By Greg Dempson
Each team has been able to win on home ice and the Predators must continue that scenario in order to force a game 7 back at “The Shark Tank.”
It’ m belief that goaltending will be the key to my selection for this evening as Pekka Rinne certainly came through in the Anaheim series, stopping 62 of 64 shots in the final two wins.
Rinne was solid between the pipes in Nashville’s two home victories vs. the Sharks with 26 saves in Tuesday’s 4-1 victory in Game 3 and 44 stops in Thursday’s 4-3 overtime thriller. San Jose has been on the wrong end of the scoreboard at Bridgestone Arena going 1–8 in their last nine contests. In this elimination game I expect a tighter checking contest with goals to be at a minimum.
No Power Play Power
· Nashville is 4 out of 44 on the power play (9.1%,) with the man advantage in the postseason.
· San Jose’s power play is 7 for 17 on home ice in the post season but it is a different story when they’re away from home as the Sharks are 3 for 21 on the road including 1 for 9 in their two losses in Nashville.
· After losing two out of their last three games on the season the Sharks are +34.80-units of profit when playing the under.
· Nashville is 1–7 to the under this season after allowing 5 or more goals in their last game.
· From game 42 out and when the over/under is 5 goals or less, play road teams that have a goalie with a save percentage of 91.5% or better to stay under the total, when playing against a goalie with a save percentage between 89.5% to 91.5%. This system has produced +32.70-units of profit the past five seasons.
My Every Edge Game of the Night for this evening is for the Sharks/Predators to stay under at 5 goals –105.