|Written by Michael|
Bet on the NHLThe Predators are hoping that " Home Sweet Home " is more than just a sweet phrase as they head into game three of the NHL semi finals at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville. The drop of the puck is scheduled for 9:05ET. The game will be nationally televised courtesy of the CNBC cable network.
Things seemed bad enough for the Preds after dropping the first two games of this series in the desert, then word came out on Tuesday morning that two of their better forwards would be suspended for at least tonights contest. They will be without Andrei Kostitsyn and Alexander Radulov for breaking unspecified team rules. Word has it that the two may have been enjoying the Scottsdale nightlife a little bit too much when sighted at 4am.
In game one of this series on Friday night, Phoenix looked like a team ready to be beat, especially after Nashville's strong showing in the previous round against the Red Wings. The Coyotes led by one goal on three different occasions in that one, only to have the Predators come back and tie them each time.
In the third period, Nashville outshot Phoenix 16-1. Yet, with all that, Ray Whitney forced in the game winner at 14:04 of the overtime session giving the Coyotes an improbable 4-3 OT victory. What seemed just as improbable was the Coyotes outperforming the Preds again in game two on Sunday and emerging with a 5-3 victory in that one. Click here for more playoffs news, including the NHL and NBA.
Phoenix barraged Nashville netminder Pekka Rinne with 39 shots. Five different Coyotes each, got one past him. Even though Phoenix goalie Mike Smiths numbers have diminished somewhat from his remarkable quarter final series versus Chicago, he still has performed well and by far outperformed Rinne in these first two contests. Phoenix held onto home ice advantage over the weekend. Now it is up to Nashville to make sure the series returns to the desert next week.
The hockey betting oddsmakers seem to think the Predators will rebound by listing them at -$155, while you can bet the Coyotes at +$135. The over/under is 5 total goals on a $125/$100 moneyline.