Nashville Predators (36-27-8) at Arizona Coyotes (34-30-8)
NHL Hockey: Wednesday, August 5, 2020 at 2:30 pm (Rogers Place)
The Line: Arizona Coyotes +115 / Nashville Predators -135 --- Over/Under: 5.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Arizona Coyotes and Nashville Predators meet Wednesday in game three of the NHL West Qualifying action at the Rogers Place.
The Arizona Coyotes need a bounce back performance here to take a 2-1 series lead. The Arizona Coyotes are averaging four goals per game and are scoring on 16.7 percent of their power play opportunities. Clayton Keller leads Arizona with two goals, Phil Kessel has two assists and Taylor Hall has five shots on goal. Defensively, the Arizona Coyotes are allowing three goals per game and are killing 60 percent of their opponents power plays. Darcy Kuemper has given up seven goals on 71 shots faced.
The Nashville Predators look for another victory to take a big 2-1 series lead. The Nashville Predators are averaging three goals per game and are scoring on 40 percent of their power play opportunities. Filip Forsberg leads Nashville with two goals, Roman Josi has three assists and Viktor Arvidsson has seven shots on goal. Defensively, the Nashville Predators are allowing four goals per game and are killing 83.3 percent of their opponents power plays. Juuse Saros has allowed six goals on 63 shots faced.
The Predators are 5-2 in their last 7 games as a favorite, 4-9 in their last 13 games playing on 0 days rest and 1-4 in their last 5 Wednesday games. The Coyotes are 43-94 in their last 137 vs. Central, 15-40 in their last 55 games playing on 0 days rest and 8-17 in their last 25 overall. The under is 13-6 in Predators last 19 overall. The over is 5-1 in Coyotes last 6 overall. The home team is 40-17 in the last 57 meetings. The over is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings.
The Nashville Predators played a much cleaner game in game two while also getting off to a much faster start. The Arizona Coyotes have allowed the Preds to get too comfortable offensively in this series and they're a team that I've had a hard time trusting all season, even when I've given them chance after chance to prove me wrong. The Coyotes have been horrible in the underdog role all season long and they've allowed the Predators to score at least three goals in four of the last five meetings.
I'll take the Nashville Predators and the reasonable price.