Games one of the series kicks off on Monday with the Hurricanes a huge favorite.
Las Vegas bookmakers have game one listed as:
Under 5.5 (-137)
The regular season concluded with The Hurricanes sporting a record of (36-12-8, 80 points) claimed the Central Division regular-season title, while the Predators (31-23-2, 64 points) needed a strong second part of the season along with some help from other teams just to get to a playoff birth.
Nashville are 4-1 SU in their last 5 games. Nashville are 3-13 SU in their last 16 games against Carolina. Nashville are 2-4 SU in their last 6 games on the road. Nashville are 1-7 SU in their last 8 games when playing on the road against Carolina. The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Nashville's last 6 games played on a Monday. The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Nashville's last 6 games when playing as the underdog. The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Carolina's last 7 games. The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Carolina's last 6 games against Nashville. Carolina are 6-1 SU in their last 7 games at home. Carolina are 7-1 SU in their last 8 games when playing at home against Nashville. The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Carolina's last 7 games against an opponent in the Central conference. The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Carolina's last 7 games against an opponent in the Central Division division.
Hurricanes at Predators: Projected starting goalies
James Reimer (15-5-2, 2.66 GAA, .906 SV%) vs. Juuse Saros (21-11-1, 2.28 GAA, .927 SV%, 3 SO)
Reimer is expected to make his first appearance since April 29, as he gives Alex Nedeljkovic and Petr Mrazek a breather before the playoffs start. Reimer won his most recent start allowing one goal on 17 shots in a 3-1 win over Detroit.
Saros was the winning goalie in the front end of this set, and he is now 1-2-0 with a 2.73 GAA and .917 SV% across his three starts and four appearances against the Hurricanes this season.
Prediction: Under 5.5
The Under is 6-1-1 across the past eight for Carolina against teams with a winning record, while going 5-2-2 in the past nine meetings in Nashville