When you have a tight playoff series going on, it’s amazing the number of times that Game 5 can prove to be the backbreaker. This is especially true if the road team wins that game and gives themselves the opportunity to go home and close out the series. This is exactly the position that the Nashville Predators find themselves in after waltzing into Anaheim and coming away with a 3-1 win in Game 5.
While it would be easy to paint this series as now being over, especially given the way in which Nashville have played in their own building, we should remember that there have been some serious swings in this series, with home ice advantage going back and forth from the start. Nashville may feel as though they need to close out this series on Monday night, as I’m sure they do not relish the prospect of going back to California to play a Game 7. For the Ducks, it’s simple: win to stay alive, lose and go home.
Analyzing The 2017 NHL Game 6 Betting Picks For Ducks At Predators
When: Monday, May 22 at 8 PM EST
Where: Bridgestone Arena, Nashville
Live Stream: NHL.TV
NHL Odds: Nashville Predators -1½ (+215)
Why bet on the Anaheim Ducks
The Ducks can take heart in the fact that they are the only team to get a win in Nashville during this postseason. It goes a little further than that, though, as Nashville have only lost 3 playoff games at home in the past 3 seasons, and it was the Ducks who won all 3 of those games. The Ducks will need to get over a missed opportunity as they come into this game, as they blew the chance to put some real pressure on the Predators after giving up home ice advantage once again in Game 5. They ran into a brick wall in the form of Pekka Rinne, which is becoming a common theme this postseason. Anaheim need their veteran guys to come up big if they want to extend their season one more game.
Why bet on the Nashville Predators
The Predators are becoming a fairy tale story is this postseason, and they can get one step closer to a happy ending by winning yet another game on home ice. Were it any opponent other than the Ducks, you would be willing to go big on the Predators, but as we already mentioned, the Ducks have had some success in Nashville over the past few seasons. As has been the case all through the playoffs, the Predators are once again going to lean heavily on their defense and goaltending. It is what has brought them this far, and you get the feeling that it might just be enough to get them into the Stanley Cup Final.
Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction
The Anaheim Ducks are certainly not going to go down without a fight, but you have to wonder if they are going to be able to break down the Predators defense, which they have only really managed to do once in the previous 5 games. I like the Predators to win and move on.