Predators vs Rangers Prediction - NHL Picks 10/19/23

New York Rangers (2-1) vs Nashville Predators (1-3)

Game Info: Thursday, October 19, 2023 at 7:00 pm (Madison Square Garden)

Betting Odds: New York Rangers -227 / Nashville Predators +180 --- Over/Under: 6 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Nashville Predators and New York Rangers face off on Thursday in an NHL showdown at Madison Square Garden.

Awful Start for the Predators

The Predators come into this game with a 1-3 record overall and they are coming off another loss in the last game. The Predators only scored against the Edmonton Oilers once but the defense gave up six goals on the way to the defeat. Tommy Novak scored a goal and finished with six shots on goal. In goal in the last game Juuse Saros saved seven of the 11 shots he finished. Kevin Lankinen saved 17 of the 19 shots he faced. In this game the Predators need the defense to step up here. 

Predators Betting Trends

  • The favorites have won each of the Predators' last six games.
  • The Predators have failed to cover the puck line in four of their last five games at Madison Square Garden following a loss.
  • The favorites have won the third period in six of the Predators' last eight games at Madison Square Garden.
  • The 'Over 1.5 Goals Period 1' market has hit in five of the Predators' last seven games as underdogs against Metropolitan Division opponents.

How Will Rangers Defense Perform?

The Rangers defense has been good this season in two games and those are the two games they have won. In the one game they lost though, the defense gave up five goals to the Columbus Blue Jackets and that led to the two goal defeat. In the last game against the Arizona Coyotes the defense was really good giving up only one goal and that led to the victory. Chris Kreider and Vincent Trocheck both scored a goal. In this game the Rangers need the defense to step up. 

Rangers Betting Trends

  • The Rangers have lost each of their last three games as favorites following a home win.
  • The road team has covered the puck line in six of the last seven games between the Predators and Rangers.
  • The 'Over 1.5 Goals Period 1' market has hit in 14 of the Rangers' last 16 night games against opponents on a losing streak.
  • The Rangers have won the first period in each of their last six games as home favorites following a home win.

Shane’s Free Pick

The Rangers defense has been good in two of the games and they are going to lockdown again in this game. The Rangers are going to score at least 4 goals off the Predators defense and that is going to be the difference here as the Rangers are going to get the job done here. Back the Rangers on the puck line to cash here. 

Shane’s Pick Rangers -1.5

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