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Carolina Hurricanes vs Nashville Predators 05/08/2021 NHL Predictions, Picks & Previews
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Carolina Hurricanes vs Nashville Predators 05/08/2021 – It’s down to the final regular-season series for the Carolina Hurricanes and the Nashville Predators. The latter is set to host the two-game faceoff at the Bridgestone Arena in what could be a make-or-break stage of their season. While the Hurricanes have successfully clinched the top seed in the Central Division, the Predators are still waiting for their official ticket to the playoffs. A win could seal it for Nashville and perhaps could put them in an advantageous position given that the two-game series may also serve as a virtual warm-up for the first-round postseason joust between the two teams. Top betting sportsbooks, though, still see the Hurricanes winning closely with a -141 moneyline price while the home team is pegged at +115. The match is scheduled to begin at 08:00 PM Eastern Time with a live broadcast on BSSO and NHL.TV.
Carolina Hurricanes vs Nashville Predators 05/08/2021
When: Saturday, May 8, 8:00 PM ET
Where: Bridgestone Arena, Nashville, Tennessee
Carolina Hurricanes vs Nashville Predators 05/08/2021 Betting Odds:
The Carolina Hurricanes suffered a hiccup last time around as they lost to the Chicago Blackhawks in OT, 2-1. The loss barely affected Carolina’s position, which is already fixed at the top in the Central Division. In substance, however, the defeat serves as a significant turn in the team’s preparation for the postseason. Heading over to Nashville to wrap up their impressive regular season, the margin for error for the Hurricanes is now set at the minimum, especially that the Predators are most likely to face them in the first round. On a more positive note, Carolina will try to bank on its offensive surge as it rides a 13-game points streak to tie a franchise record.
Players to watch: S. Aho RW (G 24 A 33 PTS 57), V. Trocheck C (G 17 A 26 PTS 43), A. Svechnikov RW (G 15 A 27 PTS 42).
The Predators had to play a handful of extended periods over their last games, and it’s apparent that it’s starting to take its toll on them. At this point of the season, everyone’s tired. But it’s no excuse for them to give up, not with the more crucial games still about to ensue, including the playoffs. Facing the Hurricanes means facing a usual tormentor for Nashville. In the six games both teams played against each other this season, not once did the Predators get to win. It’s obviously a tall order for coach John Hynes and his boys, but the team says they are ready for the challenge. According to Hynes, their main focus heading to Saturday’s game is to clinch a playoff spot first. From there, the ultimate blueprint to upset the Hurricanes will be drawn.
Players to watch: R. Josi D (G 8 A 25 PTS 33), F. Forsberg LW (G 12 A 19 PTS 31), C. Jarnkrok C (G 13 A 14 PTS 27).
Carolina Hurricanes vs Nashville Predators Betting Predictions
Carolina is 5-1 SU in their last 6 games.
Nashville is 4-2 SU in their last 6 games.
Hurricanes vs Predators Betting Picks
The sense of urgency from the Predators will earn them their first victory over the Hurricanes this season, and it could not come at a better time. It’s like hitting multiple birds with one stone for Nashville. Not only will they secure a playoff spot, but the confidence that they will earn will play a huge role in the team’s impending showdown against the same rivals come to the actual postseason war. With that said, the value of Nashville’s moneyline price in the NHL Picks and Odds should be a hot commodity among wagers.
Score Prediction: Hurricanes 1, Predators 3.