The first round of the NHL playoffs gives us a lot of interesting meetings, among them the Central division match stands out, "Carolina" will host "Nashville"on its site. The first game of these teams will take place on May 18 at 03: 00 Moscow time. Our portal offers you its forecast for the outcome of this meeting.
We saw a great season in the performance of "Carolina", the team really looks powerful, and the leaders of the attack in almost every match break the defensive ranks of the opponents. The Hurricanes finished the championship in first place in the Central division, with the best defensive line. A good balance between young and fast offensive players, and a nimble defense at Carolina, but a little lacking in experience. Having secured the first place, the Hurricanes simply finished the season, allowing the leaders to rest, which resulted in a series of defeats, but in the playoffs everything will be different.
The Nashville players completely failed at the start of the season and were at the bottom of the standings for a long time. Only the incredible form in the end allowed the team to be one of the last to jump into the playoffs. It is impossible to single out any of the lines in the team separately, there were both bright bursts and prolonged failure segments everywhere. Most of the questions are about the goal line, where both Finnish goalkeepers were not very reliable throughout the season. The Predators finished the championship on a positive note, beating Carolina twice at home.
Injuries and disqualifications:
Carolina - McGinn (upper body injury), Puckett (upper body injury).
Nashville-Sbisa (lower body injury), Arvidsson (lower body injury), Borowiecki (lower body injury).
Statistics and figures
- The last match between these teams ended in a 5-0 victory for Nashville.
- "Carolina" managed to win only twice in their last five matches.
- Nashville has a good run of two consecutive wins.
The clear favorite in this confrontation looks like "Carolina", which has a more stellar and well-played squad. "Nashville" this season did not have stability and reliability at their gates, which can play a joke with the team in the playoffs. I think the hosts will win the first game without any problems.