Rangers vs Predators Prediction - NHL Picks 12/2/23

Nashville Predators (11-11) vs New York Rangers (16-4-1)

Game Info: Saturday, December 2, 2023 at 4:30 pm (Bridgestone Arena)

Betting Odds: Nashville Predators +114 / New York Rangers -137 --- Over/Under: 5.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The New York Rangers will play the Nashville Predators on Saturday afternoon at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee. New York has won four of their last five games, while Nashville had their winning streak snapped in their last game. Let’s take a look at the betting matchup and the Rangers vs Predators prediction. 

Rangers Preview

The New York Rangers are 16-4-1 this season after they defeated Detroit by a score of 3-2 in their last game. New York trailed 2-1 in the third period, but they scored two goals in about six minutes to take the lead. The Rangers out shot Detroit by a total of 41-27 and went 0-2 on the power play in the game. New York lost to Buffalo in the game prior to Detroit, but they defeated Boston, Philadelphia, and Pittsburgh in the three games before that. The Rangers are scoring 3.29 goals per game and they are allowing 2.43 goals against per game, while going 29.2% on the power play and 85.7% on the penalty kill. Artemi Panarin has led the Rangers with 12 goals, 19 assists, and 82 shots on goal. The projected starting goalie for New York is Jonathan Quick, who is 6-0-1 this year with a 1.99 goals against average and a .930 save percentage. 

Predators Preview

The Nashville Predators are 11-11-0 this year after they lost to Minnesota by a score of 6-1 in their last game. Nashville trailed 5-0 in the third period, but they were able to get a goal to avoid the shutout. The Predators were out shot by a total of 31-27 and went 0-4 on the power play in the game. Nashville had won their previous six games, including wins over Colorado, Winnipeg, and Pittsburgh. The Predators are scoring 3.23 goals per game and they are allowing 3.27 goals against per game, while going 19.1% on the power play and 73.6% on the penalty kill. Filip Forsberg has led Nashville with 12 goals, 15 assists, and 92 shots on goal. The projected starting goalie for Nashville is Juuse Saros, who is 8-9-0 this season with a 3.17 goals against average and a .895 save percentage. 

Nashville Predators Team Facts

  • The underdogs have won eight of the Predators' last 10 games at Bridgestone Arena.
  • The Predators have covered the puck line in eight of their last nine games as home underdogs.
  • The Predators have won the first period in four of their last five day games at Bridgestone Arena.
  • The 'Over 1.5 Goals Period 1' market has hit in each of the Predators' last eight games as home underdogs.

New York Rangers Team Facts

  • The Rangers have won seven of their last eight games against opponents on a winning streak.
  • The Rangers have covered the puck line in eight of their last nine day games following a home win.
  • The 'Over 1.5 Goals Period 1' market has hit in each of the Rangers' last four day games.
  • The Rangers have lost the second period in seven of their last eight games following a home win.

Nashville Predators Player Prop Facts

  • Ryan O'Reilly has scored a goal in four of his last five appearances against the Rangers.
  • Ryan O'Reilly has recorded at least one point in each of his last six appearances against the Rangers.
  • Roman Josi has recorded at least one assist in 10 of his last 12 appearances against Metropolitan Division opponents.
  • Tyson Barrie has recorded two assists against the Rangers this season - equal-most against any opponent.

New York Rangers Player Prop Facts

  • Adam Fox has recorded at least one point in eight of his last nine appearances against Central Division opponents.
  • Filip Chytil has scored a goal in each of the Rangers' last three games at Bridgestone Arena.
  • Artemi Panarin has recorded at least one assist in 14 of the Rangers' last 16 games as favorites against Central Division opponents.
  • Chris Kreider ranks T2nd in the league for Power Play Goals (7) this season.

Matchup/League Facts

  • The Nashville Predators ranks T28th in the league for Period 3 goals scored per game this season (0.73).
  • The Nashville Predators ranks T7th in the league in short handed goals allowed this season (2).
  • The New York Rangers ranks 7th in the league in penalty kill percentage this season (85.71%).
  • The New York Rangers ranks 3rd in the league in save percentage this season (.918).

Rangers vs Predators Betting Prediction 

New York enters this matchup as one of the best teams in the NHL and they are a staggering 9-2-1 on the road this year, while Nashville is 8-5-0 at home. The Predators were blown out in their last game, but they have played very well over the last two weeks, especially on defense. I know Nashville has won six of their last seven games, but I have to side with New York in this game. The Rangers have been too good this year and their defense is absolutely shutting teams down. Take New York to get the road win here. 

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a PickDawgz site consensus.

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