The Nashville Predators lack the financial resources other teams in the NHL enjoy and they always have to be creative to be competitive. If you are betting hockey, the Preds do offer possibilities for wagering.
Nashville is hovering in the 7-10 range in the standings in the Western Conference, thus they could go either way. In spite of 26-29 record which has them at -11 units on the season, for those making NHL picks on them, of all the teams with points in the mid-to-low 60’s, the Predators have the best goal differential at +5.
Defensively, Nashville is in good shape, ranked ninth in goals allowed and on penalty kills and they are one of only four teams to be ranked in the Top 10 in both categories. (Washington, Anaheim and Los Angeles are the others as of 2/11/17) Goalie Pekka Rinne is a solid sixth in the league in save percentage.
On offense, the Preds are middle of the road, listed 13th in scoring and 17th in power play percentage. With these numbers, why has Nashville been so poor versus the NHL odds?
First, the Nashville has done a rotten job in close games, sporting an 8-14 record in contests decided by a single goal. Next, coach Peter Lavallette club has been a mediocre favorite at 19-20, which is where they have really cost backers. Laviolette team has also performed poorly at home where they are 15-13 SU and not done the job on OT, which is where six of those defeats have come from.
The talent is in place and the defense has the components to make move up the standings, yet for my money it comes down to mental toughness and only Nashville players will can change that. Tread lightly with the Predators.
Doug Upstone wrote this for www.sportsbookreview.com