The NHL is back in action today as the Nashville Predators will clash with the Montreal Canadiens.
The Predators will be heading into this game after a surprising 4-3 defeat in the Motor City against the Red Wings last night.
On the other side, the Habs enjoyed a solid 2-0 home wins against the Canucks.
Nashville Predators Form
The Predators have not been playing well lately. Moreover, they have had a prolonged losing streak as they were defeated 6 times in a row. However, they were able to get back to winning ways as they won their last two games. Yet, the Preds took a step back as they were shocked by the Red Wings on Friday night.
Nashville had a two goals lead, but Larkin scored with 24.9 seconds left in overtime and shocked the Preds. The Red Wings had lost their last 6 games and Nashville was the big favourite to win here.
The Preds need a win in this game in order to keep the pace for a wildcard for the postseason. And especially after the loss in Detroit, this game is a must win for them.
Their away form this season stands at 9-10. Also, their average away scoring stands at 3.05 goals per game. Furthermore, they allow an average of 3.00 goals per game on the road.
Montreal Canadiens Form
The Habs are heading into this game after a solid display against the Canucks. Moreover, they showed that they can defend as they beat Vancouver with a score of 2-0. However, this win is not a coincidence as they have been playing very well lately.
They have a chance for a playoff spot but the Bruins are serious competition for them.
Their home form this season stands at 11-9. Also, their offensive average at home stands at 3.25 goals per game.
On the defensive side of the game, they have been conceding an average of 3.10 goals per game.
It seems that the Predators are not able to keep the pace. They had a tough game in Detroit last night and playing with no rest will certainly be a challenge. Also, their away form is poor as they won only 1 in their last 11 games on the road. While on the other side, the Habs are playing good lately and I expect a solid game from them again. Go for the Canadiens in this one.
My Free Pick & Prediction for Nashville Predators vs. Montreal Canadiens on 1/5/2019
is: Take the Montreal Canadiens -385 (money line)
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