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Nashville Predators vs Toronto Maple Leafs NHL Pick 3/12/20

The Nashville Predators play their third match on the road when they face the Toronto Maple Leafs on Thursday night in the NHL’s top pick. The road seems to agree with the team from Nashville, winning the last two games against the Dallas Stars and the Montreal Canadiens, respectively. Owing to their three-game winning streak, the Predators are on a resurgence phase, in the fifth position of the Central Division in the  Western Conference.

They come up against a buoyant Maple Leaf team that snapped a three-game losing skid last time out when they defeated the Tampa Bay Lightning at home. Home-ice will come to the fore again when they try to get back to winning ways. They are third in the Atlantic Division with 81 points this season.

Nashville Predators vs Toronto Maple Leafs Predictions

Toronto will fancy their chances of winning after a strong showing against a Lightning side that leads the division. They will be wary though of the Predator threat, which is getting on song just in time for the grueling postseason. Here are some stats that we feel can shape the game:

  • The Predators team is showing good form, averaging 3.1 goals per game, and are scoring on 16.8 percent of their power plays. Nashville’s lead scorer is Filip Forsberg with 19 goals, while Roman Josi has 47 assists, and Craig Smith has 181 shots on goal.
  • On the defensive end, the Predators are allowing 3.2 goals per game and only killing 75.6 percent of their opponent’s power play opportunities.
  • Toronto will look to take advantage of that, averaging 3.4 goals per game and are scoring on 22.6 percent of their power plays. Maple Leafs’ goal-scoring machine is Auston Matthews, who leads the team with 46 goals, assisted by Mitch Marner has 49 APG, and Morgan Rielly has 122 shots on goal.
  • They are dismal at the back of late, having allowed only three or more goals in 12 of their previous 22 games in the league. On average, the Toronto Maple Leafs are allowing 3.2 goals per game and are killing 77.2 percent of their opponent’s power-play opportunities.

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Its form versus class and with only a few playoffs spots up for grabs; the NHL teams are out to win every game. Toronto is in touching distance of a postseason round and is pegged as favorites. However, Nashville won’t go down without a fight. The Predators are likely to cause an upset and avenge the humiliating loss earlier in the season.

Date: Thursday, March 12, 2020, 7:00 pm ET

Location: Scotiabank Arena

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