Avalanche vs. Predators - 1/8/16 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Nashville Predators (19-14-7) at Colorado Avalanche (20-18-3)
NHL Hockey: Friday, January 8, 2016 at 9:00 pm (Pepsi Center)
The Line: Colorado Avalanche +100 / Nashville Predators -110 --- Over/Under: 5.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: FSSM, ALT
The Nashville Predators and Colorado Avalanche meet Friday night at the Pepsi Center.
The Nashville Predators look for consistency after splitting their last eight games. The Nashville Predators are averaging 2.6 goals per game and are scoring on 19.7 percent of their power plays. James Neal leads Nashville with 15 goals, Roman Josi has 21 assists and Shea Weber has 97 shots on goal. Defensively, the Nashville Predators are allowing 2.6 goals per game and are killing 76.3 percent of their power play chances. Pekka Rinne has allowed 83 goals on 897 shots faced and Carter Hutton has given up 15 goals on 143 shots. Rinne has allowed nine goals in his last three games.
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The Colorado Avalanche look to stay hot after winning eight of their last 12 games. The Colorado Avalanche are averaging 2.9 goals per game and are scoring on 21.3 percent of their power plays. Matt Duchene leads Colorado with 19 goals, Nathan MacKinnon has 20 assists and Jarome Iginla has 100 shots on goal. Defensively, the Colorado Avalanche are allowing 2.8 goals per game and are killing 79.5 percent of their power play chances. Semyon Varlamov has allowed 71 goals per game on 822 shots faced and Reto Berra has given up 29 goals on 374 shots. Varlamov has allowed eight goals in his last three games.
The Predators are 1-6 in their last 7 vs. Western Conference and 4-0 in their last 4 games following a loss of 3 or more goals. The Avalanche are 1-4 in their last 5 vs. a team with a losing record and 5-1 in their last 6 vs. Central. The Predators are 2-5 in the last 7 meetings in Colorado.
The Avalanche have been a roll the past couple of weeks and have beaten the Predators in three of the last four meetings. I'll gladly take the hotter team at home for the even money.