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    NHL Playoff Picks Today: Western Conference Finals Game 5

    NHL Playoff Picks Today: Western Conference Finals Game 5

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    The 3-2 OT win by Anaheim in Game 4 was exciting to say the least, but you know had the Ducks blown that one they would have been kicking themselves the rest of the series (and likely all summer). Instead they've got new life with things tied up and would love to gain the upper hand for the first time in this series with a win in Game 5.

    NHL bettors that prefer to subscribe to the "zig-zag" theory have loved this Western Conference Finals so far as we've yet to see a team win twice in a row. Nashville fans are hoping that pattern stays in place for Game 5, but from the outside looking in you can't help but feel this team is starting to play on borrowed time as a #8 seed. Seemingly their best offense comes when they blatently run goalie John Gibson (running goalies even worked for them on defense in Game 3) and the physicality that Anaheim brings each and every shift is starting to wear these Predators down. 

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    Although no team has won twice in a row yet in this series, that will change in Game 5. Historically, NHL teams in the Conference Finals that are at home in Game 5 and looking for their first series lead have gone 5-2 SU. That's the spot the Ducks are in tonight, and while they haven always been sharp at home in these playoffs, the Ducks have always played there best when they needed to during this playoff run and Game 5 will be no different.

    The insertion of D Kevin Bieksa back on the blueline for Game 4 paid some great dividends as Anaheim was able to further batter and bruise a quicker Predators team for the majority of the contest. Penalty trouble late is what cost them to blow that lead in the 3rd period, but discipline should be much better for the Ducks at home, given how important a Game 5 victory is. Add in the fact that the refs have no doubt been hearing complaints about Nashville's crease-crashing tendencies throughout this series, and it could even be the Ducks that get more opportunities to capitalize on the power-play.

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