The Stanley Cup Playoffs continue on Wednesday with four games spanning across each of the realigned divisions. Tonight’s Central Division matchup pits the Nashville Predators against the Carolina Hurricanes in Game 2 of their best-of-seven series. The first game went decisively to the home team on Monday night. The Hurricanes will look to hold serve on their home ice once again before the series shifts to the Music City. This NHL betting preview for the Predators vs Hurricanes NHL Playoffs matchup will provide game info, betting trends, odds and a prediction for Game 2 of this series.
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Predators vs Hurricanes Game Info
NHL Central Division Semifinals NHL Playoffs Game 2 (CAR leads 1-0)
Nashville Predators (64 pts, 31-23-2, 13-13-2 Away) vs. Carolina Hurricanes (80 pts, 36-12-2, 20-3-5 Home)
Date: Wednesday, May 19, 2021
Start Time: 8 p.m. EST
Venue: PNC Arena — Raleigh, NC
The Predators surprised many NHL betting analysts by even reaching the postseason in the first place. That being said, the Central Division has widely been viewed as a three-team horse race this year. Nashville may have qualified for the NHL Playoffs, but they finished a full 11 points back of the 3-seed Tampa Bay Lightning. Given the bevy of talent the Canes possess, goalie Juuse Saros will likely need to stand on his head if the Predators are to have a chance in this series. He did anything but in Game 1 on Monday, surrendering four goals on 37 shots. Filip Forsberg and Erik Haula were the two goal-scorers for Nashville.
For the Hurricanes, it was business as usual on Monday. Carolina has been virtually unbeatable at home this season. They edged out the Florida Panthers for the Central Division title and that home ice could prove vital as the NHL Playoffs advance. The Hurricanes are as deep as any team in the league and a legitimate NHL betting pick to hoist the Stanley Cup this year. Jordan Staal was brilliant in the Game 1 win with two goals. Goaltender Alex Nedeljkovic stopped all but two of the shots he faced, but he wasn’t overly busy. Needless to say, the Predators will need to generate more than 24 shots on goal if they are to make this a series.
Predators vs Hurricanes NHL Betting Odds
Moneyline: NAS: (+163) | CAR: (-190)
Puck Line: NAS: +1.5 (-165) | CAR: -1.5 (+138)
Total: 5.5 — Over: (+110) | Under: (-134)
Predators vs Hurricanes Betting Trends
- Predators are 9-1 SU in their last 10 games after scoring two goals or less in their previous game.
- Hurricanes are 6-1 SU in their last seven games after scoring five goals or more in their previous game.
- Hurricanes are 21-5 SU in their last 26 playoff games as an NHL betting favorite.
- Predators are 0-5 SU in their last five head-to-head matchups against the Hurricanes in Carolina.
- Under is 5-1-1 in the last seven Predators vs Hurricanes matchups.
Predators vs Hurricanes Prediction
This NHL prediction uses NumberFire’s probability model. They give Carolina a 63.7% chance to win Game 2 of this NHL Playoffs matchup.