- Date & Location: Thursday, October 21 at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, TN.
- Odds: New York Rangers (+102) vs. Nashville Predators (-113) via BetOnline.
- Prediction: Rangers to defeat the Predators
The New York Rangers take their two-game winning streak to Nashville on Thursday to face the Predators, who are coming off their first win of the season on Tuesday. New York’s most recent game was a 2-1 overtime victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs, while Nashville topped the Los Angeles Kings by a score of 2-1. The Rangers game took place on Monday.
The Rangers and the Predators face off on Thursday night at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville.
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The Case for Nashville Predators
Mikael Granlund, who signed a four-year $20 million deal to stay with the Predators, leads the team in scoring with four points (1G, 3A) this season. He put up 27 points in 51 games last year for Nashville.
Roman Josi, who was the Predators top scorer last year with 33 points (8G, 25A) has two points for the team this year 1G, 1A).
Juuse Saros has played well in the net for Nashville. He has a goals against average of 2.03 in three games played this year and a .927 save percentage. His SP last season was .927 and his GAA was 2.28 in 36 games played. Both numbers were career bests for the 26-year-old. Saros had a record of 21-11-1 in 2020-21.
Nashville Predators to defeat New York Rangers -113 via Sportsbetting.
The Case for New York Rangers
Igor Shesterkin was spectacular in the net for the Rangers on Monday. He stopped 40 of 41 shots for the overtime win. His SP this year is .949 and his GAA stands at 1.62. The 25-year-old played 35 games for New York last season. He posted a record of 16-14-0-3 with a GAA of 2.62 and a SP of .916.
Mika Zibanejad, who was nearly a point-per-game player in 2021, he scored 50 points (24G, 26A) in 56 games has had an excellent start to his 2021-22 season with five points (1G, 4A).
Last season’s scoring leader for the Rangers, Artemi Panarin, who had 58 points (17G, 41A) in 42 games, scored the game-winning overtime goal against Toronto. The goal was Panarin’s first of the season.
Adam Fox is a two-way threat on the Rangers blueline. He had 47 points (5G, 42A) last year while putting up a plus 19. The 23-year-old has three points this year and a plus 5 rating.
New York Rangers to defeat Nashville Predators -105 via Bovada.
Our Final Pick
The Predators need to be better on the offensive side of the puck. The team was 22nd in scoring last season and they are struggling as well in the early going of the current campaign. Nashville has not scored more than three goals in a game this season.
The Rangers offense has not been great this season. They’ve netted two goals or less in three of four games in 2021-22.
The New York squad has triumphed in seven of the 10 most recent meetings between these two clubs and the road team is on a 4-0 run.
Don’t expect a high-scoring game between these two, as both teams have been slow to get out of the gate in scoring and both clubs have also had above average goaltending.
My feeling is the Rangers will have the momentum and confidence edge coming off the overtime win over the Leafs and they also have better goaltending. With that, I see the road team making it 5-0 between these two teams.
Rangers to beat the Predators +102 via BetOnline.
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