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Betting Red Wings Predators – Red Wings Face Elimination Heading To Game Five In Nashville

Posted by Don Melrose on 4/18/2012 3:32:57 PM

The Detroit Red Wings have been a model franchise in the NHL for years now. Unfortunately for Detroit hockey fans, the Nashville Predators have taken notice of how they do business. The Red Wings head to Nashville for game five of the best-of-seven series Friday on the brink of elimination, facing a three-games-to-one deficit after dropping both of their sports bet contests on home ice. Predators’ goaltender Pekka Rinne made 40 saves to help his team earn a 3-1 win in game four, and finding ways to get the puck past him in game five will be among the biggest keys for Detroit if it is going to keep its playoff hopes alive.

Detroit Red Wings @ Nashville Predators
Friday April 20, 2012 – 8:00 PM ET
Bridgestone Arena, Nashville, Tennessee
NHL Sportsbook Line: Detroit Red Wings

Rinne has been the story of the series so far with his brilliant play, which included making 17 of his 40 saves in the second period of Tuesday’s 3-1 win to hold down the fort when Detroit was all over the Predators for most of the frame. The Red Wings have done a decent job of getting pressure to the net in front of him and creating chances, but now they have to do a better job finishing when they get the opportunities.

Betting Red Wings Predators Preview: Detroit Red Wings

The Red Wings had several quality scoring chances that didn’t go their way in game four, including a Jiri Hudler goal post only moments before Kevin Klein made it 2-1. The problem has not been a lack of chances, but rather the killer instinct to score when given those chances, and that is why they are now facing the hole they are in. Detroit won the faceoff battle 45-33, and out-hit the Predators 28-20 in game four, but its powerplay went just 1-for-7 and the Red Wings simply didn’t get enough pucks past Rinne throughout the game.

Betting Red Wings Predators Preview: Nashville Predators

While Nashville hasn’t been the better team in every facet of the game, the Predators have done a better job of executing when the opportunities are there, with a cast of unlikely characters playing big roles at the offensive end. Gabriel Bourque opened the scoring in game four with his third of the series and leads Nashville in playoff goals through four games, while Klein’s game-winner was his second of the series following a beauty goal in game three to seal it.

Betting Red Wings Predators Preview: Outlook & Pick

The Predators’ have shown some offensive depth in this series, but in the end the difference has been Rinne winning the goaltending matchup against Jimmy Howard. Rinne has allowed an average of two goals per game in the series, with a .942 save percentage on 138 shots to give Nashville a chance in every sports betting contest, and he is one more big performance away from getting the Predators in to the conference semi-finals.

Betting Red Wings Predators Pick: Nashville Predators

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