Nashville Predators (46-29-12) at St. Louis Blues (50-31-7)
|Date & Time||Friday April 28, 2017, 8:00 PM (EDT)|
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The Line: St. Louis Blues -115 / Nashville Predators +104 --- Over/Under: 5
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The Nashville Predators look to remain undefeated as they take on the St. Louis in game two action on Friday 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 have already taken home ice advantage away from the St. Louis Blues after a game one victory on Wednesday. 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. Pekka Rinne will get the nod in goal once again as he will face off against Jake Allen as both goaltenders look to shake off a sluggish game one effort that ended well over the total set at five.
The Blues meanwhile had a strong performance of their own in the opening round as they took down the Minnesota Wild and now have a chance at advancing to the Western Conference final if they can rid of the Predators in this series. 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 team that had been on one of their worst stretches of the season and were ripe for the picking. The Blues are 19-7 in their last 26 games and are in a good spot here to rebound despite losing the series opener.
The Predators are 5-0 in their last five against the Central and 4-1 in their last five road games while the Blues are 16-6 in their last 22 against the Western Conference and 4-0 in their last four playing on one day’s rest. The Preds have yet to lose in these playoffs but I see that changing here as Allen rebounds after a tough loss and St. Louis generated some momentum to close out the third period in game one.