Predators vs Kraken Betting Odds: Are Kraken Being Underestimated?

Ascendant Kraken Remain Underdogs on the Betting Odds

Don’t look now. But the Seattle Kraken are on a winning streak. The once-hapless franchise is in its best stretch this season having won four straight games – all as underdogs. Bettors are making serious money out of these squids, though the online sportsbook still does not trust them. The Predators vs Kraken betting odds peg Seattle as another underdog at even money at home against the comeback kings of Nashville.

Predators vs Kraken

Game: Nashville Predators (5-6-1) vs Seattle Kraken (7-4-2)
Date, time (TV):
Location: Climate Pledge Arena, Seattle

Saros Stays Strong for Nashville

It appeared like Nashville was on its way to losing another game against Vancouver. But led by goaltender Juuse Saros, who stopped every shot he faced from the second period onwards, Nashville came back and edged Vancouver in a shootout. Saros stopped 42 of 45 shots as it was a return to form for the Vezina Trophy finalist who has struggled this season.

Nashville was heavily dependent on the 27-year-old last season. Saros led the league in games played (67), minutes played (3,932), and goalie point shares (14.0).

The Predators are a subpar NHL team this season ranking 27th in offense (2.75 goals per game) and 19th on defense (3.25 goals allowed). Scoring has been tough partly because of the power play (or lack thereof).

The team is only firing at 14.9 percent success (28th) with the man advantage. This is a far cry from last season when Nashville ranked sixth in the NHL with 24.4 percent.

Filip Forsberg and Matt Duchene are still producing at a high level but Roman Josi has regressed tremendously with just seven points and a -9 rating, the worst on the team.

Josi had an all-time great season in 2021-22 when he finished with 96 points to lead the team. Like Saros, the Predators need him to be at his best if they are to improve their NHL standings 2022-23 season. The Predators are 3-1-0 when he records a point and 2-5-1 when doesn’t.

Kraken are Jonesing for Another Upset

The Predators vs Kraken betting odds have Seattle as another underdog despite their recent string of success. Seattle has won five of their last six games and has outscored opponents 24-13 despite being dead-even in shots taken and shots allowed (167). Finally, the Kraken are on the right end of some strong goaltending thanks mainly to Martin Jones.

The 33-year-old joined Seattle as a replacement for the injured Chris Driedger. And now with Philipp Grubauer also hurt, Jones has taken the reins of the team and looks to be in his best form since the 2017-18 season.

Jones has been on fire and has stopped 89 of the 92 shots he’s faced in Seattle’s winning streak. In fact, Jones has a whopping save percentage (SV%) of .963 with 0.97 goals against average (GAA) in Seattle’s six wins with him.

It’s also worth noting that Jones plays a lot better on the road with a 4-1-0 record and a .930 percent SV% and 1.93 GAA compared to a record of 2-2-1, .874, and 3.21 on home ice, where the game will be against Nashville. That’s likely a reason why the Predators vs Kraken betting odds are against Seattle here.

As vital as Jones is to Seattle’s success, he’s only playing on one end of the ice. It’ll be up to his NHL teammates to score for Seattle, something they’ve been great at this season. The Kraken are currently ninth (3.46) in goals scored per game and seventh on the power play (26.1 percent).

The likes of Jaden Schwartz and rookie sensation Matthew Beniers are lighting lamps and will be key to Seattle’s continued ascent up the NHL power rankings.

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