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Canadiens visit Nashville Predators in NHL clash

Montreal Canadiens

Nashville Predators
21-13-3 December 21, 2013, 07:00 PM | Bridgestone Arena 16-16-3

Montreal pays a visit to Nashville on Saturday, hoping to shut down the Predators snipers in hockey action at Bridgestone Arena.

Nashville battles the Canadiens, currently with a 21-13-3 mark. The OVER/UNDER records, important for totals bettors, are 12-16-7 for the Predators and 10-23-4 for the Canadiens.

View Montreal Canadiens vs Nashville Predators Odds and Stats.

The visitors opened as -110 moneyline favorites in this one at most online sportsbooks tracked at Odds Shark, including 5Dimes. The total opened at 5 for those preferring over under wagers, watch for the line updates during the day at Bovada.

According to new NHL Power Rankings here, it's the No. 19-ranked Predators and the No. 18-rated Canadiens in this matchup.

Nashville lost its last outing, a 4-2 result against the Lightning on December 19. Bettors who backed the Lightning at -135 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (6) sent OVER bettors to the payout window.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Nashville's No. 28-ranked offense (2.29 goals per game) against a Canadiens defense that ranks No. 4 at 2.19 goals per game allowed. The Predators powerplay has clicked at a 19.64% rate while the Canadiens have a 87.8% rate on the penalty kill.

A few Canadiens at Predators trends to consider:
Montreal is 11-5 SU in its last 16 games
Montreal is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Montreal's last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 13 of Montreal's last 16 games on the road
Nashville is 3-7 SU in its last 10 games
Nashville is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games at home
Nashville is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games when playing Montreal
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Nashville's last 5 games when playing Montreal

Next up:
Montreal at Tampa Bay, Saturday, December 28th
Nashville home to Boston, Monday, December 23rd