Don't miss out on the NHL showdown between the Predators and Capitals. The game is starting at 7:00 ET on ESPN+, and it's hosted by the Capitals at Capital One Arena in Washington, DC. Get ready to place your bets! This non-conference matchup has an over/under of 6.5 goals, and the Capitals are favored to win at home vs. the Predators.

NASHVILLE PREDATORS VS WASHINGTON CAPITALS BETTING PICK

The Pick: Washington Capitals -1.5

This game will be played at Capital One Arena at 7:00 ET on Saturday, December 30th.

WHY BET THE WASHINGTON CAPITALS:

  • With a 1.5-goal advantage on the spread, our projections favor the Capitals to secure a 4-3 victory.
  • Take the Capitals on the moneyline
  • On the spread, we like Predators (+1.5)

Do the Predators Have What it Takes on the Road?

This season, the Predators have a mark of 19-16-1. When going on the road, Nashville has a record of 8-7-1 record, while they are 11-9-0 at their home arena. They are currently positioned 5th in the Western Central division and 8th in the Western conference.

In terms of the puck line, Nashville posted a 19-17 record. On the road they are 8-8 against the puck line, while their overall home performance is 11-9. This season, Nashville's games are averaging 6.3 goals per game. Their average over/under line is 6.2. The Predators currently have an over/under record of 16-15-5.

Across their last three road contests, Nashville has been good against the puck line posting a mark of 3-0. Their overall mark in these games was 2-1, while averaging 4 goals per game.

The Predators come into the game scoring an average of 3.1 goals per game, putting them 13th in the NHL. Regarding shots targeted at the goal per game, they are 12th in the league. In terms of the Predators' offense during power plays, they are 12th in power play goals and 8th in shorthanded goals.

Nashville will be looking for a good game from Filip Forsberg who leads the team in scoring with 18 goals, ranking 11th in the NHL. Along with his scoring, he has come up with 23 assists so far.

Defensively, the Capitals come into the season ranked 22nd in goals allowed. Opponents are averging 30.7 shots per game against Washington. For the season, they are ranked 18th in shutouts, coming in with 2 shutouts.

Goalie Yaroslav Askarov gets the start and has made zero starts this season. His record at this point is 0-0, and his save percentage is 0.16%.

Can Washington Secure a Home Victory?

As they head into their game vs. the Predators, the Capitals have a 17-11-5 record thus far. While playing at home, their record stands at 9-4-3, and they have 8-7-2 mark on the road. In the Eastern Metropolitan division, they are currently 6th, and in the Eastern conference, they come into the game sitting 9th.

Washington is 14-19 against the puck line this season. On the road, their puck line record sits at 7-10 compared to 7-9 at home. For the season, Washington's games have finished with an average of 5.3 goals per game. Their average over/under line for the season is 6.1. Overall, the Capitals have an over/under record of 11-21-1.

When looking at their past three home matchups, Washington has an puck line record of 0-3 while averaging 1 per game. The team went 1-2 overall in these games.

On offense, the Capitals are averaging 2.3 goals per game which is 31st in the NHL. In terms of shots on goal per game, they are 31st in the league. Looking at how the Capitals' offense is performing during power plays, they are 32nd in power play goals and 28th in shorthanded goals.

Washington will be looking for a good game from Dylan Strome who leads the team in scoring with 13 goals, ranking 54th in the NHL. In addition to his goal scoring, Strome has 7 assists this season.

Washington defense takes on the Predators ranked 22nd in goals allowed. On average, opponents are averaging 30.7 shots per game against Washington. They alsso are 18th in shutouts, with 2 shutouts.

Goalie Darcy Kuemper gets the start and has made 17 starts this season. His record at this point is 8-8, and his save percentage is 0.71%.