The Predators coming into this game on a no rest after a big win on the road against top Washington Capitals team (4-5). This could be a obvious letdown spot for the Predators who are still are not convincing enough to put any money on them.
Predators goaltender is struggling whole season as both Pekka Rinne and Jussi Saros performing below expectations. Nashville defense allowing 3.21 goals per game and just lost 9 goals in the past 2 games against Leafs and Capitals.
Devils will miss key defender Ryan Ellis who is still out with injury and key Devils defender P.K. Subban is a doubt for this contest.
Devils will play with “We cannot lose against Hynes” mentality today as current Predators coach will return to face his old team since Predators sacked him earlier this season. Devils improved since he is left and they are currently led by Kyle Palmieri up front. Hynes also will want to fire up his team to prove a point today but with tired legs Predators could struggle.
Even with goaltender McKenzie Blackwood playing a good season, Devils still allowing a whooping average of 3.51 goals per game.
Predators “special teams” have been horrible all season, especially their penalty kill with just over 75% of success, one of the league worst results thus far.
Previous meeting was a 6-4 Predators victory. I’m going with the OVER today. With very emotional type of game with a return of Hynes on tabs, this game could go either way from the side perspective but with both teams struggles on the defensive end/goal-tending and shaky defense. The total bet is the way to go on this one as we should expect another high scoring contest.
My Free Pick & Prediction for New Jersey Devils vs Nashville Predators on 01/30/2020 is: take the OVER on the total
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