Free NHL Hockey Prediction: Predators vs Ducks Odds
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(1-2-0) Anaheim Ducks vs. Nashville Predators (2-1-0)
Date: Thursday, April 21st
Time: 8:00 PM
Venue: Bridgestone Arena, Nashville, Tennessee
NHL Hockey Moneyline Odds: Predators -105, Ducks -105
NHL Hockey Puck Line Odds: OFF
NHL Betting Total: 5
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Game 3 gave us the complete opposite of what we saw in California with these two teams as Anaheim kept their hopes alive with a crucial win.
Nashville needs to compose and regain the huge advantage they had after taking both games from the ducks on their home turf.
Was I seriously the only one with enough sense for calling coach Bruce crazy for starting Gibson in game one with a healthy Anderson on the bench.
Was I the only one who nearly ripped out my hair when he AGAIN put Gibson between the pipes in game 2??
Anderson has now not allowed a goal in over 7 periods dating back to his injury game and then his return against Washington in the season finale.
He played perfect, although not heavily challenged, in game 3 and has put life back into a dead Ducks team.
Getzlaf was at his prime and Anaheim got great contributions from all its lines.
Nashville will only be able to hold off Kesler and Perry for so long, and in doing so has set up great matchups for players like Stewart, McGinn and Horcoff to excel.
The Ducks have momentum back in their corner and need to run with it and hopefully Anderson gets the start.
Where did the Predators from the first 2 games go? Game 3 was to be their death lock game on home ice and instead was a huge failure from one end to another.
Rinne wasn’t razor-sharp, but his team did little in front of him to help consistently giving away pucks and idling in their zone. The scoring chances and imaginative play making we have seen was lost in baggage on the flight from orange county.
The Preds need to protect the puck much better than they did because honestly they don’t have the offensive game to keep up or catch up if Anaheim starts to fly. They were pushed of the puck, stripped of the puck and in one instance tripped over the puck.
They play was lazy for what has become one of the best defensively teams over nearly a decade. Nashville needs a win here or risk going back to the Honda Center back at point A.
NHL Hockey Handicapping Trends
- ANA are 35-17 in their last 52 overall.
- NAS are 6-2 in their last 8 vs. Pacific.
- Over is 7-3-2 in NAS last 12 home games.
- Over is 17-5-6 in the last 28 meetings.
Free Anaheim Ducks vs. Nashville Predators NHL Hockey Prediction
I have a feeling the rest of this series might be a real snooze as both teams will now double down of defensive responsibilities a day the goalies will really step up.
Under’s the rest of the way is expected and I bet Vegas starts bringing out the 4.5 lines if we have another low scoring affair Thursday.
All that being said, Anaheim is pretty motivated right now and what we saw in game 3 is what I honestly thought we would see right from game 1. I can’t see Nashville continually putting up 3+ goals a game and that’s what they need to win this series.
3* Free NHL Betting Pick: Anaheim ML
This series was all about the totals because I feel that was where the money was to be made, but with the ducks poor play to start, Vegas is giving us decent odds on the ML plays.
I like the under still, but at – 135 to open, I like the ducks to even the series at +101 much better.
If you don’t mind the risk Take it up a notch and take the ducks in regulation for +142.
NHL Free Score Prediction: Anaheim 3-1
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