Colorado Avalanche (4-2-0) at Nashville Predators (2-2-1)
|Date & Time||Tuesday October 17, 2017, 8:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Nashville Predators -179 / Colorado Avalanche +140 --- Over/Under: 5.5
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The Colorado Avalanche look to keep their strong start afloat as they head into the Music City to face off against the Nashville Predators.
The Avalanche have been one of the surprise teams in the early going as they have turned last season’s dismal campaign into a rejuvenated start to this season and while they are likely to regress a bit they still have some high end talent led by the trio of Matt Duchene, Nathan Mackinnon, and Gabriel Landeskog. However, the impending departure of Duchene who has been verbally upset with his role in Colorado has the team on egg shells a bit right now and the uncertainty surrounding when his void will occur has to be unsettling but until that point they will ride those three in the offensive zone and hope that goaltender Semyon Varlamov can continue his strong play. Varlamov is expected to get the start here as he will face off against Pekka Rinne who will look to get the Preds on a roll after a big of a sluggish start.
The Predators are sitting at .500 on the season but they have won both games at home this season and that is par for the course for one of the league’s best teams in their own arena and against an Avs team here who has just 17 wins in their last 70 games it makes sense the Preds are such a big favourite here. Nashville is coming off a Western Conference title and a trip to the Stanley Cup final but they have had a bit of a hangover but they have the personnel to rebound and at home here you can bet they will have a game plan in place to keep the Colorado offense under wraps and allow their special teams to take over.
The Avalanche are 15-40 in their last 55 road games and 15-36 in their last 51 against the Central while the Preds are 9-3 in their last 12 against the Central and 2-5 in their last seven overall. The Avs are heavy underdogs here but there is no value on the Preds so the best play is on the total and in Nashville I think this one stays under.