St. Louis Blues vs. Nashville Predators Betting Prediction
By Angelo Montilla
Odds courtesy of Bovada.
Now that we’re somewhat over the shock of the Nashville Predators’ sweep against the Chicago Blackhawks in the opening round, the focus can be turned to the club’s next opponent — the St. Louis Blues.
The series, which kicks off on Wednesday night at Scottstrade Center in St. Louis, is expected to be a grueling matchup between two of the Western Conference’s best defensive clubs.
Various sportsbooks had this series as a pick ‘em contest, however the money has been pouring in on the Predators, who are now the -120 favorites to advance. The Blues, who have home-ice advantage, are even underdogs.
The Predators were rock solid in their opening-round sweep of the Hawks, holding the Stanley Cup favorites to just three goals throughout the series. What’s impressive is Nashville’s offense netted 13 goals against the Blackhawks in what turned into a one-sided affair.
Don’t expect the same against the defensive-minded Blues, who have only allowed eight goals heading into their second-round series. While the Preds were able to keep Chicago’s stars off the score sheet, they’ll have a tougher time against Blues sniper Vladimir Tarasenko, who has just one goal in the playoffs but can break out at any moment.
Bovada has a series of compelling player prop bets in this series, including an over/under -115 line Tarasenko will record five points in the series.
Filip Forsberg is the player to watch for the Predators. The Swede has five points through four games in the post-season and don’t expect him to slow down in Round 2. Take the over on Bovada’s -115 line on Forsberg finishing this series with four points, as it is a value pick.
The Predators hold the advantage in head-to-head play over the last three games, defeating the Blues twice during that stretch.
How many games will it take to end this series? All signs point to this best-of-seven clash going the distance. Bovada is offering a +200 line the series will go seven games and +170 it will need six matches to determine a winner.
Bovada is also offering intriguing odds on where the series will be decided. A seven-game series would mean the last match would be played in St. Louis and would pay -115. There’s a +115 line set if the Western Conference semifinal is decided in Nashville, which would have to be in Game 4 or Game 6.
The Blues will take this one in six or seven games. The latter pays +450 odds and would send the Blues to the conference final for the second straight season.
Pick: St. Louis Blues (Even)
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