Predators vs. Avalanche - 4/5/16 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Colorado Avalanche (39-36-4) at Nashville Predators (39-26-14)
NHL Hockey: Tuesday, April 5, 2016 at 8:00 pm (Bridgestone Arena)
The Line: Nashville Predators / Colorado Avalanche --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: ALT2, FSSM
The Colorado Avalanche and Nashville Predators meet Tuesday night at the Bridgestone Arena.
The Colorado Avalanche could use a nice win after losing five of their last six games. The Colorado Avalanche are averaging 2.6 goals per game and are scoring on 18.7 percent of their power plays. Matt Duchene leads Colorado with 30 goals, Nathan MacKinnon has 31 assists and Gabriel Landeskog has 166 shots on goal. Defensively, the Colorado Avalanche are allowing 2.9 goals per game and are killing 81.4 percent of their power play chances. Semyon Varlamov has allowed 139 goals on 1,655 shots faced and Calvin Pickard has given up 39 goals on 509 shots. Varlamov has allowed nine goals in his last three games.
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The Nashville Predators also need a win in order to snap a four-game losing streak. The Nashville Predators are averaging 2.7 goals per game and are scoring on 19.4 percent of their power plays. Filip Forsberg leads Nashville with 31 goals, James Neal has 24 assists and Craig Smith has 194 shots on goal. Defensively, the Nashville Predators are allowing 2.6 goals per game and are killing 80.9 percent of their power play chances. Pekka Rinne has allowed 156 goals on 1,698 shots faced and Carter Hutton has given up 35 goals on 440 shots. Rinne has allowed 10 goals in his last three games.
The Avalanche are 4-1 in their last 5 road games and 1-5 in their last 6 overall. The Predators are 6-1 in their last 7 games playing on 2 days rest and 4-9 in their last 13 Tuesday games. The Avalanche are 4-9 in the last 13 meetings in Nashville and 4-1 in the last 5 meetings overall.
The Avalanche have to win this game in order to have any shot of remaining in the playoff race. In terms of what's on the line for Colorado, I'll side with them to win this game on the road.