Posted: 5/16/2017 11:37:18 AM
It may not be a ratings grabber for the TV networks, but the series between Nashville and Anaheim is turning into a good one. The Ducks rallied from an early 2-0 deficit to beat the Predators 5-3 in Game 2 and it’s a good thing they did. If they had been heading East in a two-to-nothing series hole, it’s likely this best-of-seven would be all but over.
The Predators are 5-0 SU and 3-2 on the puckline at the Bridgestone Arena this postseason.
The Ducks are 4-1 SU as road underdogs this postseason, scoring an average of 3.8 goals.
The total has gone OVER in 4 of the Ducks’ 5 road playoff games so far.
Anaheim has been the most unpredictable team in the bracket but one thing that they’ve done that you can set your watch to this postseason is score goals. They’ve averaged 3.23 goals scored per game (more than any other team) and they’ve needed nearly every one of them as they’ve earned six of their nine playoff wins by exactly one goal.
This is a club that just won’t go away and that cause has effected a 5-2 straight-up record when the Ducks get scored on first. The crowd in Nashville is going to be insane tonight and I expect that to translate to the Preds grabbing an early lead on shaky Anaheim goaltending that’s been the worst of any of the remaining teams.
The Ducks are likely going to have to score three or more in order to take a series lead tonight and with the total opening at 5, that means I think the game is probably going OVER. Pekka Rinne had his worst game of the playoffs in Game 2 and with the Finn knocked off his inhuman pedestal, he’s vulnerable.OVER 5