Nashville Predators at Tampa Bay Lightning - 4/23/22 NHL Picks and Prediction

Nashville Predators at Tampa Bay Lightning - 4/23/22 NHL Picks and Prediction Photo by Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Tampa Bay Lightning (47-22-8) vs Nashville Predators (44-28-5)

Game Info: Saturday, April 23, 2022 at 7:00 pm (Amalie Arena)

Betting Odds: Tampa Bay Lightning -169 / Nashville Predators +136 --- Over/Under: 6 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Tampa Bay Lightning host the Nashville Predators in Saturday NHL Action.

The Nashville Predators come into this road contest with an overall record of 44-28-5. Through 77 games, the Predators are 4th in the Central Division. On the season, they have found the net 247 times, good for a rank of 13th among NHL teams. Heading into the game, Nashville is the 12th-ranked defensive team, allowing opponents to score at an average rate of 2.92 goals per game. So far, the Predators have a strength of schedule rating of 19th in the league. When diving into their opponent-adjusted scoring margin, they come into this game as the 14th-ranked team in the NHL.

The Tampa Bay Lightning get set to host the Nashville Predators with an overall record of 47-22-8. This mark places them 3rd in the Atlantic division. Through 77 games, the Lightning have scored 261 goals, giving them an average of 3.36. This output gives them a rank of 9th among NHL teams. On defense, Tampa Bay is the 7th ranked unit, giving up 2.75 goals per contest. So far, the Lightning have played the 23rd toughest schedule in the league. And, when taking into account Tampa Bay's scoring margin relative to the quality of their competition, they come in with a power ranking of 9th in the NHL.

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Through 77 games, the Nashville Predators' leading goal scorer is Matt Duchene. With his 38 assists, he is the second in overall points, coming in at 78. On the season, he is turning 19.0% of his shots into goals. In addition, the Predators have benefited from the strong play of Roman Josi, who is the team's overall leader in points. In Nashville's 77 games, he has come up with 20 goals on a shooting percentage of 7.6%. While on the ice, his offensive production has led to a plus-minus rating of 16.0. Nashville's top goalie is Juuse Saros, who is giving up an average of 2.57 goals per game. In his 65 games played, he has turned in 42 quality starts, giving him a quality start percentage above the league average.

Through 76 games, the Tampa Bay Lightning's goal and overall scoring leader is Steven Stamkos, with 90 points. He has reached his mark of 34 goals, on a shooting percentage of 15.5%. So far, 38.0% of his goals have come during power play time. Behind him is Victor Hedman, who has 56 assists to go along with his 19 goals. While on the ice, his offensive production has led to a plus-minus rating of +23.0. Tampa Bay's top goalie is Andrei Vasilevskiy, who is giving up an average of 2.46 goals per game. In his 60 games played, he has turned in 38 quality starts, giving him a quality start percentage above the league average.

 

In Nashville's 77 games, the over has hit in over half of their games, going 44-33. So far, taking the over when the Predators are playing away from home, has been a good bet with an over-under record of 27-11. On the season 57.0% of Nashville's games have gone for at least 6 goals or more, with 52.0% of the scoring coming from the Predators. In Tampa Bay's 77 games, the over has hit in over half of their games, going 40-37. So far, taking the over when the Lightning are playing at home, has been a good bet with an over-under record of 20-19. On the season, 55.0% of Tampa Bay's games have gone for at least 6 goals or more, with 55% of the scoring coming from the Lightning. Look for this matchup to fall below the over-under line of 6 goals, as two elite defensive teams should hold this to be a low-scoring game.

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