This game is sure to be tight, as two teams with solid defense clash tonight. The Nashville Predators enter this game ranked 19th in the NHL with a record of 35-26-8. The Predators are on a hot streak, going 6-3-1 in their last 10 games and winning three of them in a row. Nashville has been perfectly fine on the road this season, going 18-12-4 so far. On the other hand, the Toronto Maple Leafs are ranked 12th in the NHL with a record of 36-25-9. The Leafs are coming off of a win and have gone 5-4-1 in their last 10 games. The Maple Leafs have been average at home, going 18-9-7 so far in front of their home fans this season. Whichever team is going to win this game is going to need to bury some goals here tonight.
Nashville Predators Look for a Big Road WinNashville is 18th in the NHL in goals allowed per game when on the road. Pekka Rinne has been riding the struggle bus this year and the woes will continue unless he starts focusing on his rebounds and not allowing shooters to get wide gaps around the side of the circles.
On the other hand, the offense ranks 4th in the NHL in goals scored per game when away from home. Roman Josi is shocking the hockey world, racking up over 60 points this season as a defenseman. Josi has been a machine when it comes to creating scoring opportunities and will need to do so here tonight to get the win in Toronto.
Toronto Maple Leafs Look for Home WinThe Maple Leafs have been struggling as of late. Toronto ranks 8th in the NHL in goals scored per game when at home. The Maple Leafs will look towards Mitch Marner to light up the goal horn here tonight. Marner has been great all year long, ranking 2nd in points scored for Toronto this season. Mitch Marner has almost 70 points so far this season, more assists than goals. Marner will hopefully find the back of the net tonight to help take down the Predators.
Toronto ranks 23rd in the NHL in goals allowed per game when in front of their home fans. Frederik Andersen has been solid all year long but needs some additional support from his guys in front. Toronto is going to need to tighten up on defense and start blocking more shots if they want to cut down on their goals allowed.
- Maple Leafs are 1-4 in their last 5 vs. Western Conference.
- Predators are 5-0 in their last 5 Thursday games.