Game 3 Coyotes vs. Predators Prediction: Stanley Cup Qualifier Odds

Payton Matthews | Updated Aug 04, 2020

Predators, 2020

There was some speculation that the Predators would switch goaltenders in game two, but Juuse Saros got the call, and the win.

Nashville
35-26-5-3
AT
August 05, 2020, 2:30 PM ET
Rogers Place
Arizona
33-29-4-4
Puckline -1.5 +165
Moneyline -143
Over / Under o +5

69%

Betting Action

31%

Puckline +1.5 -198
Moneyline +122
Over / Under u +5

69%

Betting Action

31%

It’s a crucial Game 3 in the NHL’s Western Conference best-of-5 qualifying round playoff series on Wednesday afternoon from Edmonton as Nashville “visits” Arizona at 2:30 p.m. ET. The Predators opened as favourites on the NHL odds to take a 2-1 series lead.

Predators vs. Coyotes NHL Playoff Odds

West No. 11 seed Arizona will be the home team Wednesday vs. No. 6 Nashville. Why does that matter on the neutral ice of Edmonton? The Coyotes will get the last line change whenever play is stopped. Teams that win Game 3 after splitting the first two games in a best-of-5 NHL playoff series have an all-time series record of 21-7 (.750). One of these teams will be able to clinch the series Friday.

Nashville Predators

After dropping Game 1 by a score of 4-3 on Sunday, the Predators were 4-2 winners Tuesday (we predicted 3-2). There was some speculation that coach John Hynes would go with playoff veteran Pekka Rinne in net for Game 2 after Juuse Saros was just OK in the opener, but Saros got the call again and made 24 saves. Nick Bonino, Ryan Johansen, Calle Jarnkrok and Viktor Arvidsson (power play) all had their first goals of this series for Nashville. The game looked well over with the Preds up 4-0 with about six minutes left. They are now 31-4 all-time in postseason games in which they have held a lead through two periods.

Bonino now has 48 points in 96 career postseason appearances, the most career playoff experience among any player on the Nashville roster. He also has spent time with Anaheim, Vancouver and Pittsburgh. Johansen has 40 career playoff points in 49 games. The only player with more in Predators franchise history is Filip Forsberg with 46 points in 63 games. Forsberg didn’t score Tuesday (had two goals in Game 1) but was plus-2.

Arizona Coyotes

The Coyotes were looking for the first consecutive playoff wins since taking Games 4 and 5 of the Eastern Conference semifinals vs. Nashville in 2012. If there was a bright spot to Tuesday’s loss, it was that the team didn’t quit with Clayton Keller (second of series) and Lawson Crouse scoring in the final minute. The 10 seconds between goals was the fastest ever in franchise playoff history, beating the previous mark of 16 seconds on April 11, 1985 as the Winnipeg Jets.

The Coyotes looked flat at the start, though, getting outshot 14-5 and outscored 2-0 in the first period. Darcy Kuemper stopped 24 of 28 shots overall. Arizona was dominated in the faceoff circle, winning 21 of them compared to 42 for Nashville. The Coyotes were also 0-for-3 with the man advantage. Regular-season leading scorer Nick Schmaltz was out again with an undisclosed issue. Coyotes backup goalie Antti Raanta left the bench in the second period and the team said he was “unfit to play.”

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