Predators at Ducks - 4/15/16 Game One Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Nashville Predators (41-27-14) at Anaheim Ducks (46-25-11)
NHL Hockey: Friday, April 15, 2016 at 10:30 pm (Honda Center)
The Line: Anaheim Ducks -180 / Nashville Predators +150 --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Nashville Predators and Anaheim Ducks meet late Friday night in game one of the playoffs.
The Nashville Predators enter the playoffs losing five of their last seven games. The Nashville Predators are averaging 2.7 goals per game and are scoring on 19.7 percent of their power plays. Filip Forsberg leads Nashville with 33 goals, James Neal has 27 assists and Craig Smith has 199 shots on goal. Defensively, the Nashville Predators are allowing 2.6 goals per game and are killing 81.2 percent of their power play chances. Pekka Rinne has allowed 161 goals on 1,744 shots faced and Carter Hutton has given up 38 goals on 464 shots. Rinne has allowed nine goals in his last three games.
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The Anaheim Ducks enter the playoffs winning six of their last nine games. The Anaheim Ducks are averaging 2.6 goals per game and are scoring on 23 percent of their power plays. Corey Perry leads Anaheim with 34 goals, Ryan Kesler has 32 assists and Rickard Rakell has 169 shots on goal. Defensively, the Anaheim Ducks are allowing 2.3 goals per game and are killing 87.2 percent of their power play chances. Frederik Andersen has allowed 88 goals on 1,086 shots faced and John Gibson has given up 79 goals on 992 shots. Andersen has allowed six goals in his last three games.
The Predators beat the Ducks in two of the three meetings this season and is a team that will be eager for a better playoff showing with the way last season ended. The Ducks have been crazy consistent much of the year and are going to be tough to beat in the Honda Center. However, there's value with Nashville to steal game one.
I'm taking a shot in the dark with the Predators and the plus money.