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NHL Playoff Predictions: Ducks vs Predators Game 3

NHL Playoff Predictions: Ducks vs Predators Game 3
Tied at one win apiece, Anaheim and Nashville are in Music City USA for match 3 of their NHL Western Conference Final fight tonight. The Predators won Game 1 in OT and the Ducks stormed back to claim Game 2. Puck drop, from what will be a delirious Bridgestone Arena, is slated for 8:00 PM ET on May 16, 2017.

NHL Western Conference Finals Game 2 Review

Mentioning this series is a “fight” is not an exaggeration as these two teams battered and bruised each other during two highly entertaining contests at the Duck Pond in Disneyland. The style of play has added some extra “bad blood” into the mix as Anaheim and Nashville look like they really do dislike each other. The Preds let a golden opportunity slip away as they were up 2-0 8:32 into Game 2 but the Ducks tuned the tide when they scored with one minute left in the first period.

My Team's Next MatchAnaheim Ducks

Anaheim tied it up at the 0:39 mark of the second period but Nashville went up 3-2 seven minutes later. From there, the Ducks did all the lamp-lighting as they took a 4-3 lead into the third frame and scored into an empty net late to tie the series. Predators netminder Pekka Rinne, who has been solid during most of the postseason, was shaky as he allowed four goals on just 26 shots. After allowing a goal on the first shot he faced, John Gibson settled down and stopped 30 of 33 shots.

2017 Stanley Cup Western Conference Final TV Schedule & Results 

Anaheim Ducks (Pacific Division #1 Seed) vs. Nashville Predators (West Wild Card #2 Seed)

Anaheim Ducks vs Nashville Predators Game 3 Preview and Prediction

Doing what they had to do, the Ducks escaped SoCal with a split – despite being outplayed for the majority of the first two contests. Anaheim was outshot by a 79-55 margin during the two duels in Disneyland. Through it all, the Ducks are in better shape than they were a year ago as the SoCal Crew lost the first two matches at home during their NHL playoff series a year ago. Ryan Getzlaf and Crew know they can win in Nashville as they dominated games 3 and 4 in the series last year.

For their part, Nashville returns home to play the first ever Western Conference Final match in Music City. Now into their 19 NHL season, the Predators did not make the “Frozen Four” during any of their previous nine postseason appearances. The Preds know the Ducks will soar into the Bridgestone Arena loaded with confidence as Anaheim posted 3-0 and 4-1 victories during the 2016 playoffs. Nashville has not dropped back-to-back games in the playoffs as they followed 3-2 and 2-1 losses vs St. Louis with a pair of 3-1 wins. The Preds return to the loudest rink in the NHL.

155 Units Nashville (-155) Money Line Wager Bodog

Controlling any need for greed, we backed the Anaheim money line in Game 2 and that was the right move – until the Ducks potted their empty net goal. We are 2-0 during this series and feel we have a pretty good handle on the West Final. Not the thick chalk Anaheim sported during the first two contests, Bodog bookmakers have posted Nashville with (-155) straight up odds and a -1.5 (+195) puck line while the game total remains unchanged at five goals with -135 OVER and +115 UNDER prices. Up 200 units, through the first two fights, we are backing the Predators with a 155 unit wager on the (-155) ML posted on the National Hockey League Bodog betting board.

Results / FixturesNHL

2017 NHL Futures Update: Odds To Win The Stanley Cup

Far from easy, the Penguins 1-0 win at home during Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals has shaken up the Canada Sports Betting Stanley Cup futures board again. With Pittsburgh tying their series at 1-1 heading to Ottawa, the Pens top chalk price dropped from (+210) to a (-150) NHL title line. Thanks to brick wall style defense, the Senators almost had a Steel City sweep. However, after losing 1-0 on Sunday, the Canadian Crew’s Champion odds went from (+300) to a (+500) line.

Western Conference Final and Stanley Cup prices are moving close to EVEN as Nashville’s West Final odds went from a per-series (-147) line to their current (-133) money line. During the last 24 hours, the Predators Cup winning price gained a little value (+225 to +250) while the Ducks lost almost half of their (+500) money line as Anaheim is now third favorites with (+300) NHL title odds. We are still confident with our predictions of the Pens and Preds winning their series in six games.

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Fire on Ice action has heated up substantially, thanks to the East and West series both being tied at 1-1, and top ranked CSB online sportsbooks continue to offer a hockey sock full of wagering options. In addition to series futures, the puck betting experts listed below post LIVE betting lines during every game as well as a plethora of team and player props. It is a fantastic time to be a sports wager junkie as the 2017 NBA Playoffs have moved to the Conference Final stage and those matchups feature the Celtics vs Cavaliers and Spurs vs Warriors. Fantastic baseball betting is also available as the “feeling out” process is starting to fade with the MLB regular season is inching toward the quarter-pole. Get it all by registering an account, funding your bankroll and collecting a first deposit bonus at any of the wagering websites in the CSB Top Five bookmakers table below.

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