In the Western Conference, the Nashville Predators and the Anaheim Ducks will play first game of a best of 7 hockey odds series on Friday night at the Pond. The Nashville Predators are the 7th seed in the Western Conference, as they finished with 96 points. The Predators finished 9 points ahead of Minnesota for that spot. For the Anaheim Ducks, they won the Pacific Division on the final day of the season. The Ducks, following a slow start, finished with 103 points; one ahead of the Los Angeles Kings.
How To Bet on the Predators vs. Ducks NHL Playoff Odds, TV and Game Info
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Why Bet the Predators
The Nashville Predators will live and die by the play between the pipes from their goaltender Tukka Rask. Rask seems to be primed for a solid postseason, after playing some of his best hockey late in the season. The Predators are scoring 2.7 goals per game, and allowing 2.6 per game. Both rank just outside the top half. Nashville’s offense has been anchored all season long by center Filip Forsberg. The center scored 33 goals, and dished out 31 assists. Roman Josi led the team with 47 assists on the season.
Why Bet the Ducks
The Ducks got off to one of the worst starts in franchise history. Once they got rolling, Anaheim became one of the hottest teams in the league. The Ducks come into the postseason as the best defensive team in all of the National Hockey League. In the season finale, at the Honda Center, the Ducks shut out the top scoring team; Washington Capitals. The Ducks are allowing just 2.3 goals per game. On the offensive side, the Ducks are led by center Ryan Getzlaf, with 50 assists and 13 goals. Corey Perry led Anaheim with 34 goals.
Expert Score & Pick Prediction
This is a huge game for both teams. Many feel the Predators could go into Anaheim and sneak a game. Game 1 is a monster. In the end, look for this game to go overtime, and overtime will give the advantage to the home team. The Anaheim Ducks find a way to put the puck into the net in overtime. The Ducks win Game 1. The bet for Game 1 of the first round of the Western Conference first round game is the Anaheim Ducks -158 over the Nashville Predators.
The final score prediction: Anaheim Ducks 3-2 Nashville Predators.