St. Louis Blues (51-32-7) at Nashville Predators (47-30-12)
|Date & Time||Tuesday May 2, 2017, 9:30 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Nashville Predators -170 / St. Louis Blues +150 --- Over/Under: 5
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The Nashville Predators look to take a stranglehold as they take on the St. Louis at home on Tuesday night.
The Nashville Predators have been the surprise team of the NHL playoffs thus far as they swept away the heavily favoured Chicago Blackhawks and can now take the next step to booking their ticket to the Western Conference finals with a game four victory on Tuesday night. The Preds have always had a solid roster that is built on defense and goaltending, and while this season isn’t too far from that mold they have had a much better season putting the puck in the net and that has made them so dangerous thus far as they have been able to shut down their opponents in the attacking third while filling the back of the net at the other end. Nashville got a big win in game three and can send the Blues to the brink of elimination if they can pull off another strong effort at Bridgestone Arena on this night.
The Blues meanwhile had a strong performance of their own in the opening round as they took down the Minnesota Wild but are behind the eight ball now against a Preds side that is looking like a Cup threat and will be tough team to take down with a 3-1 series lead. St. Louis made some moves at the trade deadline that indicated they were maybe ready for a rebuild but instead they went on an impressive stretch to end the season and landed with the third seed in the Central division and as such they drew a Wild but now that we are into the conference semis and they can’t coast by any more and we are starting to see exactly where this team lies. Jake Allen is going to have to steal one here as the Blues haven’t had a great run offensively.
The Blues are 20-7 in their last 27 overall and 20-8 in their last 28 road games while the Preds are 6-1 in their last seven against the Central and 20-7 in their last 27 home games. Nashville has been on fire at home and in these playoffs and while the value is on St. Louis I see Nashville getting it done again.