Nashville Predators vs. Colorado Avalanche - 4/14/18 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Colorado Avalanche (43-31-9) at Nashville Predators (54-18-11)
NHL Hockey: Saturday, April 14, 2018 at 3:00 pm (Bridgestone Arena)
The Line: Nashville Predators -385 / Colorado Avalanche +270 --- Over/Under: 5.5 See the Latest Odds
The Colorado Avalanche and Nashville Predators meet Saturday in game two of the NHL Western Conference First Round Playoffs at the Bridgestone Arena.
The Colorado Avalanche look to tie up this series at 1-1 before heading home for game three on Monday. The Colorado Avalanche are averaging 3.1 goals per game and are scoring on 22 percent of their power play opportunities. Blake Comeau leads Colorado with one goal, Carl Soderberg has one assist and Nathan MacKinnon has three shots on goal. Defensively, the Colorado Avalanche are allowing 2.9 goals per game and are killing 83.3 percent of their opponents power plays. Jonathan Bernier has allowed four goals on 30 shots. The Colorado Avalanche have allowed three or more goals in five of their last eight games.
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The Nashville Predators hope to take a commanding 2-0 series lead with another victory here. The Nashville Predators are averaging 3.2 goals per game and are scoring on 21.2 percent of their power play opportunities. Filip Forsberg leads Nashville with two goals, Ryan Johansen has two assists and Austin Watson has two shots on goal. Defensively, the Nashville Predators are allowing 2.5 goals per game and are killing 81.9 percent of their opponents power plays. Pekka Rinne has given up two goals on 27 shots faced. The Nashville Predators have allowed three or less goals in six of their last seven games.
The Avalanche are 7-3 in their last 10 Saturday games, 16-50 in their last 66 road games and 1-4 in their last 5 overall. The Predators are 7-0 in their last 7 Conference Quarterfinals games, 46-18 in their last 64 home games and 49-22 in their last 71 overall. The Avalanche are 7-21 in the last 28 meetings in Nashville, 19-39 in the last 58 meetings and the over is 20-8-2 in the last 30 meetings.
The Colorado Avalanche continu to stink up the joint on the road, and their game one loss was nothing different, as they lost by three goals despite winning the faceoff battle and having a similar number of shots. The Nashville Predators remain possibly the toughest team to beat at home in the playoffs, and this is another year of them getting off to fast starts in the first round of the playoffs. I'm not stepping in front of the Nashville Predators right now. Give me the home team by two or more goals, as it adds value to the bet and avoids the crazy juice.