The NHL playoffs continue with Game 4 of the Western conference finals on Thursday May 18th to the satisfaction of pro hockey bettors worldwide. It is the Nashville Predators at home to the Anaheim Ducks at 8PM Eastern Time on NBC Sports Network.
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The current odds available for wagering at Oddsmaker, where the bonuses are the best in the business has the home side Nashville Predators favored by -160 odds with the return on the underdog Anaheim Ducks at +140 odds. The goal over under odds is lined at 5.
Nashville has the 2-1 series lead entering this home game. They earned a 2-1 home victory to the Ducks in Game 3. Despite having a huge shot on goal advantage on Anaheim is was a 1-1 tie in the closing minutes of the game. At 17:17 of the third period Anaheim goalie John Gibson gave up a rebound then lost sight of the puck. Predators Roman Josi on the power play took advantage of an open net and fired a shot into the Ducks net for the 2-1 victory. Anaheim has talented scoring lines but may be denied of a Stanley Cup because they have the weakest of the final four goalies remaining in the playoffs. Gibson has a goal against average of 2.74 in the post season. The Anaheim Ducks power play was executing poorly in the playoffs as they were 0 of 20 entering Game 2 until the streak was broken. They converted a power play chance in Game 3 as Corey Perry scored with assists to Rikard Rakell and Sami Vatanen. The Ducks 1-0 lead at 15:35 of the second period held until the Predators tied the game with a goal by Filip Forsberg at 3:54. Nashville goaltender Pekka Rinne has been outstanding in the playoffs and is the best remaining goalie in the playoffs with a goal against average of 1.58. Nashville is undefeated on home ice in the playoffs. Filip Forsberg has scored a goal in each game of the Western conference finals. He was held to just one goal in the St Louis series in the second round which went six games.