Carolina Hurricanes vs. Nashville Predators Game 6 Prediction, Playoff Odds

Jordan Ramsay | Updated May 26, 2021

It was Jordan Staal's turn to be the hero in Game 5, as the 'Canes captain score the game-winner just over two minutes into overtime. 

Carolina
36-12-6-2
AT
May 27, 2021, 9:30 PM ET
Bridgestone Arena
Nashville
31-23-2
Puckline -1.5 +175
Moneyline -156
Over / Under o +5.5

65%

Betting Action

35%

Puckline +1.5 -210
Moneyline +130
Over / Under u +5.5

65%

Betting Action

35%

For the third straight game, the Carolina Hurricanes and Nashville Predators needed more than 60 minutes to declare a winner in Game 5 on Tuesday.  After a 3-2 OT win, Carolina is up 3-2 in this best-of-seven.  The series shifts to Nashville for Game 6 on Thursday, with the Predators trying to stay alive and force a Game 7.

The Hurricanes are -146 favourites to win Game 6 on the NHL odds, with a total of 6.5.

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Home ice has made a huge difference when these teams play each other this year, as the home team has won 11 straight games, dating back to March 9.  Sports Interaction bettors seem to think that streak is about to end, with 79 per cent of early bets favouring the visiting Hurricanes.  The Over has hit three times in this playoff series.

Carolina hasn’t been great outside of their own building over the last little while.  They’ve dropped six of their last seven road games and four of their last five games in Nashville.  The Preds have been dangerous at home, winning five straight games at Bridgestone Arena.

Carolina Hurricanes

With two chances to end this series, you’ve got to think Carolina is solely focused on ending it on Thursday.  Jordan Staal‘s fourth goal of the playoffs, and second playoff OT goal of his career, ended Game 5.  Martin Necas had the other two Hurricanes’ goals.  Alex Nedeljkovic made 23 saves for his third career playoff win.  Nedeljkovic has been solid in this series, posting a 2.10 goals-against average.  The rookie goalie has given the Predators problems all year, as he went 2-1 against them in the regular season, with a 1.64 GAA.  Carolina also had some good news on the injury-front before Game 5.  Defenceman Jaccob Slavin returned to the lineup after missing the last three games with a lower-body injury.  Slavin had the primary assist on the second Necas goal, adding two hits, one blocked shot and logging a game-high 26:08 of ice time.

Teams that win Game 5 after a 2-2 tie, are 213-58 (78.5 per cent) winning a best-of-seven NHL playoff series.

Nashville Predators

On the brink of elimination, Nashville is coming home at the right time in this series that has seen the home team win each game.  Juuse Saros has given the Predators a chance to win every game, but his 34 saves weren’t enough on Tuesday.  Saros has posted a 2.53 GAA in this series and he thrives at home.  During the regular season, Saros was 15-3 at Bridgestone Arena with a 1.86 GAA.  He was 1-2 with a 2.73 GAA against the Hurricanes in the regular season.  Yakov Trenin had both Nashville goals in Game 5, breaking an 11-game goalless drought.  Keep an eye on the injury report leading up to this game.  Viktor Arvidsson has missed three straight games and eight of the last 10.  The forward, who had 10 goals in the regular season, is dealing with a lower-body injury and listed as day-to-day.  He’ll likely be a game-time decision on Thursday.

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