Free NHL Picks Today: Nashville Predators vs Vancouver Canucks 2/21/23

Free NHL Picks Today: Nashville Predators vs Vancouver Canucks 2/21/23
Tue 21st February 2023

The Vancouver Canucks (22-30-4) are on the road to face the Nashville Predators (26-22-6) at Bridgestone Arena on Tuesday. Vancouver is coming off a high-scoring 6-2 win over the Flyers on Saturday, snapping a run of three defeats in a row.

The Canucks committed only two penalties in the game, yet still conceded a power play goal. Elias Pettersson and Anthony Beauvillier both scored twice for the Canucks. Arturs Silovs saved an impressive 35 of 37 shots (.945%) in the win.Nashville fell 4-3 to the Wild on Sunday.

Tommy Novak, Roman Josi, and Nino Niederreiter scored one apiece for the Predators. Novak added two assists to lead the team in scoring. Juuse Saros only had 31 saves on 35 shots against (.885%) in the loss.


The Predators won the first meeting between the teams this season, a 4-3 (SO) victory in November. Jordan Gross (2G 0A), Niederreiter (1G 1A), and Mattias Ekholm (0G 2A) each had two points to lead Nashville. J.T. Miller (1G 1A) and Quinn Hughes (0G 2A) each had two points to lead Vancouver. Saros got the win, saving 42 of 45 shots (.933%).


Vancouver is averaging 3.36 goals per game for the season, 10th in the NHL, and they are taking on a Predators team that is allowing 3.00 goals a game (14th). Meanwhile, Nashville has found the net 2.78 times a game on average, 26th in the league, and the Canucks are allowing opponents to score 4.02 goals per game (31st).

The Predators will be seeking to build on their 29th-ranked power play percentage of 16.76% against the Canucks, who are the league’s weakest penalty killing team (66.05%). Vancouver, meanwhile, has scored on 23.40% of their power play opportunities (10th), which the visiting team will be aiming to improve on against Nashville’s 15th-ranked 79.78% penalty killing rate.


With 71 points this season, Pettersson is the top skater for the Canucks. He has 27 goals and 44 assists in 54 games. In the net, Thatcher Demko (3-10-2) is Vancouver’s top goaltender by goals against average.

He has a 3.93 GAA and a .883% save percentage. Spencer Martin (11-15-1) leads the Canucks in games played in goal. He has a GAA of 3.99 and a save percentage of .871%.Josi leads the Predators in scoring with 49 points. He has 15 goals and 34 assists.


Vancouver is 11-15-3 away from home this season. Nashville is 15-10-3 at Bridgestone Arena this season.

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Nashville Predators (-160)

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