NHL playoffs betting (May 19): Predators out to make it 11 playoff wins in a row

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Updated: May 18, 2017

Fatigue could start to play a major role in Game 4 of this fascinating NHL Western Conference Final series – the Anaheim Ducks are facing a fourth playoff game in seven days, and in an arena where the Nashville Predators haven’t lost a playoff game in their past 10. No zig-zagging tonight, the Preds get this done comfortably; playoff record: 12-6-19, -2.65 units; overall record: 248-27-203, +54.53 units

Western Conference Finals, game 4: Anaheim Ducks (9-5) @ Nashville Predators (10-3); Nashville lead 2-1
Where: Bridgestone Arena, Nashville, TN
When: Friday, May 19, 10am (AET)
Prices: Anaheim $2.30, Nashville $1.67

Confirmed bet: Nashville WIN NT (one unit @ $1.95)

TIW says: The Nashville Predators will aim to build on a 10-game home winning streak in the Stanley Cup Playoffs when they play the Anaheim Ducks in Game 4 of the Western Conference Final at Bridgestone Arena tonight. The Predators became the first team since the Detroit Red Wings in 1997-1998 to win 10 consecutive home playoff games with a 2-1 win over the Ducks in Game 3. They are 6-0 in Nashville this postseason while Anaheim are a respectable 4-2 on the road and will hope to regain home-ice advantage with a win. Predators defenseman Ryan Ellis lauded the team’s fans after no. 8 seed Nashville took a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven series with a 2-1 victory on Tuesday

They scored twice in the third period and overcoming a pair of apparent tiebreaking goals that were waved off. They were taking two shots for every one attempted by Anaheim, but between the great play of goalie John Gibson and their inability to bury chances, the Predators entered the third period 20 minutes from trailing 2-1 in the Western Conference Final. Nashville continues to receive stellar production from their blue-line corps, with Roman Josi (pictured below) delivering the decisive goal and Ellis adding an assist to boost their playoff totals to 10 points each – a franchise record for defensemen.

 

Overall, the unit combined for more shots on goal (21) in Game 3 than the Ducks (20) did as a team, led by nine from Ellis (who failed to notch a shot in Game 2). Forward Filip Forsberg has scored in each game of the series, with Tuesday’s tying tally in the third period boosting his playoff total to a team-leading six goals. Pekka Rinne got back on track after his first shaky performance of the playoffs in Game 2, stopping 19 of 20 shots in Game 3. He’s conceded just seven goals on 174 shots in six home games during the postseason.

Anaheim had evened the series with an impressive 5-3 victory in Game 2 but they were outshot by a 2-to-1 margin (40-20) and were unable to protect a third-period lead for the first time in six games this postseason. Gibson, who was mostly mediocre in Anaheim’s seven-game series win over Edmonton in the conference semifinals, has been mostly outstanding in this series. He kept the Ducks in contention during a series-opening 3-2 overtime defeat with 43 saves, stopped 30 shots Sunday night in Game 2 victory and was the best player on the ice for a considerable stretch in Game 3, making 38 saves.

 

Most recent result: 0-1-0, no change

Nashville Predators @ Anaheim Ducks +5 (two units @ $1.85) PUSH (3-2)

 

 

• Selections are listed in three categories – 1) Suggested (likely bet but yet to be finalised); 2) Confirmed (locked in at the price listed); and 3) Leans (tips, but not recommended bets); all times quoted are Australian Eastern Time (AET); prices with thanks to Pinnacle (except where markets are not available), correct at time of publication. Bets void if listed goaltenders are changed. Results/comments on today’s games/races will follow in the next post.

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