Canes vs. Predators Game 3 Prediction
The Hurricanes will attempt to take a three-games-to-none lead on the Predators in the division semifinals on Friday night when the series shifts to Nashville at 7:00 p.m. ET. Will the Predators come up with an upset as a home dog?
043 Carolina Hurricanes (-144) at 044 Nashville Predators (+120); o/u 5
7:00 p.m. ET, Friday, May 21, 2021
Venue: Bridgestone Arena, Nashville, TN
Carolina Hurricanes DFS Spin
Alex Nedeljkovic turned aside 32 shots in Wednesday’s 3-0 win over the Nashville Predators in Game 2. Nedeljkovic had a really gutsy performance as his team only held a 1-0 lead until the final minute of the game. His best save of the night came five minutes into the third period when he flashed his glove and robbed Luke Kunin as he was cutting through the offensive zone. Nedeljkovic is just the second Hurricanes rookie goaltender to post a shutout in the playoffs after Cam Ward did it twice in 2006. The 25-year-old owns a 1.00 goals-against average and .964 save percentage through two games.
Nashville Predators DFS Spin
Juuse Saros allowed two goals in Wednesday's 3-0 loss to the Carolina Hurricanes in Game 2. Saros was beat by a one-timer on a power play by Sebastian Aho but otherwise had a performance that was deserving of a win. The 26-year-old made two amazing saves on Vincent Trochek in the opening period to keep his team's deficit at 1-0 but unfortunately they just couldn't beat opposing goaltender, Alex Nedeljkovic. With under 30 seconds left in the game and the game out of reach for Nashville, Warren Foegele banked a puck off of Ryan Ellis and into the back of the net. Saros owns a 3.05 goals-against average and .910 save percentage though two games.
Hurricanes vs. Predators NHL Prediction
The Hurricanes are 19-7 in their last 26 meetings with the Predators overall and are 6-2 in their last eight games in Nashville. They’re also 7-3 in their last 10 games overall, are 5-1 in their last six games coming off a win and are 22-5 in their last 27 playoff games as a favorite. On the other side, the Predators are 6-16 in their last 22 games versus a team with a winning percentage above .600, are 1-5 in their last six games played on Friday and are 0-4 in their last four playoff games as an underdog.
NHL PLAYOFF PREDICTION GAME 3: CAROLINA HURRICANES -144