NHL Free Pick: Nashville Predators vs. Minnesota Wild 10/22/13
Date/Time: October 22nd, 8:00 p.m. ET
Television: NBC Sports Network
NHL Betting Odds from Bookmaker Sportsbook
Moneyline: Minnesota -145
Things have been going well for the Nashville Predators thus far on their road trip. They are looking for a clean sweep of three games without conceding any points when they battle it out on the NHL betting lines on Tuesday night against the sliding Minnesota Wild.
Nashville unpredictably went on the road over the weekend and took out the Winnipeg Jets and the Montreal Canadiens in back to back nights in two different cities. They weren’t the proudest games in the world, but for a team that was expected to be one of the worst three or four in the Western Conference this year, this is a tremendous accomplishment no matter how you slice it. Nashville managed to put together 63 shots on goal in two games, something that a suspect offense wasn’t supposed to be able to do, while G Pekka Rinne and this defense were sharp, holding foes down to just a total of two goals. Rinne had the night off on Sunday, but he’ll be back in there tonight in all likelihood with a shot to log a sixth straight game with at least a point for the Preds.
The Wild aren’t in the best of shape right now, too. They have lost three games in a row, and they are really struggling to find a way to put the puck in the back of the net. Three straight games have featured just one goal apiece, though all three of those games have come on the road. The team didn’t look all that bad, all things considered, but playing at even strength has been a massive problem. You can’t only score one even strength goal in three games in total and expect to have any wins. If there is a bright spot, it’s that this defense continues to really do a nice job in front of G Josh Harding and G Niklas Backstrom. The Wild haven’t had a game all season long in which they have allowed more than 30 shots on goal, and there have been three games where teams have failed to reach even 20 shots on goal. The bad news? One of those games saw four goals hit the scoreboard, as Minnesota allowed four goals on just 14 shots against the Toronto Maple Leafs last Tuesday.
The Wild are failing when they really have to get some offense together in the third period, and we think that they are going to once again falter in this spot. It’s tough to take just +135 on the road with the Preds, but they have proven over the course of the last few games that they are a worthy team. When we look back on this one in a few weeks, this might look like a steal of a price, as this very well could be a game in which Nashville should be favored in when push comes to shove.
Nashville Predators @ Minnesota Wild Pick: Nashville Predators +135
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