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Colorado Avalanche vs Nashville Predators 12/17/22 NHL Picks, Predictions, Odds

Nashville Predators (12-12-4) vs. Colorado Avalanche (15-11-2)
December 17, 2022 9:00 pm EDT
The Line: Colorado Avalanche -200 / Nashville Predators +160; Over/Under: +6
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The Nashville Predators and the Colorado Avalanche meet in NHL action from the Ball Arena on Saturday night.

The Nashville Predators will try to snap a five-game losing skid after a 2-1 OT loss to Winnipeg last time out. Filip Forsberg has a team-high 25 points with 9 goals and 16 assists while Mikael Granlund has 19 points with his own 15 assists and Matt Duchene has 22 points with 16 assists on the year. Roman Josi has 23 points with 17 assists and Nino Niederreiter’s also chipped in a team-high 10 goals while Ryan Johansen has 8 goals as well on the year. Juuse Saros has gone 9-8-4 with a 2.88 GAA and a .910 save percentage between the pipes for Nashville while Kevin Lankinen is 3-4 with a 2.64 GAA and a .925 save percentage.

The Colorado Avalanche will hope to bounce back from a 4-2 loss to Buffalo in their last game. Mikko Rantanen leads the Avs in scoring with 37 points including a team-high 20 goals and 17 assists while Nathan MacKinnon has 34 points with a team-high 26 assists, but continues to miss time due to injury. Cale Makar has 26 points with 20 assists as well this season. Alexandar Georgiev is 11-6-2 with a 2.67 GAA and a .918 save percentage while Pavel Francouz is 4-5 with a 2.80 GAA and a .913 save percentage between the pipes for Colorado this season.

Nashville is 1-4 in their last 5 games played on 1 days rest and 0-5 in their last 5 games overall while the under is 6-1-1 in their last 8 Saturday games. Colorado is 83-37 in their last 120 games overall and 14-5 in their last 19 games against the Central division while the under is 5-0 in their last 5 home games.

I get the case to be made either way here, but I’m on the under. I just don’t know where the scoring is going to come from with Nashville healthy but having issues finding the back of the net as a team, while Colorado is missing a lot of top-end talent in their lineup. Give me the under in a first to 3 wins kind of game.

Chris Ruffolo's Free Pick: Under 6

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