The NHL is back in action on Tuesday evening as the powerful Nashville Predators will face the Florida Panthers at the BB&T Center in Sunrise, Florida. The Predators will head into this game after a stunning 4-1 away win over the Lightning, while the Panthers will be playing this game on no rest as they beat the Hurricanes 3-2 on Monday Night in a very tight game.
Nashville Predators Form
The Preds are enjoying another good season. They will be the number one seed in the west this and are aiming for a return trip to the Stanley Cup Finals. Their form is gaining momentum as they have won three of their last games. Nashville away form has been also pretty solid as they have gone 24-15 with an average of 3.03 goals per game and have allowed 2.44 goals per game in those games.
On the offensive side of the ice, Nashville has some solid stats. The Predators are ranked 7th in the league in scoring at 3.19 goals per game, with a converting rate of 20.2% of their chances. At the defensive part of the game, they are one of the strongest teams so far as they are 2nd place in goals allowed, letting in 2.49 goals per game, allowing opponents to convert on 17.8% of their chances.
Florida Panthers Form
The Panthers are still in the fight for a playoff spot this season, at least mathematically. The Panthers need to win their remaining games while hoping that the Devils will lose all of their remaining games. However, that is a very hard task. They have not been playing well lately and before the win on Monday evening, the Panthers lost their previous three games. The Florida home record is 23-14 here this season and they have averaged 3.30 goals per game while allowing 2.92 goals per game in those games.
The Panthers have been average on the offensive side of the game as they are ranked 14th in the league in scoring at 2.97 goals per game, converting on 18.9% of their chances. Their defensive stats are bellow average as they are on the 19th spot in goals allowed, letting in 3.03 goals per game, allowing to the opposing teams to convert 19.3% of their chances.
The Panthers have not impressed this season and I think that they are no match for the Predators. This Nashville team is better in every aspect of the game. Moreover, the Predators go into this game on rest, while the Panthers had a tight game against the Hurricanes on Monday. Although they played good in their recent games at home, I firmly believe that the rested Predators have the offensive capabilities to win this game.
My Free Pick & Prediction for Nashville Predators vs Florida Panthers today on 4/3/2018 is: Take the Nashville Predators -130 (money line bet)
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