Hockey betting handicappers think that the Ducks and Preds could very well end up going the full seven games in their opening round online hockey betting series matchup.
The Nashville Predators will host the Anaheim Ducks in game 4 of their Western Conference quarterfinals series on Wednesday night with a starting time of 8:30 PM ET. Be sure to open your Sports Gambling account for side and total action on this matchup.
Anaheim was 21-17-2-1 on the road this season with the hockey betting odds as they were 20-21 under the total away from home. The ongoing illness of goaltender Jonas Hiller has been a concern for the Ducks as he has been questionable or out for most of the past 2 months with severe fatigue issues.
As a result the Ducks have had to rely on offense to get by as they ranked 11th in the NHL for goal scoring. Right winger Corey Perry is a bona fide superstar with 50 goals and 48 assists while veteran Teemu Selanne can still light the lamp as he had 31 goals and 49 assists on the season.
Right winger Bobby Ryan had 34 goals to make the Ducks one of the most exciting offensive teams in the NHL. Ray Emery has emerged as the top goaltender with Hiller out and he had a nice 2.28 goals against average with a save percentage of .926.
Nashville was 24-9-5-3 at home and went over the total in just 15 of those 41 home games on the season. The Preds key asset with the hockey betting line is their defense that ranked 3rd for goals against. Pekka Rinne had a 2.12 goals against average and 33 wins on the season to emerge as one of the elite netminders in the game.
Nashville had paid out in 5 of their last 7 games against Anaheim and the series failed to stay under the total in the last 5 of those matchups. Anaheim has had their share of problems in Music City with just 6 wins in their last 20 visits. Just 5 of the last 19 games between these two teams in Nashville have gone over the hockey betting total.