Nashville Predators’ Alexandre Carrier, left, tries to stop Columbus Blue Jackets’ Cam Atkinson, center, from taking a shot against Nashville Predators’ Juuse Saros during the first period of an NHL hockey game Monday, May 3, 2021, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)
- The Nashville Predators visit the Columbus Blue Jackets on Wednesday, May 5th 2021
- The Preds have a four-point lead on the Stars for the final playoff spot in the Central Division
- Read below for the odds, game preview and betting pick
The Nashville Predators will look to cement their playoff hopes when they visit Nationwide Arena to take on the Columbus Blue Jackets on Wednesday, May 5th (4:00 PM EST). John Hynes’ team is listed as heavy favorites in the Predators vs Blue Jackets odds.
The Predators currently occupy the fourth playoff spot in the Central Division, while the Blue Jackets have officially been eliminated from contention. When these two teams played Monday, Nashville prevailed in a 4-3 OT thriller.
How should you bet on Wednesday’s rematch?
Predators vs Blue Jackets Odds – May 5th
|Team||Moneyline at DraftKings||Spread||Total|
|Nashville Predators||-175||-1.5 (+150)||O 5.5 (+120)|
|Columbus Blue Jackets||+148||+1.5 (-182)||U 5.5 (-143)|
Odds as of May 4th.
Predators Can Clinch Playoff Spot
Nashville can lock down the final playoff spot in the Central Division with one more regulation win and a Dallas loss. This means the Preds could be playoff bound if they defeat Columbus on Wednesday and the Stars lose to the powerhouse Tampa Bay Lightning.
If we win on Wednesday
and the St*rs lose
We could clinch a playoff berth pic.twitter.com/lxrKGfen4D
— Nashville Predators (@PredsNHL) May 4, 2021
Nashville has been on an impressive run of late, winning four of their past five games and scoring at least four goals in five of their last seven. They’re also getting otherworldly goaltending from Juuse Saros, who now owns a .928 save percentage in 33 starts this year.
The big news for Nashville is that star forward Filip Forsberg scored in Monday’s game after returning to the lineup on the weekend following a 17-game absence due to an upper-body injury. Forsberg is a two-time 30-goal scorer and provides a big boost to the team’s first line and top power-play unit.
Slumping Jackets Aim To Play Spoiler
Columbus won’t be playing in the 2021 Stanley Cup Playoffs, but they can still ruin the fun for the Predators. John Tortorella’s team gave the preds a scare Monday, rallying from a three-goal deficit to force overtime in an eventual 4-3 loss.
BEMMER HATTY 🧢🧢🧢
TIE GAME IN COLUMBUS pic.twitter.com/oOcZZKMtGY
— Columbus Blue Jackets (@BlueJacketsNHL) May 4, 2021
Emil Bemstrom scored a natural hat trick in the third period and Elvis Merzlikins turned in a strong performance with 34 saves. Despite the impressive comeback effort, Columbus is still a dismissal 1-8-3 in their past 12 games. The Blue Jackets have been held to a single goal in six of their past nine.
To make matter worse for Columbus’ betting value, sniper Patrik Laine got demoted to the fourth line to start Monday’s game. The Finnish superstar is clearly in Tortorella’s doghouse and has gone eight straight games without scoring a goal.
2021 NHL Playoff Odds Tracker
Predators vs Blue Jackets Best Bet
The Predators have everything to play for at this point of the season, while the Blue Jackets are just looking to make it to the finish line and shift their focus to next season. We saw the contrast in motivation levels Monday when the Preds jumped out to a 3-0 lead. Expect them to turn in a much more complete effort in the rematch.
Nashville has taken six of the last seven meetings and are the better team in almost every area. Columbus has made it close and covered the puckline in the last two meetings, but the Preds won’t be messing around Wednesday given what’s on the line.
Nashville has their leading forward scorer back healthy and own the better goalie in this game with red-hot Saros. Bet on the Preds getting the job done and cementing their playoff hopes with a commanding win over the Jackets on Thursday.
Pick: Predators ML (-175), Predators -1.5 (+150)
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