There’s an old joke that makes the rounds in Nashville – steal a man’s wallet and he’ll be broke for a day. Teach a man to play the guitar and he’ll be broke forever. What’s no joke in Nashville is the city’s NHL team. They gave Nashville an expansion franchise in 1998 and this town where country music thrives took a hankering to the Nashville Predators almost from the get-go.
Today, the Predators are one of the hottest tickets in town, and the legends of country music who reside in Nashville have embraced the team like it was a long-lost child. Nashville fans are a raucous bunch, supporting their team and its brand of smash-mouth hockey – they call Predators hockey Smashville – with intense fervor, going as far as to fling catfish on the ice whenever the Preds tally a goal.
A team that built its foundation around goaltending and defense, the Predators have a Vezina Trophy winner between the pipes in Pekka Rinne and in Roman Josi, P.K. Subban, Ryan Ellis, and Mattias Ekholm, a highly-skilled top-four defense that is the envy of most every NHL team. But the Predators of today are much more than that. They have forwards who can light the lamp like Ryan Johansen, Filip Forsberg, and Viktor Arvidsson.
The Pred can beat you 2-1, or they can beat you 7-1. They can out-finesse an opponent, or grind them down physically. Nashville went to the Stanley Cup final in 2016-17 and the Preds are one of the NHL’s elite teams.
It’s never a bad play to play the Preds in an NHL wager, although because of their tendency to be unpredictable in terms of goal production, you’ll probably want to stick to straight moneyline or puck line wagers and completely avoid playing the over/under.
The sportsbook at FanDuel offers these traditional wagers and so much more. One of their unique features is their player performance double. Say the Predators are in action. You could play them to win in combination with a wager that Forsberg will secure either a goal, assist or point in determining the outcome.