A Fantastic Totals NHL Pick For Predators vs. Ducks As They Enter Into Game 5

Dana Lane

Saturday, April 23, 2016 4:43 PM UTC

Saturday, Apr. 23, 2016 4:43 PM UTC

Can the Nashville Predators keep the streak of the road team winning each of the first four games. 

Playoff Record: 27-22-18

Nashville Predators vs. Anaheim Ducks
I think we're going to get a feel for how the whole game will play out in the first period. The Ducks focus is to jump on their opponents early so they can draw from their main strength, which is protecting leads, while lengthening their advantage on special teams. If you watch our videos the focus was on the Ducks winning the first period which has been an extremely positive twenty minutes for Anaheim boasting a +33 goal differential and +20 at the Honda Center.  

I anticipate that this game will be higher scoring than the previous four that hasn't cashed an 'over' ticket even though they 'pushed' three times. I look for the Ducks to get close to that total on their own with a 3-4 goal effort. In order to do that there has to be more effective special teams play. It's very difficult to cash 'over' tickets when both teams are a combined 2-31 on the PP. However, you have to think that with a little more man advantage success the game would easily go 'over' the number considering three of the first four games have landed right on five which has been the total for each game.  

The reason Anaheim was able to tie the series at two is because of the fantastic play of Frederik Andersen who replaced John Gibson in game three. Andersen stopped 57 of the 58 shots he faced but before label him as the savior of the series let's not forget that this is the same Andersen that gave up 12 goals to Ottawa, Calgary, and Toronto as the season wore down. There is no denying that he came up big in game three and four but his success has often been a product of a fantastic defense. I still have to question his ability to carry a team when the Ducks are not in a position to protect leads. His save percentage on the season was .919 which is a little lower than what I'd like especially when you play in back of a team that only gives up just 27.5 shots per game.  

Nashville goaltender Pekka Rinne hasn't played well in the last two games allowing 11 total goals in four games which isn't that bad but his seven goals allowed in the last two is along with a horrible .848 save percentage. In his last nine starts Rinne has given up three goals or more six times. 


Betting Analysis
From a trend perspective the Predators are only 2-6 against teams with a winning record in their last eight games while the Ducks are still riding their hot streak winning 36 of their last 53 games. 

In Nashville's last 23 quarterfinals games the 'over' has been a strong 12-4-7 with that trend getting even stronger when both of these teams meet up at the Honda Center where the 'over' is 5-0-2 in their last seven meetings.

So I'm going with the 'over' 5 as my NHL picks. You can grab a great deal on the NHL odds boards at a plus money price of +110. Also, I back Anaheim in the first period as stated in out daily videos. By the way, you still want more picks? You can always visit our NHL Picks of the day to get the best value games on slate. @DanaLaneSports

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