 45. On the season, he is turning 21.6% of his shots into goals. In addition, the Senators have benefited from the strong play of Brady Tkachuk, who is the team's overall leader in points. In Ottawa's 69 games, he has come up with 24 goals on a shooting percentage of 10.1%. However, when on the ice, the Senators are -7.0 in scoring differential. Ottawa's top goalie is Anton Forsberg, who is giving up an average of 2.72 goals per game. In his 37 games played, he has turned in 24 quality starts, giving him a quality start percentage above the league average.
In Nashville's 69 games, the over has hit in over half of their games, going 42-27. So far, taking the over when the Predators are playing away from home, has been a good bet with an over-under record of 27-9. On the season, 61.0% of Nashville's games have gone for at least 6 goals or more, with 53.0% of the scoring coming from the Predators. Coming into this game, the Senators have an over-under record of 28-39-2. When playing at home, the over is hitting less than half the time, going 15-20. On the season, 45.0% of Ottawa's games have gone for at least 6 goals or more, with 45.0% of the scoring coming from the Senators. Look for this matchup to fall below the line of 6 goals, as Nashville's goalies have combined for one of the best save percentages on opponent scoring chances while the Senator's offense has generated the 7th fewest scoring chances in the NHL. Look for this game to fall below the betting line of 6 goals.
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