Nashville Predators vs. Ottawa Senators Pick
The Senators were on the road for their previous three games, with losses against the Predators and Canadiens, and a win against the Red Wings. Their most recent effort was pretty pathetic, as the Canadiens won by a score of 5-2. The final score didn’t tell the whole picture. It could have been worse than that. The Sens were outshot 47-18, with the defence leaving Mike McKenna out to dry.
McKenna hasn’t had a great season as Craig Anderson’s backup, but what is he going to do when no one is putting any effort in. This is a pretty normal theme for the Senators this season, though. Note that they’ve averaged 29.2 shots on net, while allowing 38.1 shots on their own net. I don’t care who is in net, that’s just not going to work. The Sens are dead last in 31st with an average of 3.88 goals allowed per game.
The Predators are on the opposite end of the spectrum. They are 1st in the NHL with 2.45 goals allowed per game. Pekka Rinne is getting better with age it seems, as he has the inside track for the Vezina at the moment. Rinne owns a stellar 1.96 GAA and 0.929 save percentage. The Predators have beaten the Senators by more than a goal in five of their last six meetings. In their last ten meetings, the Predators have gone 8-2. Getting this price on the Predators on the puckline looks like a hard bet to pass up on Monday.