Predators vs. Hurricanes Prediction
The Predators and Hurricanes open their divisional round semifinals series on Monday night in Carolina at 8:00 p.m. ET. With ‘Canes listed as large home favorites and the total sitting at 5 goals, what’s the best play in this Game 1 matchup?
003 Nashville Predators (+161) at 004 Carolina Hurricanes (-185); o/u 5
8:00 p.m. ET, Monday, May 17, 2021
Venue: PNC Arena, Raleigh, NC
Nashville Predators DFS Spin
Pekka Rinne turned aside all 30 shots he faced during Monday's 5-0 win over the Carolina Hurricanes. This was a special moment for the Predators legend, as this could've been his final regular season game for the team. Not only did he play well in this game, he was able to record the 60th shutout of his career in the process. The fans gave Rinne a great ovation when he skated onto the ice after the game as the first star. He has a 10-12-1 record with a 2.84 goals-against-average and a .907 save percentage in 2021. He had a rough year, but there's no denying that his career has been rock-solid.
Carolina Hurricanes DFS Spin
Petr Mrazek allowed five goals on 27 shots during Monday's 5-0 loss to the Nashville Predators. This game didn't mean anything in the standings, but it's not the way Mrazek wanted to perform heading into a playoff series against these same Predators. The 29-year-old only played in 12 games this year due to injury, but he could salvage his campaign if he gets an opportunity to play (well) in the postseason. He finishes the year with a 6-2-3 record, a 2.06 goals-against-average and a .923 save percentage.
Predators vs. Hurricanes NHL Prediction
The under is 5-0-1 in the last six meetings between these two teams and is 4-0-1 in the last five meetings in Carolina. The under is also 5-1 in the Predators’ last six games as an underdog and is 4-0 in their last four games as a road underdog. On the other side, the under is 4-0 in the Hurricanes’ last four playoff games as a favorite and is 12-4-2 in their last 18 games as a home favorite.
NHL PREDICTION: PREDATORS/HURRICANES GAME 1 UNDER 5