St. Louis to Sing the Blues After game Four as Total Reaches 'Over'

Dana Lane

Tuesday, May 2, 2017 5:29 PM UTC

Tuesday, May. 2, 2017 5:29 PM UTC

The Predators bounced back from a game two loss to suffocate the Blues in game three; NHL expert handicapper Dana Lane says expect more of the same from Nashville but with more offense.

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Smashville is ready for game four.

The Bridgestone Arena is officially sold out that means two things. One, the Predators may give up some early scoring chances because they’re trying to do too much in front of the home crowd in an effort to solidify their series lead or two, Nashville will open up a lead that will force St. Louis into desperate hockey late, either way both scenarios support an over play.

If you listen to on other platforms you know that I preach depth when handicapping regular season and postseason hockey, one of the main reasons I love the Penguins, but Nashville isn’t far behind with 13 different players finding the scoresheet.

That depth has allowed the Nashville Predators to score three or more goals in their last seven games. 

The Preds are finding consistent scoring because their blue line is getting pucks to the net and their 4th line has contributed. Cody McLeod, who came to the Preds after acquiring his right from Colorado, scored a goal allowing Nashville to show off their offensive capabilities in the second period. Nashville has been relentless throughout the playoffs, from scoring 13 goals in four games against Chicago to launching 34 shots on Jake Allen in game three. 

In addition to their blue line, the Predators controlled the puck for much of the night with a passing game that enabled Nashville to find some wide open looks 

If the Blues have any chance in this one they must get better in the faceoff circle, losing 24 of the 63 face-offs allowing the Predators to tilt the ice for much of the night, mostly because they're are losing too many draws in their defense end.

Tonight, look for the Predators to extend their series lead causing the Blues to get creative on the offensive end late in the game, leading us to cash another winning ticket.  Also, keep checking SBR's NHL Odds page throughout the day to take advantage of all the NHL’s best available lines. 

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