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Nashville favored by -163 against Carolina on Thursday

Carolina Hurricanes

Nashville Predators
11-12-5 December 05, 2013, 08:00 PM | Bridgestone Arena 13-12-3

The hockey wagering menu sees a clash between Nashville and Carolina on Thursday, with the host Predators trying to win for themselves and reward bettors who back them on the moneyline.

Nashville battles the Hurricanes, currently with a 11-12-5 mark. The OVER/UNDER records, important for totals bettors, are 9-14-5 for the Predators and 9-15-4 for the Hurricanes.

View Carolina Hurricanes vs Nashville Predators Odds and Stats.

The Predators were listed earlier today as -163 moneyline Favorite at most sportsbooks tracked by Odds Shark (including Bovada, while oddsmakers set the opening total around 5.

It's a hockey betting matchup between the No. 19-rated Predators and the No. 28-ranked Hurricanes, according to the latest NHL power poll here at Odds Shark.

Carolina won its last outing, a 4-1 result against the Capitals on December 3. Bettors who backed the Hurricanes at +150 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (5) sent UNDER bettors to the payout window.

The Predators were a 3-1 loser in their most recent outing at home against the Canucks. That made winners of bettors who got Vancouver at -135 on the moneyline, while the total score (4) was good news for UNDER bettors.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Nashville's No. 24-ranked offense (2.25 goals per game) against a Hurricanes defense that ranks No. 19 at 2.82 goals per game allowed. The Predators powerplay has clicked at a 19.32% rate while the Hurricanes have a 79.38% rate on the penalty kill.

Next up:
Carolina home to San Jose, Friday, December 6th
Nashville at Washington, Saturday, December 7th