Nashville Predators vs. Montreal Canadiens Betting Odds & Pick from Will Rogers: February 10th 2018

| February 10, 2018

Nashville Predators vs. Montreal Canadiens
NHL Betting Pick: NAS -141 odds (February 10th 2018)

The set-up: The Nashville Predators were the West’s No. 8 seed last year but made it all the way to the Stanley Cup Finals, before falling to the Penguins in six games. Montreal won the East’s Atlantic Division last year with 103 points but fell in the first round of the playoffs to the Rangers in six games. Both team’s have followed up on last year’s playoff performances here in the 2017-18 season, as Nashville has built on its postseason success by going 32-12-9 (73 points). That has them atop the West’s Central Dicvision. In stark contrast, the Canadiens’ playoff collapse last year was a harbinger of what was to come this season. Montreal is just 22-26-2 and with 50 points, sits 10 points out of the East’s final wild card spot.

Nashville: The Predators carry a 9-1-4 mark in their last 14 games into the Bell Centre to face Montreal. Defenseman P.K. Subban returns to the Bell Centre for the second time since being traded, as the Predators conclude a four-game road trip. Subban scored twice in Thursday’s 4-3 overtime loss to Ottawa to increase his point total to 25 (11 goals, 14 assists) in his past 24 games. He has excelled with Nashville as his 15 goals are tied for his career high, while his assist (28) and point (43) totals are tops with the Predators. Filip Forsberg is eligible to return after serving a three-game suspension for his hit on New York Rangers forward Jimmy Vesey. Prior to the ban, he had recorded back-to-back multi-point performances after missing 11 games with a hand injury. Forsberg’s 16 goals trail Viktor Arvidsson (18) for the team lead, with the latter tallying six times in a nine-game stretch before being held in check at Ottawa.

Montreal: The Canadiens have seen a rare spark from an offense which ranks 27th in scoring (2,59 GPG), having scored 12 goals over their last three games, although the Canadiens had their two-game winning streak ended with a 5-3 loss at the Philadelphia Flyers on Thursday. Artturi Lehkonen scored his third goal over his last two games on Thursday after converting on a short-handed breakaway versus the Flyers. RW Brendan Gallagher (19 goals & 31 points has three goals and four assists in his last seven contests. Captain Max Pacioretty leads with 33 points (16 goals).

The pick: Pekka Rinne owns a 7-2-2 mark with two shutouts, a 1.42 goals-against average and .949 save percentage in 11 career encounters versus the Canadiens. He’ll face the struggling Carey Price, who is only 15-20-4 this season (2.95 GAA & .906 SP). Give me the Preds.

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