Lightning vs Predators Prediction - NHL Picks 12/7/23

Nashville Predators (13-12) vs Tampa Bay Lightning (12-10-5)

Game Info: Thursday, December 7, 2023 at 8:00 pm (Bridgestone Arena)

Betting Odds: Nashville Predators -108 / Tampa Bay Lightning -111 --- Over/Under: 6.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Tampa Bay Lightning will play the Nashville Predators on Thursday night at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee. Tampa Bay has won two games in a row, while Nashville is also on a two game winning streak. Let’s take a look at the betting matchup and the Lightning vs Predators prediction.

Lightning Preview

The Tampa Bay Lightning are 12-10-5 this year after they defeated Pittsburgh by a score of 3-1 in their last game. Tampa Bay led 3-0 in the third period, but allowed a very late goal to mess up the shutout. The Lightning out shot Pittsburgh by a total of 27-25 and went 2-4 on the power play in the game. Tampa Bay defeated Dallas by a score of 4-0 in the game before Pittsburgh, but they lost the four games prior to that. Tampa Bay is scoring 3.35 goals per game and they are allowing 3.58 goals against per game, while going 31% on the power play and 82.9% on the penalty kill. Nikita Kucherov has led the Lightning with 17 goals, 27 assists, and 126 shots on goal. The projected starting goalie for Tampa Bay is Jonas Johansson, who is 8-5-5 this year with a 3.44 goals against average and a .892 save percentage. 

Predators Preview

The Nashville Predators are 13-12-0 this season after they defeated Chicago in a shootout by a score of 4-3 in their last game. Nashville trailed 3-2 in the second period, but they were able to force overtime and get the win in a shootout. The Predators out shot Chicago by a total of 30-28 and went 1-2 on the power play in the game. Nashville defeated Buffalo by a score of 2-1 in the game prior to Chicago, but they did lose to Minnesota and the Rangers before that. The Predators are scoring 3.16 goals per game and they are allowing 3.20 goals against per game, while going 19.8% on the power play and 73.7% on the penalty kill. Filip Forsberg has led Nashville with 13 goals, 16 assists, and 102 shots on goal. The projected starting goalie for Nashville is Juuse Saros, who is 10-10-0 this season with a 3.03 goals against average and a .900 save percentage. 

Nashville Predators Team Facts

  • The Predators have won each of their last six home games against opponents on a winning streak.
  • The underdogs have covered the puck line in each of the Predators' last six games.
  • The Predators have won the first period in each of their last four games as favorites following a shootout win.
  • The 'Over 1.5 Goals Period 1' market has hit in each of the Predators' last six games following an overtime win.

Tampa Bay Lightning Team Facts

  • The Lightning have lost 11 of their last 12 games on the second leg of a back-to-back.
  • The Lightning have failed to cover the puck line in 14 of their last 15 games on the second leg of a back-to-back.
  • The 'Over 2.5 Goals Period 1' market has hit in seven of the Lightning's last nine games following a home win.
  • The Lightning have lost the first period in seven of their last eight games against Central Division opponents.

Nashville Predators Player Prop Facts

  • Gustav Nyquist has recorded at least one point in eight of the Predators' last nine games at Bridgestone Arena against opponents who are playing on the second leg of a back-to-back.
  • Roman Josi has recorded an assist in four of the Predators' last five games as home favorites against the Lightning.
  • Filip Forsberg has recorded two assists against the Lightning this season - equal-most against any opponent.

Tampa Bay Lightning Player Prop Facts

  • Brayden Point has recorded at least one point in 12 of the Lightning's last 13 games against the Predators.
  • Nikita Kucherov has recorded at least one assist in each of the Lightning's last 11 games.
  • Brayden Point has scored at least one goal in 12 of his last 15 appearances after playing less than 20 minutes the previous day.
  • Nikita Kucherov ranks T1st in the league for Assists (27) this season.

Matchup/League Facts

  • The Nashville Predators ranks 3rd in the league for Period 1 goals scored per game this season (1.24).
  • The Nashville Predators ranks 28th in the league for Period 2 goals allowed per game this season (1.28).
  • The Tampa Bay Lightning ranks 1st in the league for power play goals this season (29).
  • The Tampa Bay Lightning ranks T1st in the league in short handed goals allowed this season (1).

Lightning vs Predators Betting Prediction

Tampa Bay was struggling over the last few weeks, but they bounced back with a shutout win over Dallas and a nice win over Pittsburgh in their last two games. The Lightning did play on Wednesday night, so they will be on the second game of a back to back here. Tampa Bay is 4-7-2 on the road, while Nashville is 8-6-0 at home. Nashville has won two very close games against Chicago and Buffalo in their last two contests and they have won eight of their last ten games. Tampa Bay has struggled on the road and I don’t like them on a back to back. Take the Predators here.  

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