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NHL Playoffs - Predators at Ducks

NHL playoffs excitement returns as the 2011 Stanley Cup Playoffs begin and include an outstanding lineup of Western Conference matchups.
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NHL playoffs betting will include the pairing of the Anaheim Ducks and Nashville Predators in a series that could be one of the most even and balanced in the 2011 hockey playoffs.

The Anaheim Ducks will host the Nashville Predators in game one of the Western Conference quarterfinals on Wednesday night with a starting time of 10:30 PM ET.  Open your Sports Gambling account now and have it ready for action on this game and the rest of the Stanley Cup Playoffs that will run through mid - June.

The surprising Nashville Predators had a fine regular season and finished 44-27-7-4 with the hockey betting odds.  Nashville was 20-18-2-1 on the road and went over the total in just 12 of their 41 away games.

Defense is the strength of the Predators as they finished 3rd in the NHL for goals against.  Offense however is another matter and ultimately what will likely prevent Nashville from hoisting Lord Stanley’s Cup in June as they ranked 22nd in the NHL for goal scoring.

The Preds will enter the post season in good form with 7 wins in their last 10 games.  Goaltender Pekka Rinne had a 2.12 goals against average with 6 shut outs and 33 wins on the season.

Anaheim finished with a record of 47-30-3-2 with the hockey betting line and was a strong 26-13-1-1 as a host.  The Ducks offense came to life down the stretch in the run for the playoffs as Anaheim finished 11th for goals scored in the NHL.

Defense is the big concern for the Ducks as they ranked 20th for goals against as goaltender Jonas Hiller has been battling illnesses throughout the second half of the season and is questionable.

Nashville has won 4 out of the last 5 meetings in this head to head series with none of the last 3 games between these two teams going under the total.  The Predators have had long term problems at Anaheim however with just 5 payouts in their last 19 games at Honda Center.

Heading into this NHL playoffs series the Ducks and Preds went over the total just once in their last 4 matchups at Anaheim.