Colorado Avalanche vs. Nashville Predators - 10/4/13
Nashville Predators (0-0-0) at Colorado Avalanche (1-0-0)
NHL Hockey: Friday, October 4, 2013 at 9:00 pm (Pepsi Center)
The Line: Colorado Avalanche -136 / Nashville Predators +124 --- Over/Under: 5.5 See the Latest Odds
The Nashville Predators play their second game in as many nights as they head to Colorado to take on the Avalanche who are coming off a convincing opening night victory over the Anaheim Ducks.
The Predators were one of the league’s bigger disappointments last season as they missed the playoffs entirely just a year removed from losing in the Western Conference finals and now are going through the process of rebuilding. The Preds went into St. Louis last night and gave the Blues all they could handle but ultimately dropped a 4-2 decision setting up an early season grudge match with the Avalanche. While these two teams don’t have much in terms of history or hostility, tonight marks the beginning of what could grow into a nasty feud between the Avalanche and Predators defenseman Seth Jones. Jones grew up in Denver during the days of his father Popeye’s playing days with the Nuggets and is a big time Avalanche fan and it looked as though the stars were going to align with the AVs taking Jones with the first overall pick. Instead, the Avs picked Jones’ rival Nathan Mackinnon with the pick and Jones slipped all the way down to the 4th pick where Nashville happily scooped him up. While it may take some time for this to grow and it could very well amount to nothing it is an intriguing storyline nonetheless.
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Colorado started the season at home against the Ducks and absolutely wallpapered them by a count of 6-1, a game they completely dominated and looked like a playoff contender. The Avs looked brilliant in the offensive zone and the aforementioned Mackinnon notched two assists in his NHL debut that was one to remember for Mackinnon, as well as Patrick Roy who made his NHL coaching debut behind the bench. While the outing is overshadowed by a tirade from Roy and members of the Ducks bench, Colorado has to be happy with the way they played to open the season and now they host the Preds who are coming off a tough loss last night against the Blues in St. Louis. However, I need to see some consistency from the Avalance before I can start to back them on a regular basis and with all things considered with this matchup I think Jones and his teammates will do everything in their power to make sure Mackinnon and the AVs offense stays quiet. For that reason I think this game stays under the number as I foresee a 3-1 type contest fabricating here.