Nashville Predators Battle Anaheim Ducks
Following a 3-1 win over the St. Louis Blues on May 7, the Nashville Predators officially entered uncharted territory: the NHL Conference Finals. It seems as though the gutsy moves that General Manager David Poile made over the past two seasons, namely trading away prized young defenseman Seth Jones to the Columbus Blue Jackets for Center Ryan Johansen and trading team captain Shea Weber to the Montreal Canadiens for offensively-gifted PK Subban, are bearing fruit. Despite qualifying for the 2016-17 Playoffs as the final wildcard team in the West, the Preds lost just one game through the first two series.
Oddsmakers for the opening game have the Ducks as -114 moneyline favorites. The total is at 5.
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To understand Nashville’s playoff success, look no further than their blueline. Through the first nine games of the playoffs, their defensive corps has amassed a staggering nine goals and 16 assists. Defenseman Ryan Ellis leads the team with nine points (4 goals, 5 assists), while both Roman Josi and PK Subban have contributed eight points apiece. While their offensive numbers are off the charts, their defensive stats are equally impressive. They’ve given up three goals in a game only once this post season and have held their opponents to one goal or less in six of nine playoff games. Nashville will have a hard time maintaining this pace going forward. Don’t be surprised if you see the yellow and blue come June.
NHL Playoffs Betting Trends
|Nashville is 6-1 ATS in its last 7 games|
|Nashville is 8-2 SU in its last 10 games|
|The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Nashville’s last 5 games|
|Nashville is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games on the road|
|Nashville is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games when playing Anaheim|
|Nashville is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games when playing on the road against Anaheim|
|Nashville is 3-6 SU in its last 9 games when playing on the road against Anaheim|
|The total has gone OVER in 8 of Nashville’s last 11 games when playing on the road against Anaheim|
|Anaheim is 2-5 ATS in its last 7 games|
|Anaheim is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games|
|The total has gone OVER in 4 of Anaheim’s last 5 games|
|Anaheim is 0-5 ATS in its last 5 games at home|
|Anaheim is 10-2 SU in its last 12 games at home|
|Anaheim is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games when playing Nashville|
|Anaheim is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games when playing at home against Nashville|
|Anaheim is 6-3 SU in its last 9 games when playing at home against Nashville|
|The total has gone OVER in 8 of Anaheim’s last 11 games when playing at home against Nashville|
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