Nashville Predators will host Carolina Hurricanes in the NHL 2021-22 preseason on Saturday afternoon. The hosts entered a winning streak, and they want to keep up where they left off. The away side goes to this game after two straight losses, and they will look forward to breaking that poor run.
Nashville Predators enjoy a good preseason, as they are currently at a 3-1-1 record, and they already beat the Hurricanes after overtime. They aim for a positive start to the regular season, and the home side wants to maintain the confidence at a high level. On the other hand, Carolina Hurricanes haven’t played many prep matches, as they celebrated once and lost two games. The away side hasn’t been playing well lately, and they want to change their fortune.
Nashville Predators – Can they maintain the preseason form?
The Predators booked a playoffs ticket last time in the very finish of the regular season campaign, as they celebrated four times in the final five rounds. They finished fourth in the Central Division, being four points ahead of Dallas Stars. A 31-23-2 record was enough for Nashville to enter the post-season, but they didn’t go too far. Carolina Hurricanes stopped them at the first step on their way to the Stanley Cup finals in a six-match tie.
Nashville Predators are one of the best preseason teams so far, and they want to continue their winning streak. Ryan Johansen and Matt Duchene logged a goal and an assist each in their latest winning effort, while Philip Tomasino scored a winning goal in overtime. On the other hand, the Predators allowed 43 shots to their opponents but were pretty decent in defense. Juuse Saros saved 40 rival attempts and was the MVP of the game thanks to a .952 save percentage for the full time spent on the ice.
Expected Line-Up: Juuse Saros, Roman Josi, Philippe Myers, Filip Forsberg, Ryan Johansen, Eeli Tolvanen
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Carolina Hurricanes – Will they have another good regular season?
The Hurricanes had a solid NHL 2020-21 campaign, as they topped the Central Division after the regular season. They had a 36-12-8 record and remained at first place despite losing three times in a row. Carolina faced the Predators in the first playoffs round and allowed only two wins to their opponents. However, they couldn’t go further than the second post-season round, as the defending champions Tampa Bay Lightning stopped them in a five-game tie.
Carolina heads to this game with a 1-1-1 record, and they lost their latest clash against Nashville. Antti Raanta allowed three goals from 34 opponent shots and had a .912 save percentage. On the other hand, the Hurricanes created a lot of chances but scored just twice from 42 attempts. Steven Lorentz and Jesper Fast found the back of the net while C.J. Smith and Ian Cole assisted their teammates.
Expected Line-Up: Antti Raanta, Ethan Bear, Ian Cole, Jesper Fast, C.J. Smith, Steven Lorentz
Expert Pick #1 – Nashville Predators to win ML @+155
The Predators already managed to beat their upcoming rivals on the road, and they search for another victory in a row. They will have the advantage of playing in front of the home crowd, and since they have been excellent in the preseason so far, I can see them winning again. I’ll take Nashville as my first pick.
Expert Pick #2 – Under 6 @-139
The Hurricanes went Under in two of their three preseason matches, and I expect to see another game without too many goals. Therefore, I’ll take the Under as my second bet, hoping that these two teams won’t produce more than six goals in the regular time.
Expert Pick #3 – Predators & Under 6 @+270
For those who want to combine for higher odds, the third pick could be a good choice. Although this pick is a bit riskier, it could bring us nice payouts. Therefore, I’ll take the Predators to win and Under as my third tip.