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Canucks Set to Deliver Knockout Blow to Predators

Depending on whether you are a glass is half-full or half-empty type of a person, what took place in Nashville on Sunday was either an amazing comeback by visiting Vancouver or a meltdown by the Predators on par with the 1986 Boston Red Sox or the 2016 Atlanta Falcons.

Vancouver, playing with its third-string goalie, was down by two goals with less than three minutes to play. Brock Boeser’s second goal of the game with eight seconds left in the third period set the stage for the overtime winner by Elias Lindholm.

Canucks Set to Deliver Knockout Blow to Predators
Canucks Set to Deliver Knockout Blow to Predators


Now Vancouver is the home favorite to eliminate the Nashville Predators according to the NHL betting line.

Vancouver has won six of the last seven games against the Predators and is 4-0 in one-goal games during that stretch. When looking at NHL odds Vancouver is priced at -755 to win the series.

The Canucks are priced at -120 to win Game 5 outright with +220 odds to cover at -1½ goals on the puck line. The Predators come in at even money to send the series back to Nashville for Game 6.



When looking at the NHL futures odds, the Canucks are ninth at +1800 in the odds of winning the Stanley Cup. Only the New York Islanders have longer championship odds than Nashville at +15000.


Predators vs Canucks Game Information

  • Game: Predators 48-32-6 (25-15-3 on the road) vs Canucks 53-24-9 (28-10-5 at home)
  • Date/Time: Tuesday, April 30, 10 p.m. ET
  • Location: Rogers Arena, Vancouver, BC
  • Predators vs Canucks Live Stream: NHL.com


Predators vs Canucks Odds and Spreads


Predators Pushed to the Limit

Nashville did everything but with Game 4. The Predators outshot Vancouver 30-20, limited the Canucks to two power-play opportunities and took a two-goal lead at home on a Filip Forsberg goal early in the third period.

Nashville had the next four shots on goal after going up by two goals. However, Arturs Silovs, who was playing because Vancouver goalies Thatcher Demko and Casey DeSmith are injured, stopped the last 10 shots he faced to give his teammates the chance for an improbable comeback.

Nashville jumped out to a 3-0 lead en route to the 4-1 win in Game 2 the last time the Predators played in Vancouver. Now the Predators are faced with having to win three games in a row to avoid losing its sixth straight playoff series.


Is Boeser Ready to Strike Again?

Boeser has had some mixed results after big games this season. The first nine times that Boeser scored at least two goals in a game, he had at least one goal in the next game on four occasions. Five other times, he failed to add to his goal total and only had one assist in those five games.

Boeser headed into Game 4 with five goals in 20 career playoff games. After recording his first career playoff hat trick, Boeser is priced at +179 to score in Game 5. Boeser came into the series with +550 odds to be the top goal scorer in the series.

Teammate J.T. Miler has the same odds as the Canucks look to punch their ticket to the second round of the playoffs for the second time since reaching the 2011 Stanley Cup Final.


Vancouver has won six of its last nine games as the home favorite. One of those losses came to the Predators in Game 2. The total went over in just three of the last 10 times that Vancouver was favored at home.

Nashville has won 10 of its last 15 games as a road underdog and covered in 11 of those games.

Here are some numbers to consider for those who bet online.

  • The total has gone over in nine of Nashville’s last 11 games in Vancouver.
  • Vancouver is 28-10-5 as the favorite this season.
  • Nashville is 17-21-2 as an underdog.
  • The Predators have covered against the Las Vegas NHL odds in 23 of 43 road games.
  • Just 19 of Vancouver’s 43 home games have landed over the total.
  • Eight of Vancouver’s last 12 games on home ice went under the total.


Predators vs Canucks Injury Update

As if the Game 4 loss wasn’t tough enough to deal with, Nashville star defenseman Roman Josi left the game due to injury but was able to return to the ice. Defenseman Spencer Stastney is out for the Predators.

Goalie Casey DeSmith missed Game 4 for Vancouver and is questionable while No. 1 goalie Thatcher Demko is out.


What to Look for

Nashville has a lot to deal with after squandering the chance to go back to Vancouver with the series tied 2-2.

Nashville has won eight of the last 11 matchups with Pacific Division teams. However, the Canucks are 8-4 over the last 12 games as the favorite.

The total went over in eight of the last 11 games for the Predators against Western Conference teams.

With the questions in goal, Vancouver figures to try to play even faster and get some goal support for whoever ends up in the net. Don’t be surprised to see Game 5 land over the 5½ total.


Predators vs Canucks Prediction

Canucks 4, Predators 2



Questions of the Day

Who are the top scorers in the Hurricanes-Islanders series?

J.T. Miller leads Vancouver with five assists and six points while Brock Boeser has four goals in the first four games. Filip Forsberg tops Nashville with two goals and four points.

What happened the last time the Predators and the Canucks met in the Stanley Cup Playoffs?

Vancouver won in six games in the Western Conference semifinals in 2011 on the way to the Stanley Cup Final.

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