Nashville Predators (33-32-11) at Anaheim Ducks (50-18-8)
|Date & Time||Friday April 4, 2014, 10:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Anaheim Ducks -221 / Nashville Predators +200 --- Over/Under: 5.5
The Nashville Predators and Anaheim Ducks will play for the third and final time this season on Friday. The Ducks lead the series 2-0.
The Predators are just trying to end the season strong, as they’ve won of their last six games. Still, the Predators are the 12th worst team in the Western Conference. Offensively, the Predators have woken up a bit, scoring 25 goals in their last six games. However, the goaltending hasn’t been as consistent, as the Predators have allowed three or more goals in four of their last six games. The Predators have not played since Sunday’s victory over the Washington Capitals and are 16-15-2-4 on the road this season.
The Ducks are still within reach of clinching the best record in the Western Conference if they can keep winning. The Ducks have been on the winning side in five of their last six games. During this winning stretch, the Ducks have scored at least three goals in every game, while the defense has allowed two or less goals in four of those six games. The Ducks have scored a power play goal in five of their last seven games and Ryan Getzlaf has 10 points in his last seven games. The Anaheim Ducks are 27-7-1-3 at home.
The Predators are 17-37 in their last 54 road games and 1-5 in their last 6 vs. Pacific. The Ducks are 4-0 in their last 4 vs. Central and 45-20 in their last 65 home games. The Predators are 10-21 in the last 31 meetings in Anaheim and 0-5 in the last 5 meetings.
Since there's little value in taking the Ducks, I'm going to side with the over. The Ducks have been scoring at a high clip all season long and the over has hit in three of the last four meetings between these two teams.