Nashville To Get a Small Favorite Road Victory

Dana Lane

Wednesday, December 13, 2017 7:23 PM UTC

Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017 7:23 PM UTC

The Consistent Predators open up a three-game Western road swing with their first stop in Vancouver to take on the Canucks at Rogers Arena; Puck drops at 10:00 ET / 7:00 PT

Nashville Predators vs Vancouver Canucks

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Free NHL Pick: Nashville Predators -128Best Line Offered: at BetOnline

Interesting betting pattern here, both the professional bettors and the general public have jumped on the Vancouver Canucks. According to the SBR Odds page the Predators opened as a -145 favorite but quickly were bet down to -128 at BetOnline. Most every book has money on the Canucks allowing us to get a much better wager than if we had jumped on the opening number. Personally, I like to wait to see where a number is going to fall before putting my money behind it. Usually, I’ll have a few spots I’m looking at, and then I jump on the game that provides the least amount of money from me to complete the wager. So when Nashville fell to the high 20’s, I was all over it and why not.

It’s been a long time since the Nashville Predators have lost back to back games, not since the first of November to be exact. Since then, Peter Laviolette’s team is 13-2-2 giving me very little reason to not ride that trend tonight despite the long trip to the West Coast.

This will probably be a team that isn’t in a good mood after dropping a shootout to the Vegas Golden Knights at Bridgestone Arena, five days ago as a -160 favorite. It’s worth noting that during the streak Nashville was 8-1-1 at home, the one loss was to the Vancouver Canucks, 5-3. Nashville was in control for much of the game until the third period saw them give up three goals in a 10 minute span to do the home team in.

Pekka Rinne must be better this time around than he was in game one. Brock Boeser scored twice including the game winner on a beautiful, patient goal in the third period, but this is a different Canucks team.

The Bo Horvat injury seems to have put a stop the Vancouver momentum with their record without Horvat climbing to 0-3 after a loss to Winnipeg. His injury means that Travis Green’s team is relying on the Sedin twins once again. Both are receiving about four minutes more ice time than normal because of the injury to the Canucks star.

There has been some talk about certain Canucks players not practicing the way Green would prefer. If true, this will certainly show up against the better teams in the league and definitely without Horvat who won’t be able to cover up mistakes. It’s beginning to show as Vancouver has scored just four goals in their last three games.

Jacob Markstrom will get the start in goal for Vancouver. Markstrom allowed five goals on 24 shots against Winnipeg.

Better goaltender in a revenge spot for Nashville. Get me a Predators ticket fast.

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