The Nashville Predators (7-1)


11 Марта 2019 г.
Christian Petersen/Getty Images will go for their sixth consecutive win on Tuesday when they host the San Jose Sharks (4-3-1) as small home favorites at the sportsbooks. The Predators have outscored the opposition by a league-best 12 goals this season [url=http://www.minnesotawildteamshops.com/authentic-customized]Custom Minnesota Wild Jerseys[/url] , although they put goaltender Pekka Rinne on IR following a collision on Friday. NHL betting line: The Predators opened as -123 favorites (wager $123 to win $100); the total is at 5.5 goals, according to sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark. (Line updates and matchup report)NHL betting pick, via OddsShark computer: 3.5-2.5, Predators (NHL picks on every game)Check out the OddsShark podcast on iTunes or Spotify or at OddsShark.libsyn.com for more odds information, betting picks and a breakdown of this week's top sports betting news. Why the Sharks can pay on the NHL linesWhile Nashville has won five in a row, San Jose has put together a modest two-game winning streak heading into a three-game road trip after beating the Buffalo Sabres and New York Islanders at home by a combined score of 9-2.The Sharks had lost their previous two games on the road by just one goal apiece [url=http://www.blackhawksshoponline.com/authentic-patrick-kane-jersey]Patrick Kane Jersey[/url] , so at least they were competitive in both matchups despite suffering defeats each time. Led by a balanced scoring attack, this team has seven players with six points or more in the first eight games. Why the Predators can pay on the NHL linesThe Predators are fortunate to have an outstanding backup to replace Rinne in net with Juuse Saros already set as their goalie of the future. In fact, the 23-year-old is a perfect 4-0 this season with a 1.54 goals-against average after blanking the Edmonton Oilers in a 3-0 road victory on Saturday.Saros stopped all 31 Edmonton shots he faced in the win along with all nine in relief of Rinne versus the Flames. He was almost as good as Rinne last year too when he won the Vezina Trophy for being the NHL's best goalie. Smart betting pickThis is a fantastic matchup between two clubs expected to battle for the Western Conference title this season. But Nashville has won four of the past five meetings between the teams, according to the OddsShark NHL Database, since falling to San Jose in seven games during the 2016 playoffs.The Predators have also been the better team overall the past two years, so look for Saros to outplay counterpart Martin Jones in this spot and stay unbeaten between the pipes.NHL betting trendsThe total has gone under in five of San Jose's last seven games.The total has gone under in four of San Jose's last five games on the road.Nashville is 15-8 in its last 23 games at home.All NHL odds and betting trends according to Bleacher Report's official odds partner [url=http://www.montrealcanadiensteamshops.com]www.montrealcanadiensteamshops.com[/url] , OddsShark. Check out OddsShark on Twitter and Instagram or head to YouTube for more betting picks and analysis on this week's top games. You can also download the free odds tracker app. HERNING, Denmark (AP) Danish hockey is on the rise, even though the Danish hockey team has been knocked out of the world championships.The national team’s early elimination at its first world championships on home ice can hardly overshadow the boost the tournament has given the sport in the country.”I hope it spreads awareness of hockey in Denmark for a lot of families and hopefully they’ll try to get their kids to play hockey,” Columbus Blue Jackets forward Oliver Bjorkstrand said. ”Hopefully it gets more hockey kids involved and more media attention on hockey, of course. It’s something we’re hoping for at this tournament.”The progress has been obvious.In 2003, Denmark advanced to the top international division for the first time in 54 years and has not been relegated since. 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The others were Toronto Maple Leafs No. 1 goaltender Frederik Andersen and two San Jose Sharks forwards, Jannik Hansen and Mikkel Boedker.In 2011, Hansen became the first Dane to play the Stanley Cup finals with the Vancouver Canucks.At the world championships [url=http://www.redwingsshoponline.com/authentic-darren-helm-jersey]Darren Helm Jersey[/url] , Denmark beat Germany, Finland, Norway and South Korea but lost to Latvia 1-0 on Tuesday and missed out on the quarterfinals.Perhaps the absence of two Danish forwards currently busy in the NHL playoffs played a role in that.Lars Eller has five goals and seven assists in 15 playoff games for the Washington Capitals, who lead their Eastern Conference final against the Tampa Bay Lightning 2-1. Nikolaj Ehlers had a 60-point regular season with 29 goals and 31 assists for the Winnipeg Jets and has seven assists in the Western Conference final against the Vegas Golden Knights. That series is tied 1-1.”That’s been a long way (for Danish hockey),” Nielsen said. ”It’s been incredible and we’re proud of where we are today.”At this year’s worlds, Denmark enjoyed huge support from the roaring home fans mostly wearing red and white jerseys at their games in Herning. After the victories [url=http://www.redwingsshoponline.com/authentic-dylan-larkin-jersey]http://www.redwingsshoponline.com/authentic-dylan-larkin-jersey[/url] , the crowd and players sang the Danish national anthem together.”The whole city backs us up here,” said Nielsen, who is from Herning. ”It’s been incredible.”
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