NHL Free Picks & Predictions: San Jose Sharks @ Nashville Predators

NHL Free Picks & Predictions: San Jose Sharks @ Nashville Predators

San Jose Sharks are still hunting for their first win of the season, but will they be able to stop the talented Nashville Predators roster?

Nashville Predator’s Swedish trio will look to improve on their promising start to the season. The Sharks will have to dig deep to find a result.

San Jose Sharks (1.53) vs Nashville Predators (2.57)

The San Jose Sharks are coming into this game off the back of a 0-3 start to the season. Their last game at home to the top of the Pacific Western leaders, the Anaheim Ducks, ended in misery losing 3-1.

It's quite a different story for the Nashville Predators, who are sitting third in the league and are 1-1 from their first two games and showed real dominance during preseason. The addition of Matt Duchene has looked a great acquisition, having already tallied a team-high 5 assists.

Take Nashville to bounceback after their loss to the Detroit Red Wings.

Nashville Predators To beat the San Jose Sharks
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Filip Forsberg to continue his goal scoring prowess, to score first (1.90)

The young Swede shares his name with the hall of famer Peter ́Foppa ́ Forsberg and will be looking to emulate the great man ́s success. So far this season he's netted two and assisted one, whilst putting in some quality performances.

During the 2014/15 season is when Forsberg began to show his worth. Racking up 25+ goals and assists per season. He's dropped off slightly over the last two years, but he seems reinvigorated and with the Predators recording consistent wins, he could be back to his best.

Take Filip Forsberg to score first.

Filip Forsberg To score first

Sharks to take a beating, Predators to win by 3 (8.00)

The Sharks have been effective offensively so far this season, though less can be said for their defence. In 9 games so far, including preseason, they've conceded 35 goals.

A shocking statistic by all accounts and coach Peter DeBoer will be feeling the heat under his seat.

On the other side we have the Nashville Predators, who have netted 26 goals in 8 games. Given the home side’s leaky defence and the visitor ́s fluid front 3 in Ekholm, Arvidsson and Forsberg, it could be a long night at the SAP centre for the Sharks.

Predators to run riot and win by 3.

Predators To win by 3 goals

Sharks vs Predators: By the numbers, total over goals 6 (1.91)

The Sharks are gifting goals and the Predators are rampant. But what do the stats tell us?

Let’s take a quick look at the stats going into this one.

  • Average goals per game Sharks 1 | Predators 4. 
  • Average goals conceded per game Sharks 4 | Predators 3.
  • Shots per game Sharks 31 | Predators 37
  • Shot differential of Sharks -1.3 | Predators +11.

Clearly the stats favour the Predators, and most damning is the shot differential. This is something that must be addressed for the home side. 

In the last 6 meetings between the two sides, the Predators have won all 6! Will the red light be flashing all night? We think so.

Go with the over, total to exceed 6.

Total Goals To exceed 6

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