NHL Playoff Preview: Nashville at San Jose, Game 5
On Saturday night, the Nashville Predators host the San Jose Sharks in Game 5 of their Western Conference semifinal. The Predators tied the Sharks up at two games apiece, winning in the third overtime period of Game 4 as Mike Fisher knocked home a rebound to win the game, 4-3. At 111:12 in length, this was the longest game in the history of the Predators’ franchise. Given that this game was Thursday night, the two teams don’t have much time to recuperate before they meet out on the West Coast for Game 5. Find the latest NHL betting lines here.
NHL Playoff Preview: Nashville Predators at San Jose Sharks, Game 5
When: Saturday, May 7, 2016, 10:00pm Eastern time
Where: SAP Center, San Jose, CA
Radio: KFOX 98.5 FM San Jose
Live Stream: NHL-Stream.com
NHL Odds: TBA
Why should you bet on Nashville?
For a wild card team, these Predators have shown a ton of grit and hustle. They out-gritted a super-gritty Anaheim team in seven games and seem ready to do the same thing to the Sharks. The Sharks have now lost consecutive road games for just the first time since December 18 and 20, and now they have to come home and get rid of the negative vibes that come from losing a game that lasted almost as long as two games. The Predators have been tough on the road these playoffs, and they could just bring a Game 5 win back to Tennessee with a chance to seal the series at home.
Why should you put your money on the Sharks?
Having the last line change at home will help the Sharks keep the Thornton line away from Roman Josi and Shea Weber, the best defensive pair that the Predators have. The Sharks also saw their power play return to form a bit after an 0 for 4 performance in Game 3, as their goal to take the lead in this game came with the man advantage. Also, it looked like the Sharks had the winning goal in overtime when Joe Pavelski knocked the puck in, but it took a lengthy review to determine that he had interfered with goaltender Pekka Rinne. A similar break with a different result in Game 5 could make all the difference.
Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction
I like the Sharks to rely on their skating speed and a night in their own bed to turn the tide back in their favor. I’m predicting a 3-2 San Jose win.