Nashville Predators vs Anaheim Ducks NHL Pick – March 21

The NHL is set up with another strong slate of action throughout March 21. Four games are up on the board throughout Monday night. One of these games will be between the Nashville Predators and the Anaheim Ducks. These two teams have been solid throughout this season and will look for a big win in this one. This game will drop the puck at around 10:00 PM Eastern time.

Nashville has earned a record of 36-22-4 throughout this season, which has them sitting in fourth place of the Central division. The Predators are coming off a win in their last game, but have won six of their last eight. Nashville is in the top wild card spot and have a four point lead on the second wild card. The Predators will look for a big win on the road in this one.

The Ducks have put up a record of 27-26-11 so far this season, which has them sitting in sixth place of the Pacific division. Anaheim has lost six games in a row entering this matchup. The Ducks are seven points out of a playoff spot, but appear to be sellers at the trade deadline. Anaheim will still look to play spoiler down the stretch.

These two teams have been solid throughout this season and will look to earn a big win in this one. The Predators have been the better team later in the season and will look to get closer to locking up a playoff spot. Anaheim will look to mess up those plans with a win at home. If either team can come out fast in this one, it could be enough for the win.

Game Overview

The following odds are courtesy of BetOnline:

Teams Spread Money Line Total
Nashville Predators -1 ½ (+155) -160 Over 5 ½ (-118)
Anaheim Ducks +1 ½ (-175) +144 Under 5 ½ (+107)

 

Team Data Nashville Predators Anaheim Ducks
Overall Record 36-22-4 27-26-11
Away/ Home Record 17-11-4 16-12-4
Goals Per Game 3.26 2.80
Goals Per Game Away/ Home 3.41 2.84
Save Percentage .912 .906
Save Percentage Away/ Home .905 .916

Betting Trends

Nashville Predators

  • 6-3 in March
  • 14-10 after non-Conference games
  • 13-7 after a win by two or more goals
  • 18-8 after scoring four goals or more
  • 17-8 against team with a losing record

Anaheim Ducks

  • 2-7 in March
  • 6-6 when playing on two days rest
  • 10-15 after a non-Conference game
  • 6-9 after a loss by two goals or more
  • 5-10 after scoring one goal or less
  • 5-9 after three or more straight losses
  • 9-23 against team with a winning record

These two teams have met up twice throughout the season. Nashville hosted the first game on November 22. Ryan Johansen and Yakov Trenin both had a goal and an assist as the Predators earned a 3-2 win at home. The second game stayed in Nashville on March 10. Matt Duchene had two goals and an assist, while Filip Forsberg had a goal and two assists in route to a 4-1 win for the Predators.

Special Teams

The Predators have been solid on special teams throughout this season. Nashville has scored on 46 of their 193 power play opportunities, which is a 23.8 percent success rate. The Predators have given up 42 power play goals on 214 penalties against, which is an 80.4 percent penalty kill. Nashville is 9th on the power play and 14th on the kill this season.

Anaheim has been strong on special teams as well on the season. The Ducks have capitalized on 43 of their 179 power play chances, which is a 24 percent power play. Anaheim has killed off 150 of their opponents 181 power play attempts, which is an 82.9 percent kill rate. The Ducks are 8th on the man advantage and penalty kill.

Both teams have been solid on special teams this season, but the Ducks have been a bit better on both sides. Nashville has struggled to stay out of the box on the season and will look to be disciplined throughout this one. If either team can get a power play goal in this one, it could be enough for the win on Monday night.

Goaltending Comparison

Juuse Saros will likely get the nod between the pipes for Nashville in this one. Saros has started in 52 games this season, going 30-19-3 in those matchups. He has posted a .923 save percentage and a GAA of 2.47 in his starts. Saros finished with 38 saves on 41 shots in his last start against the Toronto Maple Leafs, which was enough for the win.

I expect John Gibson to get the start in net for the Ducks on Monday night. Gibson has earned a record of 17-19-9 throughout his 45 starts on the season. He has put up a save percentage of .906 and a 3.05 GAA in those outings. Gibson’s last start was against the Florida Panthers. He stopped 39 of 42 shots in the losing effort.

These two goalies have been solid throughout this season and will look for a big win in this one. Saros has been a bit better on the season and has won five of his last seven starts. Gibson has struggled a bit as of late, losing six starts in a row. Both goalies will look to get going early in this one as they look for a big win.

Pick Overview

These two teams have been solid throughout this season and will look for a big win in this one. The Predators won the first two games of the season series and will look to pull off the sweep on Monday night. Anaheim has struggled as of late though and I think they can bounce back at home. If the Ducks can grab an early lead, I like their chances to earn the win.

BetOnline has Nashville listed as a -160 against the money line in this one. This implies that the Predators will win this game around 61.5 percent of the time. I think that this line should be closer to even with the Ducks at home in this game. Anaheim has struggled as of late, but I think they can bounce back against Nashville. As underdogs in this one, I really like the value on the Ducks.

The Bet
Anaheim Ducks
+144
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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