Nashville Predators vs St. Louis Blues Prediction: Expect a High Scoring Affair

Between the St. Louis Blues and Nashville Predators, you can expect a lot of goals tonight.
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Nashville Predators vs St. Louis Blues Prediction: Expect a High Scoring Affair

Familiar foes face off tonight in St Louis, as the Nashville Predators visit the St Louis Blues. The Predators enter this game in 2nd place in the Central Division, as they are 24-12-3 with 51 points. Nashville has an outstanding road record at 13-6-3 and has been a bit of a surprise in arguably the league’s best division.

The St. Louis Blues are not far behind, as they sit in 3rd place in the division at 22-11-5 totaling 49 points. The Blues have a very good home record of 15-4-2. These teams met once this season, a 4-3 Nashville win on November 11th in overtime. Rejuvenated Matt Duchene led the way for Nashville with 2 goals and an assist including the overtime winner.

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On the road this season, the Predators are averaging 3.02 goals per game, which is 14th in the league. Nashville has the 3rd ranked road power play clicking at a 29.3% clip. The Predators also have the 6th most road power play opportunities at 58. In addition, The Predators are a capable scoring team while skating five on five, as their 74 even-strength goals rank 12th in the league. Defensively, Nashville is allowing 3.00 goals per game on the road, where totals of 6 are 11-9-3 on the season. The St Louis Blues come into tonight’s game averaging 3.76 goals per game at home, which is 4th most in the league. St. Louis’ home power play is very effective as they rank 6th at 27.7%. The Blues have seen 65 power plays on home ice, which is 7th most. The Blues have scored 84 five on five goals which is 6th most in the NHL. St. Louis is also getting some reinforcements tonight as Tarasenko, Perron, Schenn and Parayko are all making their return to the lineup, who all should provide some offensive jump. As far as the goaltending matchup goes, Jusse Saros is Nashville’s projected starter. He is having a fine season with a 2.35 goals against average and .926 save percentage. In 8 career starts vs. St. Louis however, he has a 2.89 GAA and .897 save percentage. Ville Husso is confirmed for the Blues.

His numbers show he is having a fine season sporting a 2.13 goals against average and .935 save percentage. He gave up 1 goal or less against Seattle, Washington, San Jose and LA. He has issues against better offensive teams as he gave up 3 or more goals to teams like Florida (twice), Tampa Bay, Columbus and an offensively strapped Detroit team. I think we see plenty of goals tonight and would not be surprised to see a 4-3 final either way.

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Born and raised in Philadelphia, Tone has been handicapping the four major sports for over twenty years. An NHL enthusiast, Tone’s expertise lies on the ice. He’s excelled and profited finding the right angles on NHL games, particularly with player props, game props, and game totals. A contributor to several gaming sites, you can follow him on Twitter @TonesTakes.

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