Things are getting very, very interesting in the Western Conference Semifinals. After surviving at Rogers Arena and posting a second straight win there on Saturday night, the Nashville Predators will be back in NHL betting action on Monday at Bridgestone Arena in the Music City against the Vancouver Canucks in a do or die Game 6.
Vancouver might have lost Game 5 of this series, but this is almost its home away from home here in Nashville. After all, the Canucks already have a pair of wins here in the playoffs, and they are 8-2 in their last 10 visits to the Music City. The Canucks have won 30 games this year away from home, and a win on Monday would send them to the Western Conference Finals for the first time since 1994. We still ask where the heck the Sedin brothers have been in this series! Daniel Sedin has just five goals and four assists in the playoffs to date, and he hasn’t scored a goal since Game 6 of the Western Conference Quarterfinals against the Chicago Blackhawks. His brother, Henrik Sedin has a goal and seven assists in the second season, but save for a great Game 4 in this series when he scored a goal and had two helpers, he hasn’t had a single point. The only saving grace is that Ryan Kesler has had a great postseason and a fantastic series. He has five goals and eight assists, and all five of those goals and three of those assists have come in the last three games.
Nashville just has to find some way to be able to stop Kesler, and it should be fine. However, the big question mark is the increasingly inconsistent Pekka Rinne. Rinne knows that he isn’t getting all that much help from an offense that struggled to average 2.6 goals per game in the regular season, and he should consider it a bit of a blessing that his team has scored 10 goals for him in the last four games of this series knowing how tight playoff hockey always is. Still, Rinne has allowed three goals in three straight games, and he has more or less been left hung out to dry by his defense. The ‘D’ allowed 47 shots in Game 3, and 34 more shots in Game 5. For the playoffs, Rinne is 6-4-1 with a 2.61 GAA, numbers which really aren’t good enough to be able to get into the Western Conference Semifinals. Still, this is a team with a heck of a lot of fight in it, and after a solid regular season at home, there is no way that the Preds want to go out like this with three losses at Bridgestone Arena in the same series.
Nashville Predators vs. Vancouver Canucks Pick: The problem though, is that Vancouver is just the better team. Eventually, we know that the Sedin boys are going to wake up, and when they do, it’s all over but the crying for the Predators. Go with Vancouver -130 to finish off this series without the nerves of a do or die Game 7.
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