Anaheim Ducks

Nashville Predators


NAS Predators -1.5 Point Spread

Over 6.0 Game Totals

Puck Line Pick

It is really hard to describe how bad of a season the Ducks are having, other than just saying that they are pretty much out of the playoff picture and it is only January. They have won just two of their last ten games and enter this one on a four-game losing streak. Now it is not like the Predators are playing lights out. They are only a handful of games above .500 and are likely in danger of missing the playoffs if they do not turn things around. The biggest edge in this game is Nashville being able to win 10 home games compared to Anaheim, who has six wins away from home. The Ducks are also 3-7 in their last 10 head to head meetings with Nashville. I cannot rationalize backing a team who is this bad on the road. Therefore I have to take Nashville on the puck line to find any value.

Over Under Pick

The total in this game is six and I will be looking toward the over here. Defense almost seems optional when these teams get together as the over is 19-8-8 in the last 35 meetings. This especially is true over the last five games for both sides as the Predators are allowing 3.2 goals per game while the Ducks are giving up 3.8. Nashville certainly has the better offense, averaging 3.4 goals overall this season. I look for poor defense in this game and look for the total to go over as a small lean.