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St. Louis Blues vs. Nashville Predators Predictions, Picks and Preview – 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs – Western Conference Semifinals Game Four

St. Louis Blues vs. Nashville Predators Predictions, Picks and Preview – 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs – Western Conference Semifinals Game Four

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St. Louis Blues vs. Nashville Predators Game 4 Preview

Where: Bridgestone Arena – Nashville, Tennesssee

When: Tuesday, May 2, 2017 – 9:30 PM ET

Line: St. Louis Blues at Nashville Predators – total: 5.0 –  view all NHL lines

TV Broadcast: NBC


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Betting on the St. Louis Blues (1-2)

Moneyline: +150

The Blues were simply off in Game 3’s 3-1 loss. It was a resounding way to have their first road defeat of the postseason.

Jake Allen’s ever reliable defense was there, as he recorded 31 saves and had a .912 save percentage. He somehow kept the team in the game with a string of good stops, but the super stagnant offense, which could only muster 23 shots for the whole contest, cancelled all of it out. Alex Steen, who’s mostly there for facilitating, but now has three goals and three assists in the playoffs, was the lone Blue to find the back of the net.

Allen currently has the second-highest save percentage in the Stanley Cup playoffs (.938), so it’s the offense that will obviously have to step up big time to avoid falling into a 3-1 hole in the series. They’re pretty equipped to do as such – Vladimir Tarasenko and Jaden Schwartz are proven scorers, and they join Steen in leading the team in goals this postseason – so the team can still be trusted to bounce back.

Betting on the Nashville Predators (2-1)

Moneyline: -170

Coming off their first loss of the postseason, the Predators responded well by comfortably cruising to a series-leading, 3-1 win. They showcased dynamic play on both ends and it kept their home ice advantage intact.

Veteran Cody McLeod, who joined the team midway in the season from the Colorado Avalanche, scored his fifth goal of the season in the second period. Defensemen Ryan Ellis and Ryan Josi also had one score each – Ellis continues to pace the team in scoring in the playoffs, with eight (three goals and five assists).

The Preds’ offense is performing well as of late. They have scored three or more goals in their last seven games, so expect them to be dangerous moving forward.

As for the defense, Pekka Rinne has been doing his job very well. The 34-year-old leads the charge on D, and he’s ahead of every goalie in save percentage this postseason (.950).

With Game 4 still at being held at home, Nashville’s in a prime position to capture another victory and have a good control of the series, especially if St. Louis once again leaves Jake Allen with too much in his hands.

Writer’s Prediction

The Blues (+150) tie the series up with a thrilling, 3-2 OT win.

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