NHL Playoffs Game 3: St. Louis Blues vs. Nashville Predators – May 2, 2017

St. Louis Blues

It’s round two of the National Hockey League playoffs, and the St. Louis Blues are set to take on the Nashville Predators. The Predators lead the series 2-1 with wins in Game 1 and Game 3. The Blues won their home game on Friday in Game 2. The Blues downed the Minnesota Wild in 5 games in the opening round of the postseason.

The Nashville Predators have been red hot this postseason. The Predators are 6-1, with their lone loss coming in Game 2. The Predators upset the Chicago Blackhawks in a four-game sweep in the opening round. The Nashville Predators are -165 over the St. Louis Blues on Tuesday in the second round.

Nashville Looking to Move One Win Away

The Nashville Predators are looking to move one win away from the Western Conference Finals. The Predators would face either the Anaheim Ducks or the Edmonton Oilers in the next round. Nashville finished with 2.9 goals per game and allowed 2.7 goals per game. The Predators finished fourth in the Central Division, behind the Blackhawks, Wild and Blues.

Ryan Johansen was the leading scorer for the Predators this season. The center scored 14 goals but led the way with 47 assists in 2016-2017. P.K. Subban was the lead man in Game 1 with three points. The defenseman is who many call the team leader for the Predators during their postseason run.

Blues Seeking to Even it Up

The St. Louis Blues are looking to even the series up at 2 games each. The Blues are led by head coach Mike Yeo, who took over for Ken Hitchcock. The Blues struggled to have a chance to score in the loss on Sunday. The lone goal for the Blues was from Alexander Steen. St. Louis in their game 2 win saw their leading scorer Alexander Tarasenko score two goals. Tarasenko led the team recording 75 points in the regular season.

Jake Allen was fantastic in the series against Minnesota. The defense for the Blues finished strong, allowing 2.6 goals per game. This is much of the same Blues team that reached the Western Conference Finals a season ago. The Blues have recorded 426 points in the regular season over the last four years.

Blues Even Series

Jake Allen and the St. Louis Blues know they have to go on the road and win this game to have a chance of winning the series. If the Blues this game, they will have to win three in a row, including a Game 6 on the road. Look for Allen and the Blues defense to be sharp in this game, and come away with the win in Game 4.

The Nashville Predators defense has been excellent. The defense has helped them score in most of their goals in this series. The Blues are going to limit that, and score on Pekka Rinne. The final bet for Game 4 of the second round in the National Hockey League is the St. Louis Blues +130 over the Nashville Predators on Tuesday.