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Carolina Hurricanes v Nashville Predators - Game Four
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Predators vs Hurricanes NHL Game Information

Nashville Predators (31-23-2) vs. Carolina Hurricanes (36-12-8) — Series tied 2-2
Date: Tuesday, May 25
Time: 8:00 PM ET
Venue: PNC Arena
TV Coverage: CNBC, R360

Preds vs Hurricanes Moneyline, Spread, Total, and Odds

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Moneyline: Predators +152 | Hurricanes -180
Spread: Predators +1.5 (-184) | Hurricanes -1.5 (+154) 
Total: 5.5 — Over (+110) | Under (-134)
Odds to Win Series: Predators +184 | Hurricanes -230
Odds to Win Stanley Cup: Predators +4100 | Hurricanes +950

Nashville Predators vs Carolina Hurricanes News and Notes

The Predators and Hurricanes head to Game 5 after a wild weekend as rowdy as any whiskey-infused, honky-tonk, saloon bouncing bender in Nashville. As the series shifts back to Carolina, the Preds and Canes will try and shake off any hangover after back-to-back double-overtime binge marathons.  While fans on both sides may be saying, "bartender may I have another?", both teams will have to figure how to fight any fatigue playing ten periods of hockey over two days can have. 

The Predators breathed life into the series on Friday when Matt Duchene decided last call was 15 minutes into double overtime. Duchene fired the 54th Preds' shot of the night past Alex Nedeljkovic for his first goal of the postseason, wrapping Nashville's first win of these playoffs. 

Like Nedeljkovic, Juuse Saros faced a shot total north of 50. The Predators goalie kept Nashville in it by making a ridiculous 52 saves on the night to tie the franchise playoff record. Saros kept the paddle party going into Sunday with multiple stick saves along with every other type of stop a goaltender can make.

Once again, the Canes came out storming, looking to gain a 3-1 series lead on Saros on the pesky Predators. Instead, the netminder was peppered more than a pub-fare Nashville Hot Chicken sandwich but stopped a new franchise record 58 of 61 Carolina shots. This time, Luke Kunin raised a glass for the Predators. The 23-year-old cheered his goaltender by getting him the win 16 minutes into the second overtime with his second goal of the night. 

After the smoke cleared from the two-day rager, Saros had re-written record books. Not only did he set a pair of franchise playoff marks in Game 3 and 4 individually, but Juuse became just the second goalie in NHL history to make 50 or more saves in consecutive postseason games. More importantly, he led the Predators to a series tie en route to Carolina after being in an 0-2 hole.

The Canes hope the home trend can continue and their overshadowed goalie can keep up his strong play. Despite Saros getting the headlines, Nedeljkovic has been steady with a 2.13 goals-against average over the four games. Carolina's rookie netminder posted his first career playoff shutout in Game 2 by making 32 saves. The 25-year-old allowed just two goals in the first two home games of the series.

Carolina may have to try and regain control of the series without Jacob Slavin. The +22 plus/minus defenseman has missed the last three games with a lower-body injury and is questionable for Game 5.  The Predators had a key player of their own out as Viktor Arvidsson missed the two games in Nashville with an upper-body injury sustained in Game 2. Arvidsson, a former two-time 30-goal scorer, is day-to-day.

Nashville has just two wins in their past 12 trips to Carolina, while the home team is 10-1 in the past 11 head-to-heads. The under is 5-1-1 in their past seven meetings and 5-1-1 on Canes home ice. Carolina has only one victory in six games overall when playing on one day's rest, while the Preds are 0-4 overall as a road dog.

Predators vs Hurricanes Prediction and Picks

  • Predators moneyline (+130),
  • Under 5.5 (-142)
  • Filip Forsberg Over 0.5 Points (-120)

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