While winning a division or finishing the season with the best record in the league is great, the reality is that every team in the NHL just wants to make it to the playoffs anyway they can. Let’s not forget that there have only been 8 teams who have won the President’s Trophy, the award for the best regular season record, and then gone on to win the Stanley Cup. More often than not, it’s a team from the middle of the pack that emerges to win, and it’s very often a team that has seen some level of playoff success in the past.
If that is to be the case this season, then we need to take a closer look at both the Nashville Predators and the Pittsburgh Penguins. The Predators have never won the Stanley Cup, but they have come close, while the Penguins have made a habit of hoisting the cup. These two look to be playoff bound again this season and they will hook up in Pittsburgh on Friday night. The Penguins are favored by 1 1/2, with the O/U for this one set at 6.
Predators vs Penguins NHL Spread, Preview & Prediction
Maatta on today’s practice: “I felt good. It was the first team practice out there that was really intense, so I felt good out there. Hopefully I’m closer.”Read more: https://t.co/2ZY8hmNqvF pic.twitter.com/MvsnoUq5oQ — Pittsburgh Penguins (@penguins) 28 de marzo de 2019
- When: Friday, March 29 at 7 PM EST
- Where: PPG Paints Arena, Pittsburgh
- TV: NHL Center Ice
- Live Stream: NHL.tv
- NHL Spread: Pittsburgh Penguins -135 (Total 6)
Why bet on the Nashville Predators?
The Nashville Predators have already punched their playoff ticket, but they still have some bigger fish to fry. With time running out on the regular season, they are still just two points back of the Winnipeg Jets in the race to win the Central Division.
They look as though they might have a decent seeding in the Western Conference playoffs, but that could change if they slip up coming down the stretch, as there are a couple of teams within reach of passing them and making things a little more precarious. The Predators are coming off a win and are 6-3-1 in their last 10 games. They are a solid 20-15-4 on the road this season, but they are just 16-22 ATS in those games. They lost at home to the Penguins earlier this season.
- Goals: 2.91
- Shots: 32.58
- PP/PK Percentage: 13.06
- Goals: 2.62
- Shots: 29.75
- PP/PK Percentage: 18.22
Why bet on the Pittsburgh Penguins?
The Pittsburgh Penguins are still not assured of a playoff spot, but only a fool would bet against them getting in at this point. They are in a rather comfortable position in the Metropolitan Division, sitting in 3rd, but still well within reach of the #2 spot. They are coming into this one on a good run of form, too, winning 3 in a row and going 6-2-2 in their last 10 games.
The Penguins are one of those teams that are good at home and on the road, with their records in each being very similar. On home ice, the Penguins are sitting at 21-13-3 and already have a win over the Predators under their belt this season. Covering the spread at home has been more of an issue for Pittsburgh, who are 16-21 in their own building.
- Goals: 3.39
- Shots: 32.92
- PP/PK Percentage: 25.35
- Goals: 2.96
- Shots: 33.40
- PP/PK Percentage: 19.07
Predators vs Penguins NHL Betting Trends
- Nashville is 2-6 ATS in its last 8 games on the road
- Nashville is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games on the road
- The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Nashville’s last 5 games on the road
- Pittsburgh is 3-6 ATS in its last 9 games at home
- Pittsburgh is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games at home
- The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Pittsburgh’s last 7 games at home
Expert Pick & Final Score Prediction for Predators vs Penguins
The win that the Penguins picked up over the Predators this season was the first time in 6 meetings that the road team had won in this series. I think we get back to that previous trend, as I like Pittsburgh to get the win here.
Score: Nashville Predators 2 – Pittsburgh Penguins 3