Blue Jackets Pound On Hapless Predators
Columbus Blue Jackets @ Nashville Predators – Saturday March 23, 2013 8:00PM ESY
The Nashville Predators sit in 12th place in the Western Conference, but the online betting experts point out that the team is only two points out of a playoff spot. The Predators were not playing like they wanted a playoff spot over the past week as the team is currently embroiled in a three-game losing streak. The fans in Nashville continue to lament what could have been with their hockey team as the team has come so close to being a Stanley Cup contender, only to have it all ripped away by free agency. The Preds still have one of the best goalies in the league in Pekka Rinne, but there is not much else left in Nashville to cheer about.
The betting sites experts are still trying to figure out what the Columbus Blue Jackets did to suddenly explode as one of the best teams in hockey in recent days. Goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky continues to prove that the Philadelphia Flyers got it completely wrong by choosing Ilya Bryzgalov to be their starter, but Bobrovsky is finding plenty of success and respect in Columbus. The Blue Jackets has a shot at making the playoffs, and the team has decided to go down fighting regardless as to whether it makes the playoffs or not.
Why the Predators Will Win
The sportsbook experts point out that, while Nashville is only two points out of a playoff spot, the team is also only four points from the Western Conference basement. The problem for Nashville has not changed all season long and that is the fact that the team simply cannot score goals. The team’s defense, led by Rinne, has put up very respectable numbers when it comes to goals against. But the Nashville offense is unable to score in clutch situations. If the Preds can pop a couple of key goals in this game, then it may have a chance at winning.
Why the Blue Jackets Will Win
All of the goodwill surrounding the Blue Jackets stems from the team’s 6-0-4 record in its previous 10 games. That stretch of games has pulled Columbus from the basement of the Western Conference to within two points of a playoff spot. If things continue as they have gone the past couple of weeks, then it would be the Blue Jackets that people would expect to see in the playoffs and not the Predators.
The Bottom Line
The fall from grace for the Predators has been hard and frustrating for the team and its fans. Normally, the Predators would look forward to the Columbus Blue Jackets coming to town. But the recent turn of events suddenly makes Nashville an underdog on its own home ice. When the puck is dropped, things will not get much better for the Predators at all.
Pick: Columbus Blue Jackets
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