Canucks vs Predators Picks and Prediction – 4/26/2024

By: David Anicetti |

Last Updated: 04/25/2024 at 1:32 PM ET

Vancouver Canucks at Nashville Predators 04/26/24 - NHL Picks & Predictions
Game Start: 4/26/2024, 11:30 PM UTC
Latest Odds: NSH -115 ; O/U 5.5

The Vancouver Canucks visit the Nashville Predators on Friday for Game 3 of their NHL Western Conference quarterfinals best of seven series. The series is tied at 1-1 after Nashville defeated Vancouver 4-1 in Game 2. Vancouver opened the series with a 4-2 victory in Game 1. Nikita Zadorov scored Vancouver's only goal in its 4-1 loss to the Predators in Game 2. Make sure you stay up to date with all the NHL action, with our expert NHL picks.

Through the first two games of the postseason, Dakota Joshua is the leading goal scorer for Vancouver with two and is also the leader in points with three. Quinn Hughes has two assists to lead Vancouver and is tied for second in points with Nikita Zadorov at two. Vancouver's points and goal scoring leaders during the regular season have not produced thus far in the series. Casey DeSmith is 0-1 with a 3.05 goals against average and .800 save percentage.

Nashville's three-goal victory in Game 2 gave the Predators home ice advantage, as they won one of the first two played on the road. Filip Forsberg scored a goal and added one assist in Nashville's victory over Vancouver. Nashville goalie Juuse Saros stopped 17 of the 18 shots faced in goal. The Predators took advantage of the absence of Vancouver’s No. 1 goalie Thatcher Demko due to an undisclosed injury.

Through the first two games of the postseason, Nashville has six players with one goal apiece, including Filip Forsberg, who also has two assists which is tied for the lead in assists with Gustav Nyqvist. Forsberg is the leader in points with three, while three others have two points each. In goal, Juuse Saros is 1-1 with a 2.01 goals against average and .895 save percentage.

Our Free NHL Pick for Nashville Predators vs Vancouver Canucks

Vancouver will be playing without its No. 1 goalie Thatcher Demko, who missed Game 1 with an undisclosed injury and will not play for at least a week. Nashville has won 14 of its last 19 versus an opponent from the Western Conference and eight of the last nine versus an opponent from the Pacific Division. Nashville's blueline has kept Vancouver's leading goal scorers from the regular season in check and will do so again on Friday. Final Score Prediction, Nashville Predators win 3-1.

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