*10* NHL GAME OF THE WEEK (Power Sports)
Nashville vs. San Jose,
11/09/2019 22:30 EDT,
Score: 1 - 2
Money Line: -126 Nashville
10* Nashville (10:35 ET): You can bet the Predators will be eager to take the ice here after being embarrassed in Colorado Thursday night. They lost 9-4 to the Avs, a shocking result for a team that had outscored its first 15 opponents by 17 goals. It was also their third loss in the last four games. But they get a reprieve tonight w/ this matchup against the Sharks. Despite posting B2B wins, San Jose has not been good this season as they've been outscored by 17 goals so far. Earlier in the week, I took Nashville on the road against a lesser opponent (Detroit). They won 6-1 and that's what I'm expecting here.
This will be the 5th game on a 6-game homestand for San Jose. They lost the first two. But now they're back to 2-2 through four games. However, the two wins were against Chicago and Minnesota, the two weakest teams out of the Central. Plus, both situations were favorable. The Sharks got to play the Blackhawks at the end of a long road trip while the Wild were also in the 2nd of B2B road games. They still are allowing the 4th most goals per game in the league entering tonight.
Everyone is talking about Washington's offense right now, but Nashville actually averages the same number of goals per game (4.00). But it obviously wasn't offense that was the problem Thursday at Colorado. The nine goals allowed were a franchise record. Most shocking of all is how it happened. They actually led the Avalanche 3-2 in the second period before giving up SIX goals in an eight-minute span. Needless to say, such a thing won't be happening for the rest of the year. The Preds are simply the much better team here and already beat San Jose once, 5-2 back on October 8th (despite being outshot 35-25). 10* Nashville