It’s always easier to play with a lead than it is to try and come from behind, which is why it is so important to grab an early lead in a playoff series. While going up 2-0, especially when playing the first 2 games of a series at home, is not necessarily a back breaker for the team going behind, it does increase the pressure to a ridiculous degree. It can be argued that in these situations Game 3 becomes an absolute must win for the team that is behind the 8-ball. Coming back from 2 games down is tough, but the small list of teams that have overcome a 3-game deficit shows just how crucial the Game 3 in a series can be. That is where the Nashville Predators find themselves right now, as they head home after losing the opening 2 games of their second round series to the San Jose Sharks. This is perhaps the biggest game of the season for Nashville, and you can wager on it at our MyBookie.ag NHL online betting lines portal.
How To Bet The Sharks vs Predators NHL Playoffs Odds, TV & Game Info
Why bet on the San Jose Sharks
The San Jose Sharks appear to have hit their stride at just the right time, and they are now considered one of the favorites to represent the Western Conference in the Stanley Cup Final. They have yet to lose on home ice this postseason, and they easily dispatched of the LA Kings in just 5 games. Defensively, the Sharks have been excellent, although they are likely going to have to withstand a storm in game 3, as I expect the Predators to come out hard in an effort to get back in this series. The Sharks lost the regular season series to the Predators, but it is worth noting that they did win in their last visit to Nashville.
Why bet on the Nashville Predators
If we have learned anything from the Nashville Predators in this postseason, it’s that they are not going to make things easy for themselves. They looked down and out after going 3-2 down in the series versus the Ducks, but won the final 2 games to move on to Round 2. They have dug yet another hole, but that Round 1 performance should let the Sharks know that this series is not over yet. If the Predators are to get back into this thing, they need to get their Power Play back on track. It was pretty awful versus the Ducks, but did strike once in game 1 versus San Jose. They also need to shut down a Sharks offense that scored 8 goals in the opening 2 games.
Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction
The Sharks are playing some inspired hockey right now, and it’s tough to imagine that they will let this lead slip away. I think they weather the early storm in Game 3 and go on to take a 3-0 series lead.
San Jose Sharks 4 Nashville Predators 2