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NHL odds, picks and predictions for Tuesday: Kings vs. Predators (10/18)

We’re about a week into the new NHL season, and most teams have already played two or three games. It’s still very early, but we’re getting quality insight into how the team is doing compared to what we expected in preseason.

As for the action tonight, there are eight games on the docket, with a quartet of East Coast games kicking off at 7pm ET. I have listed my top 3 bets on the NHL tonight. Let’s take a closer look at Kings vs. Predators.

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NHL odds, picks and predictions for Tuesday: Kings vs. Predators

Los Angeles Kings vs. Nashville Predators

The Kings are on a two-game winning streak going into tonight’s game 2-2-0. They picked up his 5-4 overtime win in Detroit last night and now head south into his second night of back-to-back runs against Nashville. The Preds are also 2-2-0, but have dropped back-to-back games to the Stars at 4-1 on Thursday and 5-1 on Saturday. This Western Conference showdown is scheduled for 9:30 PM ET from the Bridgestone Arena.

Los Angeles squandered three different one-goal leads last night, but were able to clinch the win thanks to Philippe Danneau’s unassisted overtime goal. Jonathan Quick started last night, and he made 29 saves on 33 head-to-head shots. That amount of action should set him aside in a back-to-back situation and we’ll see Cal Petersen at the net tonight. The 27-year-old Netminder is 1-0-0 with a 6.00 GAA and .829 SV%.

Nashville started the year with two wins over the sharks in Prague. However, they have dropped both contests since returning to the state, largely due to a lack of offensive production. But they have just 1 win and 16 losses (6.25%) and are ranked 28th. However, Nashville is usually a team that relies on strong defense and good goaltending to achieve success.

Juuse Saros is expected to nod between pipes tonight. He’s the main reason the Preds love to win at home. The 27-year-old goaltender starts the season with a 1-2-0 record, but he boasts a 2.54 GAA and .889 SV%. In his 39 home games last year, Salos saw him go 25-13 with a GAA of 2.26 for him and a .927 SV%. It’s only a matter of time before Nashville step under them and solidify their ice defense.Personally, I like the move that Ryan brings in McDonagh (0G, 2A) this year. He plays a key role defensively in his zone working with Roman Joshi (0G, 1A). Expect the Preds to overwhelm the Kings tonight and take home the barn win.

Bet: Nashville Predators Moneyline (-160 via Caesars)

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