Practically walking through the first two rounds of Lord Stanley’s playoffs, the Nashville Predators are just four wins away from making it to their first-ever Stanley Cup final. They’ll hit the road for the first two games of the West final to take on a Ducks team that’s coming off a momentous Game 7 win in Anaheim.
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- The Ducks are 10-2 SU in their last 12 games at home.
- Pekka Rinne has not allowed a low-danger goal the entire postseason (129 saves).
- The total has gone UNDER in the Predators’ last 4 games with a closing total of 5.0 or less.
Both the coaches in this series, Randy Carlyle and Peter Laviolette, already have a Stanley Cup win each but if we’re talking pedigree, it’s the Ducks’ players who have the serious edge. This is the Preds’ first franchise appearance in the Western Conference final and they don’t have a single player on their roster with a Cup win.
The Quackers, however, have two superstars named Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry who were both on the Ducks’ 2007 Cup-winning squad. They lead a deep group of forwards that will have to be really good this series as their depth up front may be the only advantage the Ducks have right now – positionally speaking.
Anaheim opened as a very slight favorite in Game 1 and I can’t see this line moving very much. Books will want to take the temperature tonight before they start assigning crazy value to either side. The margins in this best-of-seven are incredibly tight and if you look back to last postseason, you’ll see that these guys battled to a seventh and deciding game in the first round with the Ducks drawing the short end of the stick.
As far as the total is concerned, I don’t see a ton of goals being scored tonight. Pekka Rinne has been nearly unbeatable so far, going 8-2 with a .951 save percentage and if his blue-liners continue to be as good as they have been, it’s unlikely he regresses.
Opening Odds & Computer Pick
Betting fans looking to back the visiting Nashville Predators before puck drop in this match found them as -102 moneyline underdogs at 5Dimes. They saw an opening total of 5.5, according to BetOnline.
Odds – Shark score prediction models pick a 3.1-2.3 result in favor of the Predators today. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NHL matchups here.
Nashville Predators vs Anaheim Ducks Matchup
Team Betting Records & Power Rankings
The Ducks sit at 54-26-13 on the season; in comparison, the Nashville Predators are currently 49-31-12. Looking to wager on the totals? Anaheim is 34-39-20 OU, and Nashville is 42-40-10 OU. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Anaheim vs Nashville injuries news.
It’s an NHL hockey betting matchup between the No. 9-rated Anaheim Ducks and the No. 22-ranked Nashville Predators, according to the latest NHL power poll here at Odds – Shark.
Offensively, the game matches up the Anaheim Ducks No. 14-ranked offense (2.77 goals per game) against a Nashville Predators defense that ranks No. 9 at 2.59 goals per game allowed. The Ducks powerplay has clicked at a 17.87% rate while the Predators have a 81.82% rate on the penalty kill.
Recent Outings Betting Recap
In their last action, Nashville was a 3-1 winner at home against the Blues. Bettors on Nashville at -167 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (4) sent UNDER bettors home happy as well.
In their last action, Anaheim was a 2-1 winner at home against the Oilers. Bettors on Anaheim at -115 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (3) sent UNDER bettors home happy as well.
- Nashville is 6-1 ATS in its last 7 games
- Nashville is 8-2 SU in its last 10 games
- The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Nashville’s last 5 games
- Nashville is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
- Anaheim is 2-5 ATS in its last 7 games
- Anaheim is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
- The total has gone OVER in 4 of Anaheim’s last 5 games
- Anaheim is 0-5 ATS in its last 5 games at home
Next Betting Matchups
Nashville at Anaheim, Sunday, May 14th