Nashville Predators (36-28-8) at Arizona Coyotes (35-30-8)
NHL Hockey: Friday, August 7, 2020 at 2:30 pm (Rogers Place)
The Line: Arizona Coyotes +110 / Nashville Predators -135 --- Over/Under: 5.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Arizona Coyotes and Nashville Predators meet Thursday in game four of the NHL West Qualifying action at the Rogers Place.
The Arizona Coyotes look for back-to-back victories here to advance to the next playoff series. The Arizona Coyotes are averaging 3.33 goals per game and are scoring on 18.2 percent of their power play opportunities. Clayton Keller leads Arizona with two goals, Phil Kessel has three assists and Taylor Hall has eight shots on goal. Defensively, the Arizona Coyotes are allowing 2.67 goals per game and are killing 70 percent of their opponents power plays. Darcy Kuemper has given up eight goals on 111 shots faced.
The Nashville Predators need a victory here to save their season and force a game five on Sunday. The Nashville Predators are averaging 2.67 goals per game and are scoring on 30 percent of their power play opportunities. Filip Forsberg leads Nashville with two goals, Roman Josi has three assists and Viktor Arvidsson has 13 shots on goal. Defensively, the Nashville Predators are allowing 3.33 goals per game and are killing 81.8 percent of their opponents power plays. Juuse Saros has allowed nine goals on 90 shots faced.
The Predators are 5-2 in their last 7 games as a favorite, 2-6 in their last 8 playoff games as a favorite and 3-9 in their last 12 vs. Pacific. The Coyotes are 6-13 in their last 19 games as an underdog, 4-9 in their last 13 games playing on 1 days rest and 8-17 in their last 25 overall. The under is 13-6 in Predators last 19 overall. The over is 5-2 in Coyotes last 7 overall. The under is 12-4 in the last 16 meetings.
The Nashville Predators need to get their defense in order to have a chance of saving their season, as they allowed four goals in their two losses, and that was with them having 12 more shots on goal in game three. The good news for the Preds is that the Arizona Coyotes have had issues stringing wins together all season long and right when you're ready to believe in this club, they put up a few stinkers. I expect a game five between these two clubs.
I'll lay the reasonable price with the Nashville Predators.