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Predators at Sharks Game 1 - 4/29/16 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Nashville Predators (45-30-14) at San Jose Sharks (50-30-7)

NHL Hockey: Friday, April 29, 2016 at 10:30 pm (SAP Center)

The Line: San Jose Sharks / Nashville Predators --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: NBCSN

The Nashville Predators and San Jose Sharks meet Friday night for game one at the SAP Center.

The Nashville Predators are coming off an impressive seven-game series over the Anaheim Ducks. The Nashville Predators are averaging 2.7 goals per game and are scoring on 19.7 percent of their power plays. Shea Weber leads Nashville with two goals, Colin Wilson has three assists and James Neal has 22 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 17 goals on 199 shots faced. Rinne has given up six goals in his last three games.

Predators at Sharks Game 1 - 4/29/16 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The San Jose Sharks are coming off a quick five-game series over the Los Angeles Kings. The San Jose Sharks are averaging 2.9 goals per game and are scoring on 22.5 percent of their power plays. Joe Pavelski leads San Jose with five goals, Brent Burns has six assists and Logan Couture has eight shots on goal. Defensively, the San Jose Sharks are allowing 2.5 goals per game and are killing 80.5 percent of their power play chances. Martin Jones has allowed 11 goals on 125 shots faced. Jones has given up seven goals in his last three games.

The Predators are 1-5 in their last 6 Conference Semifinals games and 5-1 in their last 6 road games vs. a team with a losing home record. The Sharks are 1-4 in their last 5 games playing on 3 or more days rest and 5-1 in their last 6 vs. Western Conference. The Predators are 7-19 in the last 26 meetings in San Jose.

There may not have been a more impressive team in the first round of the playoffs than the San Jose Sharks, as they just outclassed a potential finals team in the Kings. The Predators held their own against another great team in the West. This should be a great series, but you have to give the edge to the Sharks given the rest factor and the fact they're at home.

Look for the Sharks to draw first blood.

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