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Canucks to Raise Bar (and Total) vs Predators in Game 3

The Vancouver Canucks are in the Stanley Cup playoffs for the second time in the last nine seasons. Unless the Pacific Division champion can win at least one of the next two games in Nashville, it could be a short stay.

After Nashville’s 4-1 win in Vancouver in Game 2, the Predators look to build on their success on home ice after going 6-1-1 in the last eight home games. That is one reason why Nashville is priced at -120 to win Game 3. Based on the -250 odds for the Canucks at +1½ on the puck line, don’t look for a second-straight multi-goal win for the Predators.

Canucks to Raise Bar (and Total) vs Predators in Game 3
Canucks to Raise Bar (and Total) vs Predators in Game 3



When looking at NHL odds, both teams are priced at -110 to win the series.

This is the first playoff meeting between the Predators and the Canucks since 2011. Vancouver won in six games on the way to reaching the Stanley Cup Final. with three of the four wins by the Canucks coming by one goal. Vancouver won five of the last six games against Nashville and four of those contests landed over the total.

In the NHL futures odds, the Canucks are tied for ninth at +1800 in the odds of winning the Stanley Cup. The Predators come in at +4000 in the championship odds.


Canucks vs Predators Game Information

  • Game: Canucks 50-23-9 (23-14-4 on the road) vs Predators 47-30-5 (23-16-2 at home)
  • Date/Time: Friday, April 26, 7:30 p.m. ET
  • Location: Bridgestone Arena, Nashville, TN
  • Canucks vs Predators Live Stream: NHL.Com


Canucks vs Predators Odds and Spreads


Stars Coming Up Empty For The Canucks

It has been a slow start in this series for some of Vancouver’s best offensive players.

J.T. Miller, Brock Boeser, Elias Pettersson, Conor Garland, and Nils Hoglander combined for 155 goals during the regular season. Seven of those were in three games against the Predators, but they have no goals with nine shots on goal in the series.

If not for two goals and an assist from Dakota Joshua in Game 1, the Canucks could easily be headed into Game 3 down 0-2 rather than the series being tied.

If the best players don’t start playing like the best series, the Canucks could be in trouble.



Predators Eager for Some More Home Cooking

When Nashville was on the wrong side of a 9-2 score at home against Central Division rival Dallas, the Predators had the 10th most points in the Western Conference and the Predators were fading in the playoff race.

That was a turning point as Nashville suffered one regulation loss in its last 12 home games of the regular season to secure the top wild card in the Western Conference.

Nashville will look to turn that strong finish into the next two games of the series.


Nashville is 6-5 against the puck line in its last 11 games as a home favorite while Vancouver lost its last four games and was outscored 19-7 the last four times as a road underdog.

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

  • Seven of the last nine games between the Canucks and the Predators went over the total.
  • Nashville is 27-12-2 as the favorite this season.
  • Vancouver is 15-12-3 as the underdog.
  • Vancouver has seen 23 of its 41 road games go over the total.
  • The total has gone over in seven of Vancouver’s last 10 games on the road against Nashville.
  • Six of the last eight times that Vancouver has been the underdog, the game went under the total.


Canucks vs Predators Injury Update

Defenseman Tyler Myers is questionable and goalie Thatcher Demko is out for the Canucks. Demko’s loss looms rather large as the series heads to Nashville.

What to Look for

It seems unlikely that when the season started, Vancouver would be relying on Casey DeSmith to lead the Canucks to their second playoff series win since reaching the 2011 Stanley Cup Final. With Demko out indefinitely after starting the series opener, DeSmith will be in goal.

Nashville is 14-5 in its last 19 games against Western Conference teams and 8-1 over the last nine against Pacific Division teams.

These teams ranked fifth and eighth in points percentage, respectively, over the last two months of the regular season so this series could be going for a while.

Vancouver has a roster full of high-scoring players and without the franchise goalie to rely on, expect to see the Canucks try to speed things up and create more offensive chances. That makes the 5½-goal pretty enticing heading into Game 3.

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Canucks vs Predators Prediction

Canucks 4, Predators 2



Questions of the Day

Who are the top scorers in the Canucks-Predators series?

Dakota Joshua leads Vancouver with two goals and an assist while Filip Forsberg has a goal and two assists for Nashville.

What are good player prop options for Game 3 of the Canucks-Predators series on April 26?

After scoring a career-high 103 points in the regular season, it is time for Vancouver forward J.T. Miller to come through for the Canucks while it is never a bad idea to roll with Nashville defenseman Roman Josi when making player prop picks.


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