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Predators have been an under bettor's dream so far

If you love scoring, you detest the Nashville Predators. Then again, if you like money, you've been loving the under in Nashville games.

The Predators rank worst in the NHL in goals per game (1.77) and also second best in goals against per game (1.77). It adds up to the perfect cocktail for under bettors who have cashed winning tickets in 11 of Nashville's 13 games so far this season.

The latest under came when the Predators beat San Jose 1-0 in overtime Tuesday night. That made four straight unders for the Preds and those games averaged just 2.25 goals per game.

The only two times Nashville saw the over this season were in games against the St. Louis Blues - a 6-1 win on Feb. 5 and a 4-3 shootout loss on Jan. 21.

Oddsmakers have caught on to the trend as usual and the last time Nashville caught a total higher than five goals was Jan. 28. That was against Phoenix, whom the Predators happen to play Thursday night. The total is set at five goals and the under was juiced up to -140 as of mid-morning on game day.

Phoenix won the meeting in January 4-0 and the last four meetings between the Coyotes and Predators have all played under.

Other notable under stats for Nashville:

-- They rank worst in the league in shots per game by more than five shots (21.4)
-- Minnesota is the only other team averaging fewer than two goals per game
-- The Preds' power play scores at a rate of just 14.6 percent (24th)
-- Their games are averaging a combined 3.54 goals per game
-- Pekka Rinne, who has played in goal for 11 of Nashville's 13 games, ranks sixth goals against average (1.75) and save percentage (.934)

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