Nashville Predators NHL Playoffs: Can They Come Back?

Nashville Predators NHL Playoffs: Can They Come Back?
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The opening round of the NHL Playoffs has been downright frightful for fans and players of the Nashville Predators, who find themselves staring down a 3-1 series deficit against the Vancouver Canucks ahead of tonight’s Game 5 in Western Canada.  

The Predators, who finished the regular season with 99 points and 47 wins, have yet to figure out a way to stymie the Canucks’ offensive attack, giving up 11 goals in five games and failing to capitalize on the two games played at Bridgestone Arena.  

Now, Nashville enters Tuesday’s Game 5 facing +100 odds of extending the series to six games on Bet365 Tennessee, with a +1.5 spread on tonight’s action in British Columbia and an over/under of 5.5.  

With the Predators down 3-1 against the Vancouver Canucks in the NHL Playoffs. Using and our Tennessee sports betting state of mind, wanted to see how often an NHL team wins a playoff series when they’re down by that margin. Using the results of those teams in the first round of the past 5 years of playoffs, we found that 4 teams out of 15 teams ended up winning when down 3-1 initially.  

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NHL Teams Down 3-1

Won Series Lost Series
27% 73%

Can Predators Flip NHL Playoffs 3-1 Series Script?

To say that Nashville faces an uphill climb to get back into their first-round series against Vancouver would be quite the understatement, given how little success teams that fall into a 3-1 series hole have faced over the years.  

According to Champs or Chumps, only 27% of teams that lost three of their first four games in a given series came back to advance, which speaks to the long road ahead for the franchise, beginning with Tuesday’s Game 5 in BC.  

As Nashville looks to advance past the conference quarterfinals for the first time since 2018, it’s worth keeping an eye on how first-year head coach Andrew Brunette gets his team to respond in the face of adversity, beginning with tonight’s Game 5 in front of what’s sure to be a hostile crowd in Vancouver.  

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Christopher Boan writes for and has been covering sports and sports betting for more than seven years, with experience at, the Tucson Weekly and the Green Valley News.