After dropping games three and four versus the Anaheim Ducks on home ice, the Nashville Predators are finally putting together strong performances at home. A win in Game 3 versus the San Jose Sharks injected a little hope into their series aspirations and a win in Game 4 at Bridgestone Arena Thursday would make them a real contender for another series upset.
- The Predators are 2-6 SU in their last 8 games after consecutive home wins.
- The Sharks are 3-1 SU in their last four games with one day off between games.
- The total has gone OVER in the Sharks’ last four games on Thursday.
Online shop Bovada is currently offering the Preds at -115 in moneyline markets while the Sharks currently come in at -105. As far as the total is concerned, both sides of the 5-goal number are -110.
The Preds have won their last two games on home ice and will hope to extend that to three Thursday. The Sharks, who were the NHL’s best road team during the regular season (28-10-3), have really struggled in their travels to Tennessee, however. Entering Thursday’s crucial Game 4, the Sharks have gone just 1-7 SU in their last eight trips to Nashville.
Entering the series with the Preds, the Sharks had been dominant on the road. They took all three road games against the Los Angeles Kings in the opening round and have actually gone 6-1 in their last seven road games overall.
Nashville really turned on the special teams in Game 3, going two for five on the power play and killing each of San Jose’s four chances with the man advantage. Prior to that, the Preds were just two for 32 on the PP and had given up a whopping six goals on 18 PKs.