Panthers vs. Predators (9 April)

Cheetahs vs. Predators Odds

cheetahs odds -135
predatory odds +110
Above under 6.5
time 6 p.m. Eastern time
television ESPN +
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Nashville, Florida, hosts the deadly National Hockey League championship on Saturday, looking to keep pushing for a surprising playoff berth outside of the Western Conference. The Panthers have continued to allow a lot of goals against them lately and they will face what has been a surprisingly strong attack in Nashville.

So, can predators manage another large output on domestic ice? Let’s see where we can find the bet value for this match.

Florida Panthers

Throughout the season, the Panthers have played in high-scoring, high-event games and we’ve only seen an overall swell since adding Aaron Ekblad to the injured reserve list.

In the nine games since Ekblad’s injury, the Panthers have played an absurd average of 8.75 goals per game. Analytically, they play in the top event competitions over this time frame, generating 4.13 xGF per 60 minutes versus 3.19 xGA/60 minutes for a participation of 56.48 xG.

However, the Panthers played a lot of soft competition in this period, and the only opponent in the final was Toronto. The Maple Leafs picked up three points from those competitions, to lead the overall score by 11-9.

I feel defensively the play has looked shaky lately and this might be a better place to come up against a more capable offensive unit.

Spencer Knight will start the goal in the return leg of the consecutive set. Knight was someone I thought would dominate a rookie, but average marks with -0.1 goal saved above the expected rating with 904% saved in 28 matches.

Nashville Predators

Wins in four of the last five competitions put the Predators on the cusp of booking a somewhat surprising playoff berth outside of the Central Division on a very strong mark at home 11-22-0.

Roman Jose led the way for what has been a surprisingly productive offensive club. The captain scored a ridiculous 87 points in 68 games from the back end, and he’s right there with Cal Makar in the Norris Trophy.

The Predators have been hot lately, averaging 4.2 goals per game over their last five games. Analytically speaking, Nashville has produced a successful par in that time as well, creating the xG/60 minute mark of 3.43 this season.

Matt Duchenne, Ryan Johansen and Mikael Granlund have enjoyed a relaxing season and helped the team to exceed expectations in that regard. Rookie Tanner Ginot was a huge part of the overachiever too, plus Filip Forsberg’s continued excellence was also a huge factor.

At this point, the Predators have simply proven to have a more effective offensive combination than expected and are ranked 10th in offensive production (3.30) through 70 matches.

For me, that might be a quietly good place to continue that strong play, as Florida has been creating a lot of chances lately and has also dealt with shaky scoring.

Goalkeeper Juuse Saros will start the opening match. It has an excellent +24.2 GSAx rating with .921 % savings over 51 games played.

cheetahs vs predators

Florida hasn’t really defended very well since Eckblad’s injury and I think with how this spot is set up we can see it once again allowing for a high offensive production for Nashville.

This is a much more important contest for predators, who are desperately looking to reserve an extension berth. I don’t like to buy a lot of stimulus corners, but this could definitely be a place where Nashville is more willing to play a full 60 minutes with some new legs.

Knight posted some below average games and it’s easy to imagine the predators coming out with a high level of urgency and making life difficult for leopards.

However, we clearly know that keeping Florida with three goals or less has proven to be a very difficult process and chances are that they still manage a reasonable output in this competition. So, two angles I love here are about Nashville’s potential big output and a top-scoring game.

I like the Predators claiming two points at +110 odds, plus I’m in favor of a total of seven goals at +100 and feel like we’re likely to see movement there.

The Nashville team total would be another interesting option, so I’ll keep an eye on those streaks and look for a relatively high number on the slight underdog for a 3.5 pass.

picking Predators ML (+110) | Total more than 7 goals (+110 – play up to +100)

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