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Can the Underdog Ducks get to Rinne for the Second Straight Game?

It may not be a ratings grabber for the TV networks, but the series between Nashville and Anaheim is turning into a good one. The Ducks rallied from an early 2-0 deficit to beat the Predators 5-3 in Game 2 and it’s a good thing they did. If they had been heading East in a two-to-nothing series hole, it’s likely this best-of-seven would be all but over.

SHARK BITES
  • The Predators are 5-0 SU and 3-2 on the puckline at the Bridgestone Arena this postseason.
  • The Ducks are 4-1 SU as road underdogs this postseason, scoring an average of 3.8 goals.
  • The total has gone OVER in 4 of the Ducks’ 5 road playoff games so far.

Anaheim has been the most unpredictable team in the bracket but one thing that they’ve done that you can set your watch to this postseason is score goals. They’ve averaged 3.23 goals scored per game (more than any other team) and they’ve needed nearly every one of them as they’ve earned six of their nine playoff wins by exactly one goal.

This is a club that just won’t go away and that cause has effected a 5-2 straight-up record when the Ducks get scored on first. The crowd in Nashville is going to be insane tonight and I expect that to translate to the Preds grabbing an early lead on shaky Anaheim goaltending that’s been the worst of any of the remaining teams.

The Ducks are likely going to have to score three or more in order to take a series lead tonight and with the total opening at 5, that means I think the game is probably going OVER. Pekka Rinne had his worst game of the playoffs in Game 2 and with the Finn knocked off his inhuman pedestal, he’s vulnerable.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Sportsbooks such as Bovada had the Nashville Predators as -150 moneyline favorites in this particular NHL betting matchup earlier. The over under total, meanwhile, was set early at 5 before betting started to move the line at Bet365.

Odds Shark prediction models pick the Predators to win this game 3.4-2.4. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NHL matchups here.

Anaheim Ducks vs Nashville Predators Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Nashville Predators sport a record of 50-32-12 heading into this matchup, while the Anaheim Ducks sit at 55-26-14 on the season. The OVER/UNDER records are 43-40-11 for the Predators and 35-39-21 for the Ducks. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Nashville vs Anaheim injuries news.

The NHL Power Rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Nashville Predators rated this week at No. 22 and the Anaheim Ducks sitting at No. 9.

Statistical Matchup

Offensively, the game matches up the Nashville Predators No. 10-ranked offense (2.91 goals per game) against a Anaheim Ducks defense that ranks No. 6 at 2.52 goals per game allowed. The Predators powerplay has clicked at a 18.43% rate while the Ducks have a 83.08% rate on the penalty kill.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

 

Betting Trends
  • Anaheim is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
  • Anaheim is 13-4 SU in its last 17 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 5 of Anaheim's last 7 games
  • Anaheim is 6-1 ATS in its last 7 games on the road
  • Nashville is 11-3 ATS in its last 14 games
  • Nashville is 9-3 SU in its last 12 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Nashville's last 6 games
  • Nashville is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Anaheim at Nashville, Thursday, May 18th

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