Nashville Predators are on fire. They are 7-1 to the season and are playing very good ice hockey in both defence and offense. They score 3.4 goals per game and allow 1.94 goals per game. One of the reasons why I think they will be among the top teams this season are their goalies. They have two very good goalies in Rinne and Saros. Both are playing and both are making good saves. If we check their starts, Rinne started 5 games and Saros started 4 games and it is projected to start this game too. So, they had both a chance to play, which I think is not that bad, because the season is long and if you have such good goalies you can afford this and you will need them both for good results. What I want to say here is that Rinne is injured now, but I am not concerned at all with Saros in the net.
Saros GAA%- number is even slightly better than Rinne’s number and both goalies have QS above 60% since last season.
On the other side we have San Jose, one of the top teams in last years and they are 4-3 to the season, but I don’t doubt, that they will be among the best this season too, especially now, when they bring Erik Karlsson from Ottawa.
They will probably start with Martin Jones, who is sitting on 3-3 record so far with SV% of 0.907.
Bookmakers have San Jose Sharks as a small underdog here at around +114, but I think they should be little bit bigger favourite. My betting model has them at much bigger number and if we take into account, that Joe Thornton is not playing and if we take into accoun, that home team is 48-19 in last 67 meetings and if we take into account bad Sharks record in Nashville (3-13 in last 16 games in Nashville), I think we have some solid odds on Nashville at around -126 (1.79).