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Predators Trying To Hunt Down a Playoff Spot

Carolina Going after Third Straight Division Title

Nashville is in must-win territory as the Predators are three points out of the last playoff spot in the Western Conference with five games left. The Predators will be facing a Carolina team trying to hold off the New Jersey Devils and win their third straight division title.

The Hurricanes have allowed three goals in the first three games in April to hit the 50-win mark for the second straight season.

Hurricanes vs Predators Prediction, Game Preview, Live Stream, Odds and Picks
Hurricanes vs Predators Prediction, Game Preview, Live Stream, Odds and Picks

Nashville is coming off a win against the Western Conference-leading Vegas Golden Knights with Cody Glass, originally a first-round pick by Vegas, scoring in overtime.

Carolina is one of five NHL teams with fewer than 10 regulation losses on the road this season. Nashville is 20-14-4 at home, so keep that in mind when making NHL picks.

When looking at some of the NHL news, defenseman Jan Rutta is questionable for the Penguins. Forwards Nathan Bastian and Curtis Lazar are questionable for the Devils.

According to the NHL playoff odds, the Hurricanes (+950) are tied with Toronto for third in the odds to win the Stanley Cup title. Nashville is well back at +20000 in the championship odds.

Mixed Results For Carolina’s Stars

It has been an interesting stretch of games for Carolina forwards Sebastian Aho and Martin Necas.

The duo combined for 14 goals and 15 assists over the last 19 games. However, Aho has been on the ice for 11 even-strength goals while 18 have been scored against the Hurricanes.

The numbers aren’t much different for Necas with 16 even-strength goals scored by Carolina when the former first-round pick has been on the ice and 22 being scored against his team. He does lead the NHL with the most overtime goals this season.

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A bright spot has been the production by Jesperi Kotkaniemi as he has five goals and nine assists in the last 19 games. He is also +6 during that span.

The NHL odds total has gone under in Carolina’s last five games.

New Scoring Options Starting To Emerge

Quick, a show of hands of all of those who had Tommy Novak, Luke Evangelista and Philip Tomasino as the top three-point producers for Nashville over the last 19 games?

Novak, a former third-round pick, spent most of his first three full professional seasons in the AHL, has eight goals and 11 assists over the last 19 games with two game-winning goals.

Evangelista, a second-round selection in 2020, has six goals and seven assists in the 19 games since his call-up from the AHL.

Tomasino, a first-round pick in 2019, has scored three times on the power play over the last 18 games. Nashville went 7-0 in the first seven games this season when he had at least one point.

With injuries to Matt Duchene, Ryan Johansen and Filip Forsberg, opportunity has knocked for some of the lesser-known Nashville forwards.

The NHL betting lines total has gone under in four of Nashville’s last six games.

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Hurricanes vs Predators Head-to-Head

Nashville snapped a four-game losing streak to Carolina with a 5-3 win on Jan. 5 as Juuse Saros made a franchise-record 64 saves and Mark Janikowski had the tie-breaking goal early in the third period.

Five of the previous six games between the teams were decided by one goal. The visiting team has won three of the previous four matchups while five of the last seven games finished over the total.

Hurricanes vs Predators Game Information

  • Game: Hurricanes (49-18-9) vs Predators (38-30-8)
  • Location: Bridgestone Arena, Nashville, TN
  • Day/Time: Thursday, April 6th, 8 p.m. ET
  • Hurricanes vs Predators Live Stream: NHL.TV

Hurricanes vs Predators Betting Lines

Hurricanes vs Predators Picks and Prediction

Both teams are dealing with the absences of key offensive players so that has resulted in some inconsistent play recently.

Both teams have plenty to play for as Nashville is looking to earn a playoff spot and Carolina, the Hurricanes are trying to secure the Metropolitan Division title.

Carolina is 29th and Nashville 32nd among 32 NHL teams in goals per game since the start of March so this may not be a game full of offensive fireworks. Nashville is 12th and Carolina 18th in power plays drawn during that span.

Carolina peppered Saros with 67 shots, nine coming on the power play, in the first meeting of the season as the Predators will look to play better on their own end during the rematch.

The Hurricanes are 45-21-7 when listed by the sportsbook as the favorite. Nashville is 18-23-5 as the underdog.

The Carolina Hurricanes are listed at -170 in our Las Vegas hockey odds. This means that if you wager $100 on the Hurricanes, you have a chance to win $59. Nashville is +150, offering a chance to win $150 on a $100 wager.

The implied probability attached to the betting lines gives the Carolina Hurricanes a 62.96% chance to win, with the Nashville Predators at 40.00%.

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