Free NHL Picks For Tonight (Dec 27): Predators vs Blues Prediction
The NHL took a break after Saturday’s games so that NHL players could go home for the holidays. On Wednesday night the NHL starts back up again. Eleven games are on the board for Wednesday night’s action. Here is my best NHL pick for December 27. Odds can be found at Sportsbetting.ag. If you have thought about buying sports betting picks you should read our Pay For Picks article and take advantage of our free NHL consensus betting picks for tonight instead of paying for them.
Nashville Predators vs St. Louis Blues Prediction
Nashville and St. Louis battle in a game for first place in the Central Division. St. Louis will enter the game on top of the division. The Blues have gone 23-13-2. Nashville is only one point below them. The Predators are 21-9-5. Nashville enters the night on a three-game losing streak, which is their longest of the season. St. Louis has lost five of their last seven but won their last game before the break.
The Predators and Blues have played once already this season. Nashville ended up winning the game 2-0. Ryan Johansen scored early in the first period. Johansen then assisted on Austin Watson’s empty-net goal in the last minute of the game. Pekka Rinne stopped all thirty-four shots. Carter Hutton stopped twenty-six of twenty-seven shots on him. The game was held in St. Louis.
St. Louis has struggled recently, largely because of injury problems. Jay Bouwmeester, Samuel Blais, and Jaden Schwartz have all been placed on injured reserve in the month of December. Schwartz is the biggest hit on that list. He has put up thirty-five points in thirty games. Schwartz’s linemates, Vladimir Tarasenko and Brayden Schenn, have struggled in his absence. Both players have been big contributors for the Blues. Schenn currently leads the Blues in points with forty. Tarasenko has thirty-six points.
The only injury for the Predators has been Ryan Ellis. Ellis has been out all season because of offseason knee surgery. Ellis is eyeing a return in early January. Filip Forsberg has been the leader for the Predators. Forsberg has thirty-three points. Kevin Fiala is second in points with twenty-six. P.K. Subban is right behind him with twenty-five. Six other players on the Predators have surpassed the twenty-point mark.
Nashville Predators (+105) at St. Louis Blues (-116)
Pekka Rinne is expected to start for the Predators on Wednesday night. Rinne has posted a .923 save percentage and a GAA of 2.50. He shut out the Blues in their last meeting, but I do not expect him to do it again. Rinne has been consistently great in net for the Predators and I expect that to continue. Jake Allen is likely to get the start in net for the Blues. Allen has been solid in net for St. Louis all season long. While he has not been as good as Rinne, Allen has helped the Blues get off to a fast start. He has a save percentage of .913 and a 2.55 GAA. Allen will need to play better than average if he wants to outplay Rinne.
Coming out of the break, the Blues are still dealing with their same issues. St. Louis is listed at a -116 money line, which implies they will win this game fifty-four percent of the time. Nashville is on a cold streak entering the game, but I expect that to end soon. As an underdog in the game, the Predators are a great pick.