The Nashville Predators are backed against the wall going into their game six matchup with the Carolina Hurricanes. The Hurricanes took a 3-2 lead after winning game five and will be looking to advance to the second round to face the defending Stanley Cup champion Tampa Bay Lightning, while the Predators will be looking to push the series to a decisive game seven.
Carolina Hurricanes Betting Preview: Don’t Look Ahead Yet…
The Carolina Hurricanes come into game six with a 3-2 series lead. They won the pivotal game five on Tuesday, 3-2 in overtime, but know that they cannot look ahead because there is still a game to win. Carolina trailed on two different occasions in the game when center Martin Necas went to work. He scored to tie the game late in the first period and then again in the third to send the game to overtime. Center Jordan Staal scored at 2:03 of the overtime period to give the Hurricanes the lead in the series.
Carolina outshot Nashville 37-25 in the game and outhit them 66-40. At times, Carolina looked like the dominant team. Goaltender Alex Nedeljkovic made 23 saves to help lead the Hurricanes to the victory. Carolina has won every game they have played at home in this series.
The Hurricanes have been led offensively in the series by Staal. He has four goals and an assist in the series. Defenseman Brett Pesce leads the team with three assists. Nedeljkovic has allowed 13 goals in the series and has a goals against average of 2.10. His save percentage is .927.
Nashville Predators Betting Preview: Win at Home or Go Home
The Nashville Predators come into play Thursday trailing 3-2 in the series. Nashville has won both games they have played in the series at home. The Preds blew two different leads in game five before falling in overtime. Center Yakov Trenin was the offensive star for the Predators in game five, scoring both Nashville goals. The Predators’ offense will need to play a complete game in game six if they want to extend their season.
Nashville’s offense went into hibernation after Trenin scored at 0:53 of the second period. They allowed Carolina to dictate the pace with physical play. This will have to change in-game six. Goaltender Juuse Saros had another solid effort, making 34 saves and keeping Nashville in the game.
The Predators have been led offensively by defenseman Ryan Ellis, who has a goal and three assists in the series. Left-winger Fillip Forsberg, center Ryan Johansen, and Trenin all have two goals in the series. Saros has allowed 16 goals in the series and has a goals against average of 2.59. His save percentage is .928.
Hurricanes vs. Predators Betting Odds & Lines
MyBookie has a moneyline on this game of Carolina -140, while Nashville checks in at +120. The Hurricanes are favored by 1.5 goals, and the over/under is 5.5.
Free Betting Pick
These two teams have battled each other for five games. The home team has won every game. This trend bodes well for the Predators, but Carolina is a very good hockey team that was good on the road all season. Nashville will have a crazy crowd, and that will play a role in the game. Take the Predators to force a game seven.