At 43-20-7, the Anaheim Ducks and the Nashville Predators have identical records after 70 games played. Find out what the best betting strategy to apply to your NHL picks is tonight.
Ice-time is set for 8:00 pm ET tonight at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California. Amazingly, BetOnline Sportsbook lists the Ducks as a huge -165 betting favorite and the total for the game is 5.5. I could see giving the Ducks a slight edge due to home ice, but this is definitely extreme. The Predators really need this game as they don't want to relinquish control of the divisional lead.
Nothing is confirmed as of yet, but we're expecting a Pekka Rinne vs. John Gibson showdown at the Pond. Frederik Andersen is the Ducks 1st string goalie, but it was Gibson who was in net for the Ducks in their last game in which he defeated the Minnesota Wild, 2-1, allowing just 1 goal in 33 attempts. Either way, the Ducks are very strong at the goalie position and this could be the key to another victory.
Nashville hasn't been scoring a lot of goals lately, but having Pekka Rinne in net is a decisive advantage. In his last 4 games, he's only allowed 5 goals and is coming off of a 2-1 victory in L.A. against the defending Stanley Cup Champion, Los Angeles Kings. Rinne's offensive support is "lousy" to say in the least, but when a team has a goalie such as Rinne that has only given up 2.07 goals per game, these betting odds are extreme and a good fade against the Ducks could be in the works.
Deep Team of Grinders
While Nashville averages a respectable 2.8 goals per game, they don't have a definitive go to guy that's been tearing up the nets, but this is a team that plays top notch defense, allowing a mere 2.3 goals per game.
Nashville is a very deep offensive team featuring 8 players that have 11 or more goals and Mike Ribeiro is the leading assist-getter, but each game, a different player is the "star of the game" when the Predators play well. Center, Craig Smith notched his 6th power play goal of the season in the win over L.A and this 22 goal scorer could be someone to keep our eyes on when making NHL picks.
While Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry are the key players on offense for the mighty Ducks, winger Jacob Silfverberg played a major part in the Ducks recent 2-1 victory over the Minnesota Wild.
Silfverberg had a goal and an assist and this is a player that has faired well against Nashville in the past. In two previous meetings. Silfverberg has 2 goals against the Predators. He could definitely be a factor in this game as he's been applying a decent amount of pressure on the offensive end lately.
An unlikely source of offense in defenseman Francois Beauchemin, also scored a goal in the Ducks last game. It was just his 9th goal of the season. That said, Beauchemin has had a fair bit of success against the Predators with 1 goal and 1 assist in the two previous meetings.
This game should be a close one. The only thing that bothers me are the odds placed on the Ducks. I'm going to avoid the side and pick the total. Bet under the NHL odds total with 2 exceptional goalies in this game along with great defense.
NHL Pick- Anaheim/Nashville Under 5.5 at BetOnline