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Colorado Avalanche vs. Nashville Predators - 4/22/18 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Nashville Predators (56-20-11) at Colorado Avalanche (45-33-9)
Date & Time Sunday April 22, 2018, 3:33 PM (EDT)
The Line
The Line: Colorado Avalanche +140 / Nashville Predators -186 --- Over/Under: 5.5
TV Channel
NBCS
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NHL | Nashville Predators (56-20-11) at Colorado Avalanche (45-33-9)
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The Pepsi Center and the Colorado Avalanche host the Nashville Predators in game six of the first round of the NHL playoffs.N

The Nashville Predators lead the best of seven series 3-2 and have their second chance at closing this series out and moving on the semifinals of the NHL postseason. Nashville could have eliminated Colorado on Friday but couldn’t hold a late lead in a 2-1 loss in game five.

The game was scoreless until 10:18 of the third period when Nick Bonino lit he lamp for the Predators off of assists from Mattias Ekholm and Austin Watson. The Avalanche scored the equalizer at the 15:49 and the game appeared destined for overtime.

However, with 1:28 remaining in regulation Sven Andrighetto found the back of the net for Colorado to keep the season alive. Andrew Hammond came up with a monster 44 saves to pick up the win for the Avalanche while Pekka Rinne absorbed the loss with two goals allowed on 27 shots.

Predators are 9-2 in their last 11 Conference Quarterfinals games and under is 8-2-1 in Predators last 11 when their opponent scores 2 goals or less in their previous game and Predators are 8-2 in their last 10 when their opponent allows 2 goals or less in their previous game. Avalanche are 0-5 in their last 5 games following a win and over is 9-1-2 in Avalanche last 12 Sunday games and over is 7-1 in Avalanche last 8 home games vs. a team with a road winning % of greater than .600. Predators are 7-1 in the last 8 meetings in Colorado and Predators are 14-3 in the last 17 meetings and over is 7-2-1 in the last 10 meetings in Colorado. 

Colorado is facing another must win scenario but Nashville certainly doesn’t want to be forced to a game seven either. Hammond is an unknown here which adds difficulty…

Pick:
over 5.5 // will update

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