Colorado Avalanche (16-39-3) at Nashville Predators (28-22-9)
|Date & Time||Thursday February 23, 2017, 8:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Nashville Predators -250 / Colorado Avalanche +222 --- Over/Under: 5.5
The Colorado Avalanche shoot for a win at the Bridgestone Arena versus the Nashville Predators in NHL hockey action on Thursday.
The Colorado Avalanche are not going to make the playoffs but to their credit they have not laid down and been rolled over by opponents. The Avalanche made life tough for the visiting Los Angeles Kings on Tuesday but were unable to generate enough at the offensive end of the ice in a 2-1 defeat. Mikko Rantanen scored Colorado’s lone goal just 32 seconds in to period number two while Calvin Pickard took the loss as the Avs fell to 1-6-1 in their past eight contests. Tyler Toffoli and Trevor Lewis lit the lamp for Los Angeles while former Avalanche goalie Peter Budaj made 24 saves to pick up the win.
The Calgary Flames and Nashville Predators are locked in a battle for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference and both teams gave all they had before the Flames skated away with a 6-5, overtime win to move within a point of the second Wild Card that the Preds have for now. Mark Giordano tallied the game winner just 43 seconds in to OT with Mikael Backlund and Micheal Ferland scoring twice each. Dougie Hamilton also lit the lamp for the Flames with Johnny Gaudreau logging four assists to make a winner of Brian Elliott. Filip Forsberg led the Predators offense with a second period hat trick with PK Subban and Colin Wilson also scoring. Pekka Rinne was pulled after allowing four goals on 13 shots with Juuse Saros finishing the game for Nashville.
The Avalanche are 0-6 in their last 6 Thursday games and the under is 3-0-3 in Avalanche last 6 after allowing 2 goals or less in their previous game while the under is 3-0-1 in Avalanche last 4 Thursday games. The over is 7-0 in Predators last 7 overall and the over is 7-0 in Predators last 7 when their opponent allows 2 goals or less in their previous game while the Predators are 0-4 in their last 4 games playing on 1 days rest. The Avalanche are 0-5 in the last 5 meetings and the over is 7-1 in the last 8 meetings while the over is 7-1 in the last 8 meetings in Nashville.
The Predators have done well in this match up and the over has been a dependable side which is how I lean until goalies are announced…