Nashville at Anaheim NHL Playoffs Betting Odds Game 5

Posted by Peter Boysen on May 19, 2017 in

The Nashville Predators had a golden opportunity to take a stranglehold on their Western Conference final series against the Anaheim Ducks in Game 4. They held a 2-1 lead in the series, but then they came out flat — and the Ducks took the game to them physically. Anaheim entered the third period with a 2-0 lead, but the Predators finally awoke and roared back, tying the game at two goals apiece with 34.5 seconds left in regulation. However, the Ducks scored on a shot that deflected off Predators defenseman P.K. Subban to take the game in overtime. Now, the series heads back to Anaheim, with the Ducks hosting Game 5 (and potentially Game 7).

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Nashville at Anaheim NHL Playoffs Betting Odds Game 5

When: Saturday, May 20, 2017, 7:15pm ET
Where: Honda Center, Anaheim
Radio: Nashville / Anaheim
NHL Odds: Nashville Predators at -1½

Why should you bet on the Predators?

The Predators have made it to the Western Conference finals with a swarming, physical game and stingy netminding. The Ducks were the first team that had out-hit and out-worked the Predators in any game in this postseason in Game 4, but Nashville can reverse that trend with a better effort in Game 5. They have not lost consecutive games in this postseason this year, and I definitely don’t see them coming out flat in Anaheim — where they won Game 1. P.K. Subban and Filip Forsberg scored the Predator goals, and I see them being just as opportunistic in Game 5.

Why should you put your money on the Ducks?

Anaheim looked like a new team on Thursday night, as coach Randy Carlyle let them have Wednesday off, and they finished all of their checks, particularly in the first two periods. They looked like Nashville early on, taking advantage of a rare Predator mistake and capitalizing on a line change, leading to Rickard Rakell’s tally at 11:30 of the first period. The Ducks outshot the Predators 14-2 in that opening frame, and it took the Predators a while to recover. If they can come out with similar physicality, they have John Gibson (32 saves in Game 4) backing them up to limit Nashville’s chances.

Betting Pick and Final Score Prediction

I’m not going to take one bad bounce in overtime as a sign that the Predators are ready to melt down. I see them taking the game right to Anaheim in Game 5 and coming away with a 3-2 road win.