Game 1 Coyotes vs. Predators Prediction: Stanley Cup Qualifier Odds

Payton Matthews | Sun. Aug 02 2020, 01:08 pm

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The Predators are the -150 favourites to win this series versus the Coyotes and the favoured result is Nashville in five games at +276 at Sports Interaction.

Arizona
33-29-4-4
AT
August 02, 2020, 2:00 PM ET
Rogers Place
Nashville
35-26-5-3
Puckline +1.5 -255
Moneyline +120
Over / Under o +5

27%

Betting Action

73%

Puckline -1.5 +215
Moneyline -140
Over / Under u +5

27%

Betting Action

73%

Five games on the NHL restart schedule Sunday and the first with a 2 p.m. ET puck drop from a neutral site in Edmonton is Game 1 of a best-of-5 qualifying-round playoff series between the Western Conference fifth-seeded Nashville Predators and No. 11 Arizona Coyotes. The Preds are favored on the hockey odds for this game and the series.

Coyotes vs. Predators Betting Analysis

Arizona (74 points) wouldn’t have been in the playoffs had it been the typical eight team per conference format, while Nashville (78 points) would have been the West’s final Wild-Card team. The Preds moved up a few spots, though, when the NHL seeded by points percentage from the regular season because teams played a different amount of total games before the shutdown.

The Predators at -150 to win this series and the favoured result is Nashville in five games at +276. Arizona is +109 to win the series and the long-shot result is Coyotes in a sweep at +703.

Arizona Coyotes

The Coyotes (plus-8) actually had a better goal differential during the regular season than the Predators (minus-2) did. The teams split two meetings. Rather strangely, Coyotes GM John Chayka terminated his contract with the club right before it was to leave for the Edmonton bubble. Chayka orchestrated the mid-season trade for ex-Hart Trophy winner Taylor Hall. He had 10 goals and 17 assists in 35 games since coming over from New Jersey. Arizona hadn’t made the playoffs since 2012 but has a few players who have won a Cup with other teams, mainly Niklas Hjalmarsson and Phil Kessel. Darcy Kuemper was one of the better goalies in the NHL this season before going down injured in mid-December and missing two months. He’s fully healthy now. Arizona is 4-12 in its past 16 as an underdog.

Nashville Predators

The Preds have one of the best defensive duos in the NHL in Roman Josi (a Norris Trophy finalist but probably won’t win it as Washington’s John Carlson should) and Ryan Ellis, and they used to have one of the top goaltenders on the planet in former Vezina Trophy winner Pekka Rinne (18-14-4, 3.17 GAA, .895 SV), but he has been outplayed this season by Juuse Saros (17-12-4, 2.70 GAA, .914 SV). That’s the big question for Coach John Hynes, who was hired mid-season to replaced the fired Peter Laviolette: Who starts in net? Could they rotate? Both played once vs. Arizona this season, with Rinne winning his start and Saros losing his. Meanwhile, Nashville’s top line of Ryan Johansen, Filip Forsberg and Viktor Arvidsson played together just 124:19 of 5-on-5 time this season due to injuries, etc., but could be reunited in the post-season. Nashville is 5-2 in its past seven as a favourite.

Who Will Win Coyotes vs. Predators?

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