San Jose Sharks VS Nashville Predators Betting Preview
The zambonis have cleared the ice, the sticks are taped, and the players are ready for puck drop as the 2022-23 NHL season is finally here. To open the season the NHL is hosting a special Global Series between the San Jose Sharks and Nashville Predators, the first of the two contests taking place in Prague, Czech Republic.
This matchup will be part of a two-game series with the back half of this taking place Saturday, October 8th. NHL action will resume and the first puck drop of the season on North American soil will be taking place on October 11th in an Eastern Conference Finals rematch between the Tampa Bay Lightning and the New York Rangers.
If you love hockey and want to take the excitement of the NHL season opener to a new level, place a wager on this matchup. With the lamp lighting red on the ice, don’t let the players be the only ones scoring, net your first big win by betting on the Sharks VS Predators at any of our top NHL Sportsbooks.
Coming at you live from the O2 Arena in Prague, the 2022-23 NHL season opener is ready to go down as the San Jose Sharks take on the Nashville Predators. Both of these teams are coming off of disappointing finishes to their seasons last year with the Sharks missing the Playoffs and the Preds being swept in the opening round by the eventual Stanley Cup Champion Colorado Avalanche.
In this matchup, it will be a classic battle between an offensive-centric team and a strong defence-oriented team as we test the age-old question of which is more important. The Sharks possess strong offensive firepower from top to bottom, but the Predators have proven time and time again that they are one of the toughest teams to score against in the NHL.
Our Pick: Nashville Predators Moneyline, Under 5.5 Total Goals
In what should be a back-and-forth game, we are rolling with the Predators to get the job done in this season opener in a low-scoring affair.
Even though their bread and butter stems from their defence, the Preds have multiple weapons offensively such as Matt Duchene, Filip Forsberg and Roman Josi. The Sharks defence will struggle to contain the explosive play from the Predators top players, while on the other end their stars may struggle to find open scoring angles.
A major X-factor in this game will come from between the Nashville pipes, in netminder Juuse Saros. One of the top goalies in the NHL, Saros is difficult to beat from all areas, able to use his incredible agility and reflexes to stop even the most dangerous of scoring opportunities.
On top of this, having their first game of the season taking place on the other side of the globe, the players taking part in this game may take awhile to shake off the rink rust and get back to their elite level of play. Look for an elongated feeling-out process on both sides in this contest that could result in a slow pace and less-than-average shots on goal.
Coupling Saros’ goalkeeping ability with the season opener taking place under unusual circumstances, the Under is a fantastic bet for any NHL handicapper.
Best Sharks VS Predators Player Props
Player props are a fun way to bet on NHL games. Just like game props, player props are bets that focus on player-specific events such as goals scored, total points, or saves made. These bets will often keep a player invested longer over the course of a game and can hold fantastic value so you get the best bang for your buck.
To get started, simply pull up your sportsbooks betting market for the Sharks VS Predators, check out their player props and place your bet on the player-specific event you think will occur.
Timo Meier Anytime Goal Scorer (+180)
Coming off a season where he nearly average a point-per-game pace, Timo Meier will be set to maintain his impressive scoring numbers this season. In the 2021-22 NHL season Meier registered 35 goals, good enough to place him in the top 25 in goal scored on the season.
With his nose for the puck and impressive shooting ability, if anyone is going to beat Saros in this matchup it’ll be Meier. At (+180) Meier provides NHL bettors with fantastic value that could land you your first winning wager of the NHL season.
Filip Forsberg Over 0.5 Points (-170)
Last season Filip Forsberg had a career-year posting personal bests in both goals and assists, landing him 24th in total points score in the NHL on the season in only 69 games played.
Forsberg demonstrated he has what it takes to be an elite offensive contributor for his team, something the Predators desperately needed. With his surge in scoring, at (-170) Forsberg is a fantastic wager for any NHL bettor as he faces off with a subpar Sharks defence.
Back Forsberg to score over 0.5 points against the Sharks as he looks to build upon his stellar campaign from a season ago.
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