NHL Betting Picks, Predictions, Analysis, and Probability for Thursday Slate

NASHVILLE, TN - FEBRUARY 5: Rocco Grimaldi #23 of the Nashville Predators battles for the puck against Mario Kempe #29 of the Arizona Coyotes at Bridgestone Arena on February 5, 2019 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by John Russell/NHLI via Getty Images)
NASHVILLE, TN - FEBRUARY 5: Rocco Grimaldi #23 of the Nashville Predators battles for the puck against Mario Kempe #29 of the Arizona Coyotes at Bridgestone Arena on February 5, 2019 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by John Russell/NHLI via Getty Images) /
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Thursday, October 17th.

Nashville Predators @ Arizona Coyotes

121. -118. 151. Prediction. +107

Goalies: 

NSH Pekka Rinne

4-0-0 W/L, 2.75 GAA, 0.908 SV%

ARI Darcy Kuemper

2-2-0 W/L, 1.51 GAA, 0.955 SV%

NHL Betting Pick #7:

Standings and Current Record:

The Nashville Predators are currently 4-2 with eight points, trailing only Colorado in the Central Division.

The Arizona Coyotes are 2-2-1, which has them near the bottom in the Pacific Division. Here’s how they matchup:

Rankings:

The Predators rank at the top in the NHL in goals for and 26th in goals allowed. This season their power play ranks 14th and penalty kill ranks 24th. Much better than their last-ranked power play last season.

The Coyotes rank 26th in goals scored and 3rd in goals against. Their power-play ranks 22nd and their penalty kill ranks 14th.

Betting Trends:

Nashville is 4-2 in their last six and 5-1 vs the Pacific.

Arizona is 5-11 in their last sixteen, but 6-2 in their last eight games played on Thursdays.

Previous Games and Goal Differential:

Nashville has wins over Vegas, Washington, Minnesota, and San Jose. Losses to Detroit and LA. They have outscored their competition 28-23.

Arizona has wins over Winnipeg and Vegas. Their losses are to Colorado, Boston, and Anaheim. They have outscored their opponents 11-9.

Analysis:

Even with Filip Forsberg listed as questionable, I like the Predators offense and Pekka Rinne to dominate a struggling Coyotes offense who is also missing their best defender.

% Chance to Win: Predators 58%

Pick: Predators -118