The NHL season is back and gear and is filled with another exciting night of hockey on October 16. Fourteen games are up on the board throughout Saturday. One of these matchups will be between the Carolina Hurricanes and the Nashville Predators. These two teams will look for a big win in this early season tilt. This game will drop the puck at around 8:00 PM Eastern time.
Carolina has earned a record of 1-0-0 to open up this season. The Hurricanes finished last season with a record of 36-12-8, which had them earn the top spot in the Central Division. Carolina knocked off Nashville in the postseason, before falling to the Tampa Bay Lightning. The Hurricanes will look to keep it going with another win against the Predators in this one.
The Predators lost their season opener to the Seattle Kraken and will look to bounce back in the second meeting. Nashville earned a record of 31-23-2 throughout last season, which had them finish in fourth place of the Central Division. The Predators will look for some revenge though as they try to knock off their former division rivals on Saturday night.
These two teams were solid throughout last season and will look for a big win early in this season. Both teams had some odd offseason’s, but will look to prove they are still strong with a win in this one. I expect some emotion from both sides after they met up in the playoffs a year ago. If either team can control the momentum, it could be enough for the win.
The following odds are courtesy of BetOnline:
|Carolina Hurricanes||+1 ½ (-265)||-107||Over 5 ½ (-118)|
|Nashville Predators||-1 ½ (+225)||-103||Under 5 ½ (+107)|
|Team Data||Carolina Hurricanes||Nashville Predators|
|Away/ Home Record||0-0-0||0-1-0|
|Goals Per Game||6.00||3.00|
|Goals Per Game Away/ Home||–||3.00|
|Save Percentage Away/ Home||–||.846|
- 84-60 in last 144 games
- 25-16 in first half of season
- 20-13 in last 33 Saturday games
- 18-11 in last 28 non-Conference games
- 36-24 after scoring four or more goals in last game
- 29-22 after winning by two or more goals in last game
- 69-67 in last 136 games
- 18-21 in first half of the season
- 16-19 in last 35 Saturday games
- 15-12 in last 27 non-Conference games
- 24-26 after allowing four or more goals in last game
These two teams met up eight times throughout last season. Carolina earned a record of 6-2-0 throughout those regular season matchups. The Hurricanes then met up with Nashville in the first round of the postseason. Carolina went up 2-0, but the Predators tied it up at 2-2 with wins at home. The Hurricanes closed the series out with back to back overtime wins to move on.
It's a Saturday Night in SMASHVILLE!
— Nashville Predators (@PredsNHL) October 16, 2021
The Hurricanes were strong on special teams throughout last season. Carolina earned a power play percentage of 25.6 percent, which was 2nd in the NHL. The Hurricanes also had an 85.2 percent penalty kill, which was 3rd in the league. Carolina will look to dominate once again on special teams this season.
Nashville’s special teams were not great last season. The Predators posted a 17.6 percent power play, which was 23rd in the league. Nashville’s penalty kill was not any better either. The Predators had a 75.6 percent penalty kill, which was 29th in the NHL.
Carolina had a big edge on special teams last season and have been strong to open up this season. The Hurricanes went two for five on the power play in their opening game and killed off all three penalties against. Nashville was able to score on one of their two power play opportunities in the season opener. The Predators did give up two power play goals on two penalties against though.
Frederik Andersen will likely get the start in the crease for Carolina in this one. Andersen earned a record of 13-8-3 in 24 games with the Maple Leafs last season. He posted a .895 save percentage and a GAA of 2.96 in those matchups. Andersen stopped 25 of 28 shots in his first game with the Hurricanes in route to a win.
I expect Juuse Saros to get the nod in the net for the Predators on Saturday night. Saros went 21-11-1 with Nashville last season. He put up a save percentage of .927 and a 2.28 GAA in those starts as well. Saros finished with 22 saves on 25 shots in Nashville’s season opener to the Seattle Kraken. The Predators will look for a big bounce back from Saros in this one.
These two goalies did not have ideal starts to the season, but Andersen was still able to earn the win. Saros took a tough loss in Nashville’s home opener, but I think that he will bounce back in this one. Saros was in Vezina contention last season and continue that this season. If either goalie can control this one, it could be enough for the win.
Nashville is coming off a tough loss in their season opener, but I expect them to bounce back on Saturday night. The Predators were knocked out of the playoffs against Carolina a season ago and I expect them to come out with some need for revenge. If Nashville can get their offense going early in this one, it should be enough to pull off the upset at home.
BetOnline has Carolina listed as a -107 against the money line in this one. This implies that the Hurricanes will win this game around 51.7 percent of the time. I think that this line should be closer to even with Nashville at home. The Predators want some revenge against the Hurricanes after being eliminated a season ago. If Nashville comes out hot in this one, it could be enough for the win.