Predators vs. Penguins Prediction
The Nashville Predators and a suddenly cold Pekka Rinne will visit the Pittsburgh Penguins tonight at 7:00PM ET looking to put an end to a two-game skid.
According to oddsmakers from online sports book BetDSI, the Penguins are -140 money line favorites to beat the Predators, who have odds of +120 to pull off the upset on the road. As for the total, the number currently sits at 5.5 goals.
After winning five consecutive starts, Rinne has lost back-to-back games in off performances. First he was pulled after making only seven saves on 10 shots in a 4-3 loss to visiting Colorado on Monday and then allowed three goals on 23 shots in Tuesday's 5-2 loss to Dallas. Granted, two of the Stars' goals were scored into an empty net but Rinne is clearly off his game right now.
On the other side is Marc-Andrew Fleury, who stopped 25 of 27 shots in the Pens' 3-2 overtime win on Sunday over the Rangers. He currently owns a 34-17-6 record with a 2.29 goals-against-average and a .921 save percentage in 2015-16. Fleury has allowed only four goals in his last two starts, both victories.
Nashville has had issues with Pittsburgh in previous games. The Predators are just 1-6 in their last seven games versus the Penguins and have dropped four of their last five on the road. Pittsburgh, meanwhile, is 9-1 in its last 10 games, 7-1 in its last eight games coming off a win, and 4-1 in its last five home games.
THURSDAY NHL FREE PICK: PITTSBURGH PENGUINS -140