Future Is Now for Saros & Preds Tuesday vs. Sharks

Jimmy Murphy

Monday, October 22, 2018 5:58 PM UTC

Monday, Oct. 22, 2018 5:58 PM UTC

No Pekka Rinne for the Nashville Predators? No problem! Juuse Saros has arrived! Already, 4-0-0 this season, the young Finnish goaltending phenom is showing the future could be now and he will do so again against the San Jose Sharks Tuesday. Take the Preds and the under!

Murphy Season Record: 16-8-2

San Jose (4-3-1, 4-4 ATS) at Nashville (7-1-0, 7-1 ATS)Tuesday, 8 PM ETFree NHL Pick: Predators, UnderBest Line Offered: BetOnline

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The 2018 Presidents' Trophy winners are on a mission for a bigger prize and the one they fell two games short of in 2017, the Stanley Cup. The Nashville Predators are off to the best start in the NHL at 7-1-0 and showing why they were +1100 to win the Cup entering the 2018-19 season. They’re currently +800 at BetOnline. Meanwhile, another Stanley Cup favorite, the San Jose Sharks have been solid but are looking for more consistency at 4-3-1. In what could be a preview of the 2019 Western Conference Final, two of the best teams and also blue lines in the NHL square off in a heavyweight tilt in Nashville.

With a Nashville blue line consisting of Mattias Ekholm, Ryan Ellis, Roman Josi and P.K. Subban, the Predators have arguably the best defensive corps in the NHL. The only other team that could claim that title on paper would be the Sharks who have Erik Karlsson, Brent Burns, Justin Braun and Marc-Edouard Vlasic as their top four. Combine that with two great goalies in Sarros and Martin Jones facing off, this could be a very tightly contested and low-scoring game.

The Predators are 7-1 against the spread and 3-1 at home. They’ve scored 27 goals and allowed 15 and are 3-4-1 (1-2-1 at home) on the over/under. Nashville is 5-3 on the puck line and 3-1 at home. Filip Forsberg leads the team in goals with 5 and points with 8. Defensemen Mattias Ekholm and Ryan Ellis, and forwards Kyle Turris and Ryan Johansen are all tied in assists with 5 helpers apiece.

The San Jose Sharks are 4-4 against the spread and 2-3 on the road. The Sharks have scored 26 goals and allowed 21. They’re 3-5-0 on the over/under and they’re 1-4-0 on the road. San Jose is 3-5 on the puck line and 1-4 on the road. The Sharks came into the season at +1200 to win the Stanley Cup and you can still get that number at BetOnline.

Logan Couture leads the Sharks in goals with 5 and points with 8. Forward Evander Kane has 4 goals and 7 points, forward Tomas Hertl has 7 points as well with 2 goals and 5 assists, and Burns leads the team in assists with 6 helpers.

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This is @PredsNHL coach Peter Laviolette. The Team had a bet if they won the first two games of the trip thru Western Canada he would wear this..and that's no bull. pic.twitter.com/hZflfgaqzt

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Goaltending Matchup

Jones is off to a decent start this season at 3-3-0 with a 2.36 goals against average and .907 save percentage. Backup Aaron Dell is 1-0-0-1 with a 2.50 GAA and .970 save percentage.

As mentioned above, Saros, currently the interim starter hasn’t lost a game yet this season. He has a 1.54 GAA and .945 save percentage. With Rinne an unrestricted free agent next July, many believe Saros is the starter in waiting and with Rinne out, he has a golden opportunity to prove he is. For those liking unders, it’s worth following how he plays while Saros handles the starting duties.

M*A*S*H Report

For the Sharks, center Joe Thornton (knee) will be on this three-game road trip and could return to action.

As mentioned above, Rinne is on the injured reserve with an undisclosed injury.

Prediction: Predators 3, Sharks 2

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