Blue Jackets vs. Predators Prediction
Even though they'll be expensive for bettors, the Predators are worth a play tonight when they host the Blue Jackets at 8:00PM ET.
According to oddsmakers from online sports book Bovada.lv, the Predators are -200 money line favorites versus the Blue Jackets, who are +170 money line underdogs to pull off the upset. As for the total, the number currently sits at 5 goals.
Pekka Rinne stopped 23 shots on 25 attempts then slammed the door shut on the Canucks in the Predators' 3-2 win on Thursday night. Rinne has won four straight games while allowing just two goals in each of those contests. He owns a 31-19-10 record to go along with a 2.41 goals against average and a .910 save percentage.
On the other side of the equation tonight is Sergei Bobrovsky, who allowed three goals on 24 shots in the Blue Jackets' 3-2 loss to the Hurricanes on Thursday night. Bobrovsky is 13-17-1 on the year with a 2.72 goals against average and a .909 save percentage. He's been inconsistent since his latest return from injury.
The Predators have won five of their last six home games and are 4-1 in their last five games overall. They're also 8-2 in their last 10 games after allowing two goals or less in their previous contest while the Blue Jackets are winless at 0-4 in their last four road games and have dropped five of their last seven as well. Lay the points.
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