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Avalanche vs. Predators - 3/5/16 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Nashville Predators (32-21-12) at Colorado Avalanche (33-29-4)

NHL Hockey: Saturday, March 5, 2016 at 3:00 pm (Pepsi Center)

The Line: Colorado Avalanche +118 / Nashville Predators -130 --- Over/Under: 5.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: FSSM, ALT

The Nashville Predators and Colorado Avalanche meet Saturday afternoon at the Pepsi Center.

The Nashville Predators look to stay hot after winning six of their last eight games. The Nashville Predators are averaging 2.7 goals per game and are scoring on 20.5 percent of their power plays. Filip Forsberg leads Nashville with 27 goals, James Neal has 17 assists and Shea Weber has 145 shots on goal. Defensively, the Nashville Predators are allowing 2.5 goals per game and are killing 78.5 percent of their power play chances. Pekka Rinne has allowed 130 goals on 1,424 shots faced and Carter Hutton has given up 24 goals on 308 shots. Rinne has allowed eight goals in his last three games.

Avalanche vs. Predators - 3/5/16 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Colorado Avalanche look for consistency after splitting their last 12 games. The Colorado Avalanche are averaging 2.7 goals per game and are scoring on 19.5 percent of their power plays. Matt Duchene leads Colorado with 27 goals, Nathan MacKinnon has 28 assists and Jarome Iginla has 145 shots on goal. Defensively, the Colorado Avalanche are allowing 2.9 goals per game and are killing 80.8 percent of their power play chances. Semyon Varlamov has allowed 113 goals on 1,288 shots faced and Calvin Pickard has given up 33 goals on 419 shots. Varlamov has allowed 11 goals in his last three games.

The Predators are 4-0 in their last 4 road games and 8-3 in their last 11 vs. Western Conference. The Avalanche are 2-5 in their last 7 games following a win and 0-4 in their last 4 vs. Central. The Predators are 2-6 in the last 8 meetings in Colorado and 1-4 in the last 5 meetings overall.

The Avalanche have gotten the better of the Predators as of late. So, while Nashville is playing the better hockey at the moment, there's value with the home team and plus money. 

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Colorado Avalanche +118

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