Defense never rests in Nashville
Look for the Predators to extend their home winning streak
Goals are hard to come by in the Stanley Cup playoffs, so the more sources of scoring a team has, the better its chances of success. No NHL team has gotten more production from its defense than the Nashville Predators, and as long as that trend continues, the Anaheim Ducks will face a tough task in overtaking the Preds in the Western Conference final. We break down Game 4 of this series, utilizing odds posted by TopBet.eu:
A team that originally built its reputation as a stifling defensive club, a big reason why the Nashville Predators are in the Western Conference final for the first time in their 18-year history and why they are legitimate threats to win the Stanley Cup has to do with the offensive porduction being created from the team’s rearguard.
In their Game 3 victory, Ryan Ellis drew an assist on Nashville’s first goal and Roman Josi netted the game winner.
That gave both Josi (5-5-10) and Ellis (4-6-10) their 10th point of the playoffs, establishing a record for points by a Predators defenseman in a single postseason.
They share second in the NHL in playoff scoring among defensemen, with P.K. Subban (1-7-8) tied for fourth and Mattias Ekholm (0-7-7) tied for seventh. The Predators lead the League with 36 points from defensemen in the playoffs and have had an NHL-high 36.7 percent of their points come from the blue line.
The Predators haven’t forgot what first made them famous. Game 3 marked the fourth successive home game that Nashville has allowed just one goal, and it was the seventh time in 13 playoff games that Preds goalie Pekka Rinne had kept the opposition to one goal or less. He’s 7-0 in those games with a .974 save percentage, two shutouts and a 0.71 goals-against average.
Narrow Your Focus
Players talk about taking things one shift at a time in the playoffs. You don’t have to think that small, but thanks to TopBet’s NHL first period wager, you can have even more betting fun before the game starts.
After you’ve chosen which team to back in the moneyline and puckline, and whether to play the over or the under, why not also play an over/under wager on the score after one period of play?
Based on a total of 1.5 goals, if you go with the Ducks, you’ll get +125 on the over and +130 on the under. Play the Predators and you will receive odds of -145 for the over and -150 for the under.
Before wagering, you might want to keep in mind that there was one goal scored in each period of Game 3 between these two teams.
Pick: The Predators (-160) and the under (5)
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