NHL: Nashville vs Detroit
Team matchup: This will be 5th game between Nashville Predators and Detroit Red Wings. This is one of the closest and tough series in NHL. Both teams play same hockey, with strong discipline, strong goalies, strong defense and every mistake is crucial. First three games ended by 3-2. Last game by 3-1 and even that last goal was scored in last seconds of the game (PP by Nashville). Detroit is in must win situation and they have quality and talent to win this one. “We’ve got a lot of believe in here,” forward Henrik Zetterberg said after Thursday’s practice session at Joe Louis Arena. “We’re a good team. We just have to keep playing like we did last game and eventually we’re going to score. You can’t let it get to you.”
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Goalie matchup: Both teams have very good goalies and very good defense.
Key trends: Underdog is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings. Road team is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings. Red Wings are 7-2 in their last 9 games playing on 2 days rest. Predators are 9-20 in their last 29 games playing on 2 days rest. Reason for pick: Detroit has talent to win this game. They were one of the most dominating teams in whole NHL during the season. But they were unlucky before playoffs, because they have a lot of injured players. Right now most of the guys are back, especially the best (Datsyuk, Lidstrom,…). But of course playing playoffs is always tough and Nashville is very good team. Both teams play similar hockey and will be another hard working close game. And I think chances in this one are close to 50%. So nice value with odds 2.10 or more.
Bet: Detroit Red Wings -1.5 to win @ 2.24 with Pinnacle Sports