Knights' Inconsistency Continues In Nashville & Preds Happy to Pounce

Jimmy Murphy

Monday, October 29, 2018 6:22 PM UTC

Monday, Oct. 29, 2018 6:22 PM UTC

The Vegas Golden Knights have been a crapshoot (pun very much intended) and the Nashville Predators have been a lucky 7, sitting above the Central Division and Western Conference for most of the season.

Murphy's NHL season picks record: 18-15-2

Vegas (5-5-1, 5-6 ATS) at Nashville (8-3-0, 8-3 ATS)Tuesday 8 p.m. ET (NBCSN)Free NHL Picks: Predators ML & 'Under'Best Lines Offered: BetOnline

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Despite not winning the Stanley Cup last June, it ironically has been the Vegas Golden Knights, and not the defending champion Washington Capitals, who seem to have the dreaded Stanley Cup hangover. The Knights have been wildly inconsistent and enter this tilt with the Western Conference-leading Nashville Predators at Bridgestone Arena with a 5-5-1 record, hovering at the bottom of the standings. The Knights entered this season at +1100 to win the Stanley Cup and are now +1600.

Meanwhile, the Predators, last season’s Presidents' Trophy winners, look not only poised to be the best regular-season team again but also like the team that made the Stanley Cup Final in 2017 and want to take care of unfinished business. Nashville entered the season at +1100 to win the Cup and is now +800 at BetOnline. They’re 8-3-0 and have been one of the most consistent teams in the NHL thus far. Despite being just 3-3-0 in Smashville, they’re always a tough out there and will want to put on a show not just for their fans but for the NHL in this nationally televised game. They will do that but will do so with the usual spectacular goaltending from Juuse Saros and arguably the best blue line in the game with a top four of Mattias Ekholm, Roman Josi, Ryan Ellis and P.K. Subban. Nashville was 1-1-0-1 against Vegas last season but they should change that this season. Check the NHL odds board and take the Preds money line and the "under" for your NHL picks.

The Predators are 8-3 against the spread and 3-3 at home. Nashville has scored 38 goals and allowed 28. They’re 6-4-1 on the over/under and 3-2-1 at home. The Preds are 5-6 on the puck line and 3-3 at home.

Filip Forsberg leads the Predators with 10 goals and 14 points. Ryan Johansen has two goals but leads the team in assists with 11. Subban leads the blue line with two goals and seven assists.

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GOAL! #Preds get one right back. Fil with his second of the afternoon. 4-2. #EDMvsNSH pic.twitter.com/HoKifYSCqo

— Nashville Predators (@PredsNHL) October 27, 2018
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The Knights are 5-6 against the spread and 2-3 on the road. Vegas has scored 26 goals and allowed 30. They’re 4-7-0 on the over/under and 2-3-0 on the road. The Knights are 5-6 on the puck line and 2-3 on the road.

Forward Jonathan Marchessault leads Vegas in goals (6) and points (11). William Karlsson leads in assists with six. Defenseman Nick Holden leads the blue line with three assists.

Goaltending Matchup

For the Knights, Marc-Andre Fleury is once again the workhorse this season, starting all but one game. Fleury, who is 5-4-0-1 with a 2.50 GAA and .897 save percentage, should get the nod in Smashville. Backup Malcolm Subban is 0-1-0 with a 2.70 GAA and .871 save percentage.

For the Preds, Saros has done a great job filling in for the injured Pekka Rinne and is 5-2-0 with a 2.73 GAA and .912 save percentage.

M*A*S*H Report

Knights forward Cody Eakin left Sunday’s 4-3 win over the Senators with a upper-body injury and is day-to-day. Forward Max Pacioretty (UBI) did not play Sunday and is day-to-day. Forward Paul Stastny is out two months with a lower-body injury. Defenseman Nate Schmidt is eligible to return from suspension on November 18.

For the Predators, defenseman Dan Hamhuis (undisclosed) is day-to-day. Rinne (undisclosed) practiced Monday but won’t play.

Prediction: Predators 2, Golden Knights 1

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