Anaheim Ducks vs. Nashville Predators Game 4 Preview
Where: Bridgestone Arena, Nashville
When: Thursday, May 18, 2017, 8:00 PM ET
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Betting on the Anaheim Ducks
John Gibson was sensational between the pipes in Game 3, but his heroics weren’t enough to keep Anaheim from losing to the Preds, 2-1.
Gibson made 38 saves, perhaps a reflection of the goalie’s fine form just as much as the Ducks’ poor blueline play with Nashville taking a massive advantage shots, 40-20. Gibson’s teammates must be able to cut down the goalie’s workload, especially with fatigue likely a bigger factor now for Gibson, who’s faced 119 shots over his past three starts. So far this postseason, Gibson is sporting an 8-5-0 record, a 2.74 GAA, and .915 SV%.
Corey Perry finally found the back of the net in Game 3 for the first time in 11 games. Hopefully for the Preds, that’s going to spark the former Hart Memorial Trophy winner into contributing more on offense. The Ducks tops the playoffs in scoring with 3.1 goals per game, tied with the Penguins.
The over is 3-1 in the Ducks’ last four road games.
Betting on the Nashville Predators
The Predators did everything right in Game 3—except maybe score more than two goals, considering, again, the vast shot differential between them and the Ducks.
A win is a win though and the Preds now have a 2-1 series lead with a chance to go up 3-1 at home tonight. For those keeping count, Nashville’s win on Tuesday was the team’s sixth straight in Bridgestone Arena. In other words, the Preds are undefeated at home in the playoffs.
Game 3 also brought a comforting sight for the Preds with regards to the performance of goalie Pekka Rinne, who bounced back from a bad start in a 5-3 loss in Game 2, by allowing just a goal on 20 shots Tuesday. On the postseason, Rinne is 10-3-0 with a scary good 1.58 GAA and .942 SV%.
Rinne’s not facing too many shots either, which is kind of unfair because he’s great enough to carry games for Nashville defensively. The Preds are allowing just 28.0 shots per game, the fewest in these playoffs. They are outshooting the Ducks so far this series, 119-76.
Nashville (+130) wins, 3-2.
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