Hockey Prediction Nashville Predators vs St Louis Blues December 17th
12/17/15 NHL Odds, NHL Starting Goalies Tonight, Free NHL Picks Today. Hockey Prediction Nashville Predators vs St Louis Blues December 17th
Nashville Predators Preview
Nashville is not a team built on offense. Peter Laviolette has no choice but to rely on his defense to win hockey games. Unfouranetly, in today’s game, that’s now how you win regular season games. Think about it. Who do they have on offense? James Neal? Give me a pucking break.
To make matters worse for Nashville goaltender Pekka Rinne has been awful this season. He’s just 2-8 in his last 10 starts. For the year Rinne is 12-14 with a 2.41 goals against average, which includes a 3-8 mark and a 2.99 goals against average on the road this year.
You only play as good as the players in front of you. With the lack of offense the defense has stepped up but it has been leaving Rinne exposed and alone facing shooters. Something he is not used to this often so far in his career.
Nashville checks in at 16th in scoring, putting up 2.5 goals per game, but they have been solid on the power play where they rank 9th. At the defensive end of the ice they come in at 16th in goals allowed 2.6 goals per game, but 28th in the penalty killing department.
St. Louis Blues Preview
Tarasenko picked up where he left off last season scoring his 19th point of the season, leading all Blues’ players. Things may be changing in St. Louis after losing six of their last ten games.
Leading goaltender Jake Allen is now 14-9 with a 2.11 goals against average on the year. At home Allen is 8-6 with a 1.96 goals against average at home this year, while vs the Preds in his career he is 2-0 with a 1.99 goals against average.
St Louis checks in at 18th in the league in scoring, putting up just 2.5 goals per game, while also ranking 8th in power play conversions 20.2%. On defense they are 11th in goals allowed, giving up 2.4 goals per game and 1st in the penalty killing department, allowing teams to convert on just 12% of their chances.
NHL Starting Goalies 12/17/15
Nashville Predators – Pekka Rinne
St. Louis Blues – Jake Allen
Nashville Predators vs St Louis Blues Prediction 12/17/15
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