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Predators Pick at Home to Force Game 7 vs Canucks

It’s been an exciting series between the Vancouver Canucks and Nashville Predators and it should keep going when they meet in Game 6 on Friday. The Canucks and Predators have traded blows back and forth for much of the series, with Nashville forcing a sixth game after stealing game five on the road. Vancouver is now up 3-2 in the series, but the Predators will look to extend the series once more – this time on home ice – as NHL odds have them favored in Game 6.

 

Predators Pick at Home to Force Game 7 vs Canucks
Predators Pick at Home to Force Game 7 vs Canucks

Canucks vs Predators Game Information

  • Game: Canucks (50-23-9) vs Predators (47-30-5)
  • Location: Bridgestone Arena, Nashville, TN
  • Day/Time: Friday, May 3, 7 p.m. ET
  • Canucks vs Predators Live Stream: NHL.com

Canucks vs Predators Odds and Spreads

 

  • In games it has played as a moneyline favorite with odds of -130 or shorter, Nashville has a 21-9 record (winning 70.0% of its games).
  • The Predators have been favored on the moneyline 42 times this season, and have finished 27-15 in those games.
  • Over the past 10 games, the Predators have claimed 65.0% of the possible points with a 5-3-2 record.
  • Vancouver is 8-7 when sportsbooks have listed them as underdogs of +110 or longer on the moneyline.
  • Canucks are 4-1 in their last 5 Friday games.

 

 

Saros Shines for Predators

This series has been more low-scoring despite having a Vancouver team that finished sixth in scoring in the regular season, and one of those reasons is the solid goaltending from Nashville.

Juuse Saros has played every game of the series for the Predators. In the five games, he has held the Canucks to 2.21 goals a game, recording a .879 save percentage. Saros is also coming off his best performance of the series, holding the Canucks to one goal while making 19 saves for a .950 save percentage.

Despite his series save percentage being down from his .906 season average, he is still faring better than Vancouver, which is without starting netminder Thatcher Demko. In his place, the Canucks have started Arturs Silovs, who has played just six games this season for a .881 save percentage, and backup Casey DeSmith (.896 save percentage). If Saros can have another strong game in net, the Preds should be in good shape.

 

Momentum is Building for Nashville

Though some may say momentum is overrated, Nashville has swung it back in its favor and could use it to its advantage again for game six.

The Predators nearly took game four to tie the series with Vancouver, forcing overtime with a late goal in the third period. However, after falling in the extra session, they went on the road and built off that loss, avoiding elimination by winning 2-1. After two scoreless periods, Nashville scored the first two goals in the third period to secure the win and force Game 6.

With the momentum now back on its side, Nashville will host Game 6, owning not just the momentum but home-ice advantage as well. With optimism on their side after avoiding a season-ending loss and in front of their fans, the Predators should be ready for a strong performance.

 

Take Predators to Extend Series One More Time

After taking a 3-1 lead in the series, the Canucks looked like they were going to send the Predators packing in Game 5. However, Nashville bounced back to get the win and is the solid NHL pick for game six as well.

The Nashville defense, led by Saros in net, has made a Vancouver offense that averaged 3.40 goals a game in the regular season work, limiting it to 2.40 in the playoffs. Neither team has been able to score much, but with the Canucks also missing their starting goalie and Saros coming off his best game, Nashville should have the upper hand again.

The Predators went 23-16-2 at home this season and home-ice advantage should allow them to even the series.

 

NHL Prediction: Nashville pushes series to game seven (-125)

 

 

Questions of the Day

What is Nashville’s record at home?


The Predators went 23-16-2 at home.

Who leads the Predators in scoring?


Filip Forsberg leads Nashville with 94 points and 48 goals.

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