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Boston vs. Nashville NHL Betting Odds & Pick from Will Rogers: December 4th 2017

Boston Bruins vs. Nashville Predators
NHL Betting Pick: NAS -129 odds (December 4th 2017)

The set-up: The Boston Bruins won 3-0 Saturday night at Philadelphia, extending the team’s current road winning streak to four. Boston is 12-8-4 overall as it visits Nashville on Monday. The Predators hopes to conclude their four-game homestand with a winning record after improving to 2-1-0 with Saturday’s 3-2 shootout win over Anaheim. The victory gives Nashville an 11-2-1 record over its last 14 games, improving to 16-7-3, after a 5-5-2 start to the season.

Boston: The Bruins are thrilled to have Brad Marchand back from undisclosed ailment, as he’s recording a pair of two-point performances after missing six contests. He is second on the team with 19 points and is seven shy of 400 for his career. David Pastrnak scored his team-leading 13th goal and added an assist in the shutout, giving him three tallies and as many assists during his five-game point streak. Boston continues to get healthier, as David Krejci (upper body) and Anders Bjork (undisclosed) followed Marchand and David Backes back into the lineup Saturday after missing one and seven games, respectively. This game is part of Boston’s annual fathers’ trip and No. 1 goalie Tukka Rask will get the night off (he’s been in the crease for three straight games) in favor of backup Anton Khudobin.

Nashville: Kevin Fiala opened the scoring against the Ducks in the second period with his first career power-play goal and netted the decisive tally in the bonus format as the Predators posted their 11th win in 14 games. Fiala has registered 12 assists in 25 games this season. Filip Forsberg leads Nashville with 27 points and has landed on the scoresheet in 10 of his last 11 contests. Nashville is hoping that Calle Jarnkrok is beginning to heat up, as the 26-year-old Swede has recorded a point in back-to-back contests after going seven games without one.

The pick: Pekka Rinne (15-4-2, 2.35 goals-against average, .926 save percentage) probably will make his 12th start in 13 games for Nashville. He is hoping for a different result than he got when the Predators saw Boston in each team’s season opener on Oct. 5, a 4-3 defeat. Up agisnst Boston’s backup goalie Anton Khudobin, I like his(and Nashville’s) chances!

NHL Pick: Bet the ‘Over’ in the Nashville vs. Anaheim game on May 12th 2017

Nashville Predators vs. Anaheim Ducks
NHL Betting Pick: Over 5 goals -120 odds (May 12th 2017)

The set-up: The Anaheim Ducks finally put an end to their demonizing streak of Game 7 postseason failures on their home ice with their 2-1 win over the Oilers on Wednesday. However, there is no rest for the weary as Anaheim will host the upstart Nashville Predators tonight in Game 1 of the Western Conference finals at the Honda Center. The eighth-seeded Predators swept the top-seed Blackhawks in the first round and then eliminated the Blues in six games in the second round, advancing to the conference finals for the first time in franchise history. However, the Ducks will well remember that Nashville won Game 7 in Anaheim a year ago,eliminating the Ducks from the playoffs for the fourth consecutive season in a Game 7 on their home ice. That led to the dismissal of head coach Bruce Boudreau.

Nashville: The Predators’ playoff run is due in large part to the remarkable renaissance of veteran goaltender Pekka Rinne. He’s overcome an uneven regular season by allowing just 14 goals in 10 playoff games, including a pair of shutouts in the sweep of top-seeded Chicago. Rinne’s led Nahville to an 8-2 record, posting a 1.37 GAA with a .951 save percentage. The defensemen, despite the blockbuster offseason trade of longtime captain Shea Weber for fellow blueliner P.K. Subban, are getting it done at both ends of the ice by amassing nine goals and 27 points in the postseason.

Anaheim: Captain Ryan Getzlaf got off to a miserable start to the season with only two goals in his first 26 games but has been superb in the playoffs with eight goals and seven assists. Linemate Corey Perry came alive in the last four games versus Edmonton with a goal and five assists plus 33-goal scorer Rickard Rakell tallied in four straight games against the Oilers. The defense is also providing healthy offensive production with a combined three goals and 20 assists. However, goalie John Gibson remains a question mark. He has surrendered at least three goals in six of his last nine appearances.

The pick: I noted Gibson’s shortcomings above and will add that he lost both playoff starts against the Predators a year ago. Sure, Rinne’s been a ‘tough nut to crack’ but Anaheim is 22-12 since the start of the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs, the best winning percentage (.647) of all teams in that span. Expect a goal or two more than the over/under number indicates.