Seattle Kraken vs Nashville Predators NHL Pick – October 14

The NHL is set up with another great slate of action on Thursday night. Nine games are up on the board throughout October 14. One of these matchups will be between the Seattle Kraken and the Nashville Predators. These two teams will look for a big win early in this season. This game will drop the puck at around 8:00 PM Eastern on NHL Network.

Seattle has earned a record of 0-1 to open up their inaugural season. The Kraken faced off against the Vegas Golden Knights in their season opener and fell down to a 3-0 deficit early. Seattle was able to score three unanswered goals to tie it up though. The Golden Knights scored the game winner in the third period though to hand the Kraken their first ever loss.

The Predators are coming off a season in which they earned a record of 31-23-2 record, which had them finish in fourth place of the Central Division. Nashville fell in six games in the first round against the Carolina Hurricanes. The Predators did not go heavy in the offseason though and it could be a season that becomes a rebuild for them.

These two teams do not have the highest expectations entering this season. The Kraken have gotten their first game under their belt and will look for a quick start in this one. Nashville struggled to get offense going last season and will look to turn that around in this one. If either team can come out hot, it could be enough for the win.

Game Overview

The following odds are courtesy of BetOnline:

Teams Spread Money Line Total
Seattle Kraken +1 ½ (-215) +108 Over 5 ½ (-115)
Nashville Predators -1 ½ (+185) -119 Under 5 ½ (+104)

 

Team Data Seattle Kraken Nashville Predators
Overall Record 0-1-0 0-0-0
Away/ Home Record 0-1-0 0-0-0
Goals Per Game 3.00
Goals Per Game Away/ Home 3.00
Save Percentage .867
Save Percentage Away/ Home .867

Betting Trends

Seattle Kraken

  • 0-1 All-Time Record
  • 1-0 against the puck line
  • Over is 1-0 in their games

Nashville Predators

  • 69-66 in last 135 games
  • 23-11 in last 34 games at home with total of 5 ½
  • 18-20 in first half of the season

These two teams will meet up for the first time ever in their histories. Nashville is coming off a strong second half to their season in 2020-21 and will look to keep it going. The Kraken had a much better second half to their first game and will look to carry momentum into Thursday’s tilt.

Special Teams

Seattle’s power play was not strong to open up the season. The Kraken went 0-3 with the man advantage in Tuesday’s loss. Seattle’s penalty kill was solid though. The Kraken killed off all three of the Golden Knights power play attempts in the losing effort.

The Predators struggled to get anything going on either side of special teams last season. Nashville earned a power play percentage of 17.6 percent, which was 23rd in the NHL. The Predators penalty kill posted a 75.6 percent, which was 29th in the league.

Nashville’s power play was worse at home last season, but their penalty kill was better. The Predators had a 14.8 percent power play and a 78.4 percent penalty kill at home last season. Seattle will look to take advantage on special teams in this one. If either team can get going with the man advantage, it could be enough for a win on Thursday.

Goaltending Comparison

Philipp Grubauer will likely get the start for the Kraken on Thursday night. Grubauer earned a record of 30-9-1 with the Colorado Avalanche last season. He posted a save percentage of .922 and a 1.95 GAA in those starts. Grubauer stopped 26 of 30 shots in his debut with Seattle, earning a .867 save percentage in the loss.

I expect Juuse Saros to get the nod in the crease for Nashville in this one. Saros finished last season with a record of 21-11-1. He put up a .927 save percentage and a GAA of 2.28 in those matchups as well. Saros was a big reason why the Predators earned a playoff spot last season and Nashville will need him to be just as good this season.

These two goalies put up Vezina level numbers last season, which should lead to an exciting matchup on Thursday. Grubauer had a rough start against the Golden Knights and will look to bounce back in this one. The Kraken will look for him to bounce back in this one. If either goalie comes out hot, I think it will be enough for the win.

Pick Overview

Seattle is coming off a tough loss against the Golden Knights to open up their season, but with a game under their belt, I think they have the edge on the Predators. Nashville will come out a bit shaky as it is their first game, while the Kraken should come out hot. If Seattle can control the momentum early in this one, I think they can earn their first even win.

BetOnline has the Predators listed as a -119 against the money line entering play on Thursday. This implies that Nashville will win this game around 54.3 percent of the time. I think that this line should be closer to even with the Predators having their first game under their belt. If Seattle can come out quicker in this one, I think they can get their first win in Franchise History.

The Bet
Seattle Kraken
+108
Andruw Burling / Author

Andruw Burling has been writing sports picks since 2017, covering mainly NHL and NBA content, but doing work in other sports as well. Andruw grew up in Las Vegas and has been around sports since a young age. He grew up a huge NHL and NBA fan and continues to use that knowledge in his content today.

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