The Nashville Predators look to even the best-of-seven series when they visit the third-seeded Phoenix Coyotes tonight, Sunday April 29th, for Game 2 of the Western Conference semifinals The Coyotes went 2-1-1 against Nashville during the regular season series. NHL oddsmakers have installed the Predators as -125 moneyline road favorites over the Coyotes (+115) with the over/under set at 5 goals. Be sure to check the Nashville Predators vs Phoenix Coyotes Game 2 2012 NHL Playoff Odds before they drop the puck.
Nashville’s (4-2, 2-1 V) Martin Erat, Brandon Yip and Andrei Kostitsyn all had goals for the Predators, who took down the Detroit Red Wings in five games in the first round. Goalie Pekka Rinne gave up the four goals on 24 shots.
For most of Game 1, Phoenix dominated Nashville on faceoffs. Overall, the Predators lost 59 percent of their faceoffs. Paul Gaustad was the only Predators center with a positive percentage, at 69 percent. “The area we have to be a lot better on is faceoffs,” Predators Coach Barry Trotz said. “We ended up losing the game on a faceoff.’’
The Predators need to improve on the powerplay after they tallied only their third power play goal in the playoffs. The Predators are now 3-of-27 with the man-advantage in six games. They were 1-for-5 in Game 1 against the Coyotes.
Phoenix (5-2, 2-2 H) opened this series with a thrilling overtime victory in Game 1. Ray Whitney scored the winner at the 14:04 mark of the extra session to lift the Pacific Division champions to a 4-3 victory. Rostislav Klesla had a goal and an assist while Radim Vrbata and Mikkel Boedker each had a goal for the Coyotes. Goalie Mike Smith made 39 saves in the win.
Phoenix has yielded game-tying goals in the final five minutes of the third period in four games this postseason. The Coyotes have won three of those tests in overtime with the lone setback coming in Game 2 of the first-round series against Chicago.
To remain competitive against the Predators and have a chance to snatch a 2-0 series lead, the Coyotes will need more than stellar goaltending from Mike Smith. They need timely offense, and who better to deliver that than the Prime Line of Ray Whitney, Martin Hanzal and Radim Vrbata. The top trio for the Coyotes combined for two goals in Game 1 of the Western Conference semifinals, and that type of production needs to become another one of those constants for the team to survive the depth of the Predators.
The Bottom Line: could be another overyime thriller with Mike Smith standing on his head again. Go Yotes! Want to dominate the books this season with some of the best NHL Picks Experts in the business? Then sign up right now and get NHL Picks Free!
Recent Trends to Consider:
Over is 6-1 in the last 7 meetings in Phoenix.
Over is 4-1-2 in the last 7 meetings.
Road team is 6-1 in the last 7 meetings.
Predators are 10-1 in their last 11 Sunday games.
Predators are 7-1 in their last 8 games as a road favorite of -110 to -150.
Predators are 4-1 in their last 5 road games.
Predators are 4-1 in their last 5 playoff games as a favorite of -110 to -150.
Predators are 4-1 in their last 5 road games vs. a team with a winning home record.
Coyotes are 4-0 in their last 4 games as an underdog.
Coyotes are 4-0 in their last 4 playoff games as an underdog.
Coyotes are 10-2 in their last 12 overall.
Coyotes are 10-2 in their last 12 vs. Western Conference.
Coyotes are 4-1 in their last 5 vs. Central.
Coyotes are 4-1 in their last 5 vs. a team with a winning record.
Nashville Predators vs Phoenix Coyotes
When: Sunday, April 29th@8:00 PM EST
Pick: Predators -125
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