Ducks vs. Predators NHL Picks: The Roller Coaster Continues In Game 7

Ross Benjamin

Wednesday, April 27, 2016 6:50 PM UTC

Wednesday, Apr. 27, 2016 6:50 PM UTC

Our expert provides us with a detailed analysis in addition to his pick for Game 7 between Predators vs. Ducks. Go inside to read this compelling article first before making your NHL picks today.

Predators/Ducks Betting Preview for Game 7
Anaheim hosts Nashville on Wednesday in a deciding Game 7 at the Honda Center in Anaheim. The opening faceoff is slated for 10:05 PM ET. Both teams have identical 2-1 road records during this Western Conference Quarterfinal series. Ironically, Nashville was able to stave off elimination with a 3-1 home win on Monday. Current NHL odds at has Anaheim as a -155 money line favorite, and the posted total is 5.0. Each of the first six games of this series had 5.0 as its total. Those six contests went 2-1-3 under the total. However, since the 2013-2014 season commenced, these teams have played one another fifteen times, and resulted in those games going 9-2-4 over the total, including 5-0-2 over at the Honda Center.


Series Swings of Momentum
It’s been a roller coaster ride for both teams in this series. Nashville seemingly gained a firm upper hand by winning the first two games at Anaheim. However, Anaheim bounced back to win Games 3 and 4 in Nashville. That’s certainly not the first time which the sequential order of those results occurred during Stanley Cup Playoff lore, but it’s a rarity nonetheless. Things returned back to form with each home team prevailing in Games 5 and 6. Anaheim is 26-18 at home this season, and Nashville has gone an uninspiring 20-24 on the road.


Goaltending and Special Teams Edges Favor Ducks
Prior to the start of these 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs, I wrote an article which focused on the importance of special teams. During the regular season, my personal special team efficiency ratings clearly indicated that Anaheim was tops in that specific category. As a matter of fact, the Ducks had a rating of 110.2, and held a huge +9.3 advantage over Nashville. The Ducks power play has left much to be desired in this series by going 3-21 (14.3%), but their penalty killing has been absolutely exceptional.

Nashville has gone a dismal 1-23 (4.3%) with their man advantage opportunities. It comes as no surprise to me, that the four top teams in the Western Conference pertaining to my special team ratings were Anaheim, St. Louis, Dallas, and San Jose. Three of the four have advanced already, and Anaheim could make it a perfect four team sweep with a win tonight. By the way, my chart also shows four of the top five teams in the Eastern Conference for this category have also advanced. “Numbers don’t lie and liars don’t figure”.

Frederik Anderson replaced John Gibson in goal beginning with Game 3 of this series. Anderson has been sensational since doing so, going 3-1 with an excellent .955 save percentage. Anderson allowed just 4 goals combined during those four starts. He’s also 12-4 in sixteen starts at home this season with a stellar .931 save percentage.

Pekka Rinne comes off arguably his best performance of the series in Game 6, turning aside 26 of 27 Ducks shots on goal during a 3-1 win. However, his 14-18 record in thirty-two road starts this season including an average at best .903 save percentage is less than inspiring. Despite his strong outing on Monday, Rinne has compiled just a .901 save percentage during six starts during this Western Conference Quarterfinal.I unequivocally like Anaheim to prevail at home tonight, and they’ll be one of my Wednesday NHL picks.

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Free NHL Pick: Anaheim -165 
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