The Nashville Predators (33-21-5) meet the Montreal Canadiens (31-18-7) at the Bridgestone Arena on Thursday evening.
The Predators are currently going through a mini slump in form on the back of three consecutive losses, with the latest coming on Tuesday evening when they went down 3-2 on home-ice against the Detroit Red Wings.
The Predators are averaging 3.07 Goals per Game, leaving them 12th in the overall NHL standings. Defensively they have only allowed 2.59 Goals per Game (4th overall). On an individual basis, Viktor Arvidsson has scored 25 goals, while Ryan Johansen has provided 41 assists.
The Canadiens last game was on Saturday evening, when their three-game winning streak was brought to an end as they lost 4-3 in OT on home-ice to arch-rivals the Toronto Maple Leafs.
The Habs are averaging 3.04 Goals per Game at present, which places them 13th in the overall NHL rankings. Defensively they are allowing 2.89 Goals per Game (tied 10th overall). Brendan Gallagher has scored 22 goals for the Habs this season, while Max Domi has contributed 32 assists.
With regards to our betting predictions for this game, home-ice advantage has to be a big factor in favour of the Predators. Against that, they have lost five of their last seven games at the Bridgestone Arena and the Habs have also had a decent rest period since their last game.
It could just be worth taking a chance on the Habs here, so they are the pick on the Money Line odds in this game.
Pick: Money Line – Montreal Canadiens @ +145 (888sport)