Predators Worth a Shot as Large Plus Money Dog

Nashville Predators players in action

Dana Lane

Saturday, April 15, 2017 4:11 PM GMT

Saturday, Apr. 15, 2017 4:11 PM GMT

Until the Blackhawks can stop their recent losing streak champion handicapper Dana Lane says the underdog Predators are worth a shot.

Nashville Predators vs Chicago Blackhawks 

I try not to give the same plays on the ‘Puckheads’ show as I do on my write-ups so that doesn’t leave much to work with but I’ve identified one spot I’m willing to take a shot with. 

The Nashville Predators lead the best of 7 series 1-0 with a hard fought 1-0 victory in game one. With the loss, the Blackhawks have now dropped five straight games a period stretching out over two weeks. The streak has enticed me to back the Predators until Chicago can show they are over their two-week slide.

Losing the first game of a series isn’t a brand new concept for a Joe Quenneville coached the team but losing five straight including a playoff game is out of character. I need to see the Hawk’s put that behind them before I start backing them with any confidence. Even with more confidence, I wouldn’t have an interest in laying -170 to -180 in some spots.

I still think that Pekka Rinne has much to prove when it comes to postseason success but for game one Rinne resembled the net-minder he was two seasons ago, pitching a road shutout. He’ll need some offensive help to collect his second win but I’m confident that will come. In game one, period one, it was the Predators who looked to be the faster of the two teams. I also thought head coach Peter Laviolette had his team better prepared.

I’ve never been big on Pekka Rinne but facts are what they are. Rinne hasn’t allowed four goals since March 13th against Winnipeg, a game the Predators won. In fact, Rinne really hasn’t played a poor game since February 21st, where he allowed four goals in 25 minutes, against Calgary. His last 10 starts produced 1.80 goals against and a .936 save percentage. 

 

Free NHL Pick: Predators +165Best Line Offered: at Bovada

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