Free Game 1 Prediction: Predators vs Ducks Odds
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Free NHL Hockey Prediction: Predators vs Ducks Odds
(0-0-0) Nashville Predators vs. Anaheim Ducks (0-0-0)
Date: Friday, April 15th
Time: 10:30 PM
Venue: Honda Center, Anaheim, California
NHL Hockey Moneyline Odds: Ducks -165
NHL Hockey Puck Line Odds: OFF
NHL Betting Total: 5
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The opener of what should be one of the better first round matchups kicks off Friday at the pond in Anaheim. Both teams head into the post season on very average notes, with neither having the offence they would like.
This is guaranteed to be a low scoring, we’ll played series that may have to go all the way to game 7.
The Preds are like a broken record, the defence is always some of the best, but they can’t ever seem to get any sort of offence going.
This season was no different, although they averaged nearly 0.40 more GPG this season, they still ranked in the bottom half of the league.
Nashville will have to overcome their sub par visitor record and will have to make a strong stand at home to keep this matchup at bay.
Although this series may be tight, make no mistake it is Anaheim’s to lose. The Ducks were beasts at home this season and allowed the fewest GPG of all NHL teams.
Their defence was second to none, and although their offence was bleak to start the year, it picked up to over 3 GPG since January. Experience plays a huge part this time of year, and Anaheim has the post season advantage here.
NHL Hockey Handicapping Trends
- Over is 12-4-4 in NAS last 20 overall.
- Under is 8-3-3 in NAS last 14 vs. Pacific.
- ANA are 12-4 in their last 16 home games.
- ANA are 8-3 in their last 11 vs. Central.
- ANA are 35-17 in their last 52 overall.
- Over is 17-5-4 in the last 26 meetings.
- NAS are 3-9 in the last 12 meetings.
Free Nashville Predators vs. Anaheim Ducks NHL Hockey Prediction
This series will be won and lost in ‘the trenches’. Tough play in the corners and which team will be more disciplined at staying out of the penalty box. Both Nashville and Anaheim sport some of the best PKs in the west.
Also it can’t be stressed enough how important home ice advantage is in this series and nearly every game will be won or lost by a single mistake leading to a goal.
The home team has won 7 of the last 8 meetings and although these two trended towards the over during the regular season, I see both buckling down and playing a defensively game first and foremost.
4* Free NHL Betting Pick: Total Under 5
I really like the Ducks in the opener, but so do the odds makers with Anaheim coming in at VERY heavy favourites.
I believe in value, and I see none in a -210 side play. Instead well go for the under 5 in this one and see what sort of tone is set for the rest of the series.
NHL Free Score Prediction: Ducks 2-1
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