Game 4 Predators vs. Coyotes Prediction: Stanley Cup Qualifier Odds

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No. 11 seed Arizona can advance in the playoffs for the first time since reaching the 2012 conference finals with a win on Friday afternoon.

Nashville
35-26-5-3
AT
August 07, 2020, 2:30 PM ET
Rogers Place
Arizona
33-29-4-4
Puckline -1.5 +185
Moneyline -132
Over / Under o +5.5

56%

Betting Action

44%

Puckline +1.5 -225
Moneyline +112
Over / Under u +5.5

56%

Betting Action

44%

The season is over for the Nashville Predators if they don’t win Game 4 of their best-of-5 Western Conference qualifying round playoff series in Toronto on Friday (2:30 p.m. ET) against the Arizona Coyotes. The Predators are short favourites on the NHL odds.

Predators vs. Coyotes NHL Playoffs Odds

One thing has been consistent in this series: The winning team has scored four goals in each, and there hasn’t been overtime yet. No. 11 seed Arizona can advance in the playoffs for the first time since reaching the 2012 conference finals – which was the last time the team played extra hockey. No. 6 Nashville looks to avoid a second straight first-round exit, which probably would mean some significant off-season changes.

Game 5 would be Sunday. Arizona is a -234 favourite to win the series with Nashville at +164. That it ends Friday is +105 while in Game 5 -147. The under is 12-4 in the past 16 meetings.

Nashville Predators

The Preds were beaten 4-1 on Wednesday as the “road” team for the first time in this series, but it wasn’t as if Nashville was dominated. It outshot Arizona 40-28 and had a 33-28 edge in faceoffs won. Viktor Arvidsson had his second goal of the series for the Predators. They thought they had a 2-1 lead early in the third on a Kyle Turris goal, but it was called back following a successful coach’s challenge for offside. Turris also hit the post later in the third.

Teams aren’t going to win in the postseason very often when allowing four goals these days, so this writer believes there is a good chance that Nashville coach John Hynes makes a change in net Friday from Juuse Saros to former Vezina Trophy winner Pekka Rinne. Saros was very good in Game 2 but not so much in Games 1 & 3 – although the fourth goal Wednesday was on an empty-net.

Arizona Coyotes

The Coyotes took control of Wednesday’s game in the third period with goals by Conor Garland, Taylor Hall and Carl Soderberg (empty-net), their first each of the series. Christian Dvorak had given Arizona a 1-0 lead at 5:09 of the first with his second goal of the series and on his team’s first shot of the game. Both clubs were very disciplined in Game 3 with just three penalties each. Arizona was 1-for-2 with the man-advantage and Nashville 0-for-1. Coyotes regular-season leading scorer Nick Schmaltz has yet to play in the series due to an undisclosed injury.

Arizona defenceman and captain Oliver Ekman-Larsson went to the locker room after being hit by the Predators’ Austin Watson at 6:28 of the second, but Ekman-Larsson was able to return. Darcy Kuemper had 39 saves and was the No. 1 star. He made 19 saves in the opening period to set a Coyotes/Jets franchise record for most in any postseason period. Winger Vinnie Hinostroza was scratched the first two games of the series but played 10:07 in Game 3 and was plus-1. The Coyotes/Jets franchise won its only other best-of-5 series when leading 2-1 and that was in 1985 vs. Calgary.

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