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Nashville Predators at Vancouver Canucks Game 1 odds, picks and predictions

The Nashville Predators And Vancouver Canucks meet Sunday in Game 1 of a best-of-7 Western Conference 1st round series. Puck drop from Rogers Arena is scheduled for 10:00 PM ET (ESPN). Below we analyze BetMGM Sportsbook lines around the Predators vs. Canucks chancesand make our expert NHL picks and predictions.

Nashville dropped its final game of the season with a 4-2 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins on Monday, while failing to cash in as a -102 underdog on the road. LW Filip Forsberg and C Gustav Nyquist each found the back of the net, while D Ryan McDonagh had 2 assists.

Vancouver also went on a two-game winning streak, dropping its final game of the season with a 4-2 loss to the Winnipeg Jets on Thursday. RW Conor Garland had a goal and an assist, and C Elias Lindholm also scored. The Canucks allowed two unanswered goals in the third period, which proved to be detrimental to them in the loss.

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Predators vs. Canucks Expectations

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  • Moneyline (ML): Predators +120 (bet $100 to win $120) | Canucks -145 (Bet $145 to win $100)
  • Puck Line (PL)/Against the Spread (ATS): Predators +1.5 (-210) | Canucks -1.5 (+170)
  • Top/Bottom (O/U): 5.5 (U: -120 | U: +100)

Canucks predators projected goalies

Juuse Saros (35-24-5, 2.86 GAA, 0.906 SV%, 3 SO) vs. Thatcher Demko (35-14-2, 2.45 GAA, 0.918 SV%, 5 SO)

Saros has been the top goaltender for the Predators this season and is tied with Dallas Stars G Jake Oettinger and Demko for the sixth-best record in the NHL. His SV% and GAA are both in the mid-20s, while his 3 SO ranks 11th. Nashville is 1-2 in his last 3 starts.

Demko was also among the best goalies in the NHL. He is tied for the 6th best record, his GAA and 5 SO are ranked 5th, and his .918 SV% is ranked third. The Canucks are 4-1 in his last 5 starts.

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Predators in Canucks picks and predictions

Prediction

Canucks 4, Predators 3

Moneyline

BET CANUCKS (-145).

The Canucks are 3-2 in their last five games and have one of the best records in the NHL this season. They are 27-9-5 at home this season, including 3-1 in their last 4 in Vancouver.

Nashville has dropped 6 of its last 10 games and allowed 4 goals in 3 of its last 4.

Puck line/against the spread

PASSAGE.

The risk level is much better on the Canucks spread.

Top/Bottom

BETTING ABOVE 5.5 (-120).

Nashville’s games have exceeded this number in 7 of the last 10 games, including 4 in a row. In two of the last three games it has scored five or more goals. It has also scored three or more goals while allowing three or more in seven of its last ten games.

Vancouver has scored the Over in 5 of the last 7 games and scored 3 or more goals in 7 of the last 9.

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