The new look Nashville Predators hope to extend their winning streak and continue their playoff push when they host the Pittsburgh Penguins. Nashville sits six points out of the last Western Conference playoff spot and a lengthy win streak is needed to get into the postseason. Let’s take a look at the Preds chances of keeping their momentum going in today’s NHL betting preview or Penguins vs Predators.
Penguins vs Predators Betting Pick
|ℹ️ The Pick:||Predators Moneyline (+115)|
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This game will be played at Bridgestone Arena at 8:00 PM ET on Tuesday, February 28, 2023.
Why Bet On the Predators:
✅ Pittsburgh struggles away from home with a road record of 13-12-5 this season.
✅ The Predators offense has been rolling of late, scoring six goals in back to back games to beat the Arizona Coyotes and San Jose Sharks.
✅ The plus money value on a Nashville team playing to get into the playoff race is too enticing to pass up with the Penguins moneyline price a bit too short to consider at -135 odds at the time of writing.
|4||Avg Opp Score||2.67|
|2.67||Avg Opp Score||4|
|4.2||Avg Opp Score||3|
|3.4||Avg Opp Score||4.2|
|3.7||Avg Opp Score||3.4|
|3||Avg Opp Score||3.1|
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The Penguins head out on the road for the week with a southern swing that starts in Nashville and ends in Florida with games against the Panthers and Lightning. Continuing to find ways to win during this road trip is crucial to the Penguins holding on to one of the Wild Card spots in the Eastern Conference, where four teams are within three points of the Pens.
Veteran forward Evgeni Malkin has been carrying the Penguins in the direction of the playoffs with some strong play since the All-Star break. Malkin has four goals and eight points in the last five games. Malkin has +180 odds to score a goal in Nashville as an enticing play in the NHL player prop betting market.
Tristan Jarry has returned to the Penguins crease after missing a month due to injury. Jarry’s results have been mixed in his three games since returning on February 20, losing his first two games before getting into the win column against the St. Louis Blues. Jarry finding his pre-injury form would be a major boost to the Penguins hopes of getting into the playoffs and making a run, so there is a bit of pressure on him to start making big saves and racking up wins.
The Predators appear to be in the middle of a balancing act of looking into the future while trying to make a playoff push. The team will have a new GM next season in Barry Trotz and said goodbye to both Nino Neiderreiter and Tanner Jeannot with trades that signal a rebuilding phase for the franchise.
Neiderreiter was shipped off to the Winnipeg Jets while Jeannot was traded to the Lightning for an impressive haul of draft picks that included first and second round selections. Those trades will help the Predators in the long term but will likely hurt their chances of sneaking into the postseason this year.
Still, the likes of Matt Duchene, Filip Forsberg and Roman Josi are used to playoff hockey as veteran leaders in Nashville and should see out the rest of the season by playing their hearts out to try to get into the postseason. That effort and veteran leadership was on full display on Sunday night when Josi scored twice and Duchene got on the board in the Predators 6-2 win over the Coyotes. If the Predators can keep getting production from their key guys, the playoff dream isn’t over yet in Nashville.