Anaheim Ducks vs. Nashville Predators - 5/20/17 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Nashville Predators (51-32-12) at Anaheim Ducks (55-27-14)
NHL Hockey: Saturday, May 20, 2017 at 7:15 pm (Honda Center)
The Line: Anaheim Ducks / Nashville Predators --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Nashville Predators and Anaheim Ducks meet in game five of the NHL western conference finals Saturday at the Honda Center.
The Nashville Predators hope to retake control of this series with their fifth road playoff victory. The Predators are averaging 2.9 goals per game and are scoring on 18.9 percent of their power play opportunities. Filip Forsberg leads Nashville with seven goals, Ryan Johansen has 10 assists and Roman Josi has 47 shots on goal. Defensively, the Nashville Predators are allowing 2.7 goals per game and are killing 80.9 percent of their opponents power plays. Pekka Rinne has given up 24 goals on 400 shots faced. The Nashville Predators have lost three straight games when allowing more than two goals.
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The Anaheim Ducks look for another victory here to move one game away from their first NHL Final since 2006-07. The Ducks are averaging 2.7 goals per game and are scoring on 18.7 percent of their power play opportunities. Jakob Silfverberg leads Anaheim with nine goals, Ryan Getzlaf has 10 assists and Rickard Rakell has 48 shots on goal. Defensively, the Anaheim Ducks are allowing 2.4 goals per game and are killing 84.7 percent of their opponents power plays. John Gibson has given up 38 goals on 456 shots faced and Jonathan Bernier has allowed four goals on 45 shots. The Anaheim Ducks have allowed three or less goals in their last five games.
The Predators are 8-17 in their last 25 Saturday games, 17-6 in their last 23 vs. Western Conference and 6-2 in their last 8 vs. Pacific. The Ducks are 35-16 in their last 51 home games, 2-5 in their last 7 Saturday games and 19-7 in their last 26 overall. The home team is 5-2 in the last 7 meetings, and the over is 16-5-5 in the last 26 meetings in Anaheim and 21-8-10 in the last 39 meetings.
The Anaheim Ducks seem to get stronger the deeper the series goes, as we saw against Edmonton, and that overtime win on the road can do wonders for a teams confidence coming back home. The home team has won seven of the last 10 meetings between the Ducks and Predators, and Nashville hasn't been the same team on the road these playoffs as it has been at home. Besides game two, this series has been really tight and could have gone either way, so I'm going to side with what the trends say and back the home team in the Anaheim Ducks.