Carolina Hurricanes vs. Nashville Predators Game 4 Prediction, Playoff Odds

Jordan Ramsay | Updated May 22, 2021

Matt Duchene was the overtime hero on Friday, scoring his first goal of the playoffs just over five minutes into the second OT period. Nashville now trails Carolina 2-1 in the best-of-seven series.

Carolina
36-12-6-2
AT
May 23, 2021, 2:30 PM ET
Bridgestone Arena
Nashville
31-23-2
Puckline -1.5 +168
Moneyline -147
Over / Under o +5.5

83%

Betting Action

17%

Puckline +1.5 -202
Moneyline +122
Over / Under u +5.5

83%

Betting Action

17%

It took a couple of extra periods, but the Nashville Predators picked up their first win of the series at home with a 5-4 overtime victory in Game 3 on Friday.  The Preds still trail the Carolina Hurricanes 2-1 in the series, but they’re riding some momentum heading into Game 4 on Sunday.

Carolina is a -138 road favourite to win on the NHL odds with a total of 5.5.

Hurricanes vs. Predators Stanley Cups Odds

The Hurricanes’ Game 3 loss hasn’t deterred Sports Interaction bettors, with 87 per cent of early action is favouring the ‘Canes.  Those bettors could be in for a surprise though, as the home team has won nine straight games between these teams.  The loss dropped Carolina to 1-5 straight up over their last five road games, while Nashville improved to 8-1 SU over their last nine home games.

This series has been higher scoring than usual for these teams.  Friday’s nine-goal total was the second of three games in this series to hit the Over.  Prior to Game 1, the total had gone Under in six straight games and nine of the last 10 between these teams. The favourite is 8-3 in the last 11 games.

Carolina Hurricanes

Carolina is hoping Game 3 was just a stumble along the way of a long playoff run.  There were certainly positives to take from the loss.  The Hurricanes were getting opportunities, firing 56 shots on net, but they ran into a hot goalie.  Carolina’s own goalie was almost as hot though, as Alex Nedeljkovic made 49 saves.

Sebastian Aho had a goal and two assists for the ‘Canes on Friday, while Jordan Staal, Vincent Trocheck and Brett Pesce also found the back of the net.  Carolina converted on one of three power plays and managed to kill off six of seven penalties.  There’s still no word on the availability of defenceman Jaccob Slavin.  The 27-year-old is dealing with a lower-body injury and hasn’t played since Game 1.  Maxime Lajoiere replaced Slavin in the lineup for Game 3, logging 16:54 of ice time in his playoff debut.

Teams with a 2-1 lead in a best-of-seven playoff series are 362-154 (.702) in NHL history, including 12-1 in last year’s playoffs.

Nashville Predators

The Predators picked up a much needed win at home and are back in this series.  Matt Duchene was the overtime hero, scoring his first goal of the playoffs just over five minutes into the second OT period.  It was a statement goal for Duchene, as he and Ryan Johansen (who had the tying goal) were both taken off the power play for Game 3 after being regular fixtures throughout the season.  Nashville’s power play has struggled against Carolina, going 1-for-17 in the series.  Ryan Ellis, Filip Forsberg and Mikael Granlund had the other goals for the Preds.

Juuse Saros made 52 saves for his second career playoff win, tying the franchise record for most saves in a playoff game (Dan Ellis, 2-1 OT loss to Detroit in Game 5 of the 2008 Western Conference Quarterfinals).  Nashville has never trailed 3-0 in a playoff series, but they’ve lost all five previous series’ in which they trailed 2-0.  They’ve trailed 2-1 in a best-of-seven 10 times in franchise history and eventually lost each series.

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