Carolina Hurricanes (38-12-8) vs. Nashville Predators (31-25-2)
May 21, 2021 7:00 pm EDT
The Line: Nashville Predators +135 / Carolina Hurricanes -167; Over/Under: +5
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The Carolina Hurricanes and Nashville Predators meet in game three of the NHL Central Playoffs at the Bridgestone Arena. The Hurricanes hope to all but put this series to bed with a win and a 3-0 lead.
The Carolina Hurricanes are averaging four goals per game and are scoring on 14.3 percent of their power play opportunities. Sebastian Aho leads Carolina with two goals, Brett Pesce has three assists and Andrei Svechnikov has nine shots on goal. Defensively, the Carolina Hurricanes are allowing one goal per game and are killing 100 percent of their opponents power plays. Alex Nedeljkovic has allowed two goals on 56 shots faced.
The Nashville Predators need a win here to have a shot of winning the series, cutting the deficit to 1-2. The Nashville Predators are averaging one goal per game and are scoring on zero percent of their power play opportunities. Erik Haula leads Nashville with one goal, Matt Duchene has one assist and Roman Josi has nine shots on goal. Defensively, the Nashville Predators are allowing four goals per game and are killing 85.7 percent of their opponents power plays. Juuse Saros has allowed six goals on 67 shots faced.
The Hurricanes are 1-4 in their last 5 road games and 7-3 in their last 10 overall. The Predators are 7-1 in their last 8 home games and 18-8 in their last 26 overall. The under is 4-1 in Hurricanes last 5 overall. The under is 4-1 in Predators last 5 home games. The Hurricanes are 6-2 in the last 8 meetings in Nashville and 19-7 in the last 26 meetings. The favorite is 8-2 in the last 10 meetings. The home team is 8-0 in the last 8 meetings.
The Carolina Hurricanes are the better team here, they’ve badly outplayed the Preds in the first two games and they’ve been money in the favorite role all season long. However, the Nashville Predators have played their best hockey at home and it’s the home team that’s won each of the last eight meetings between these two clubs. In fact, each of the last seven meetings between the Hurricanes and Predators, the home team has won by no less than two goals, so it’s been comfortable wins across the board. If the Predators have any chance in this series, they need this game. I’ll take a stab with the plus money.