The Nashville Predators head to Newark to face the New Jersey Devils who come from a four-game stretch on the road on Thursday night. Both teams are coming back from impressive wins in their last NHL games, the Predators having the better of Washington Capitals while New Jersey saw off the Senators. Each team would’ve welcomed the victory looking at their current position in the standing of their respective conferences. Nashville has a record of 23-19-7 that has them in 6th position in the Central Division out in the West.
The Devils are playing to save face this season, with an 18-24-7 record ensuring that they are 8th in the Metropolitan Division in the Eastern Conference. This interconference matchup is perfectly poised to be a humdinger, with both teams seemingly hoping that they’ve turned the tide. The team from Jersey will expect that the fans and home ice play a key role in how the game unfolds. They will need all the luck they can get.
New Jersey Devils vs Nashville Predators Predictions
The Predators won’t be any pushovers, despite what their current ranking may suggest. The Washington Capitals learned this the hard way when they fell 5-4 playing at home. This is Nashville’s second game on the road and they’ve proven that they can rise to any challenge. Here’s what they’ll have to contend with tonight:
It is New Jersey Devil’s first home game following the All-Star break and they will have to find a way against former head coach John Hynes on his return to Prudential Center. Following his stint with the franchise (2015-2019), Hynes was announced as Nashville’s new head coach on January 7th.
The Devils will hope star player Nico Hischier puts in an excellent performance again after he scored two against St. Louis in the ASG. Brimming with confidence, he’ll want to show out for his team and revenge the last game they played in Nashville when they lost 6-4.
The Predators have it all to play for with a playoff spot within touching distance. Just four points short, they will rely on Roman Josi to close out the offensive game of the Devils, as the Predators won’t struggle to score.
With a strong record against teams from the Metropolitan Division (6-3-0), the Predators will make light of the team at the bottom of the standing.
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Both teams have a dismal defensive record, thus the crucial statistic lies in the goal average. Nashville poses a larger threat with Mikael Granlund and Viktor Arvidsson, seemingly finding the goal with great execution. The Predators will win this game in order to close the gap and secure the playoff spot,
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