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Game 1 Free Playoff Predictions: Nashville Predators vs Vancouver Canucks

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2011 Stanley Cup Playoffs Round Two – Game 1
Nashville Predators (44-27-11) at Vancouver Canucks (54-19-9)
Date/Time: Thursday, April 28, 2011, 9:00 PM ET
Venue: Rogers Arena, Vancouver, British Columbia
Broadcast: VERSUS (HD), CBC (HD)
Predators vs. Canucks Betting Lines from Bodog.com
Spread: OFF
Moneyline: Canucks -210
Over/Under: 5

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Game 1 screams “letdown game” for the Vancouver Canucks. After an emotion win against their most hated rivals who could blame them? Vancouver fans hope that the professionalism that this team has shown throughout the season allows them to be prepared for what is a notoriously tough Nashville team.

Nashville brings a balanced offensive attack to Vancouver in Game 1 and got some good news along the way – Martin Erat will suit up on Tuesday. I’d love to write about a dynamic offense and the cast of characters in it but it’s easier to say that everyone on Nashville will show up, play a sound game and capitalize on any mistake the Vancouver makes!

The problem with Nashville going into Game 1 is the play of Pekka Rinne. He appeared to have lost his confidence against Anaheim – his goals against inn that series was 3.67! Ouch! He has hardly been inspiring for Nashville fans, that’s for sure.

The Vancouver Canucks are on a role – a slump in Games 4, 5 and 6 of the Chicago series appear to be a thing of the past. They are back to their physical, fast brand of hockey – not a good sign for the Nashville Predators. Vancouver has looked terrific offensively in the last two games and we all saw what Roberto Luongo did in Game 7.

Vancouver didn’t generate much offense against Nashville this season at all – Pekka Rinne held them to 1.26 goals per game and shut the Canucks out twice. But with the way that Vancouver looks offensively and the way that Pekka Rinne has looked – advantage Vancouver!

Roberto Luongo must be happy to be past the Hawks and onto an offense that isn’t half as dangerous as Chicago. Lou gave up under two goals per game against Nashville this season and had a .929 save percentage.

NHL Betting Trends:
Under is 7-1-1 in NAS last 9 vs. Northwest.
Under is 10-3-4 in NAS last 17 road games.
Under is 6-2 in NAS last 8 Thu. games.
Under is 7-1-1 in VAN last 9 Thu. games.
Under is 6-1-1 in VAN last 8 home games.
Under is 12-3-2 in VAN last 17 overall.
Under is 8-2 in the last 10 meetings in Vancouver.

Betting Prediction: Vancouver could suffer a little bit of a letdown on Thursday but I think the opposite will happen. The Canucks learned a lot from the Chicago series – don’t take anything for granted! Vancouver is by far the superior team in Game 1 and should roll.

The Under might be a play here too. The Under is 10-3-1 in Nashville’s last 14 road games, is 6-1-1 in Vancouver’s last eight home games and is 8-2 in the last 10 meetings between the two clubs.

Pick: Vancouver Canucks and the Under

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