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Nashville Predators vs. Colorado Avalanche - 2/23/19 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Colorado Avalanche at Nashville Predators
Date & Time Saturday February 23, 2019, 5:30 PM (EST)
Location
Bridgestone Arena
Nashville, Tennessee
The Line
The Line: Colorado Avalanche +160 / Nashville Predators -195 -- Over/Under: 5.5
TV Channel
Alti, FSTN
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The Colorado Avalanche and Nashville Predators meet Saturday in NHL action at the Bridgestone Arena.

The Colorado Avalanche look for another win after winning four of their last five games. The Colorado Avalanche are averaging 3.3 goals per game and are scoring on 21.9 percent of their power play opportunities. Gabriel Landeskog leads Colorado with 31 goals, Mikko Rantanen has 52 assists and Nathan MacKinnon has 260 shots on goal. Defensively, the Colorado Avalanche are allowing 3.2 goals per game and are killing 77.2 percent of their opponents power plays. Semyon Varlamov has given up 107 goals on 1,196 shots faced and Philipp Grubauer has allowed 70 goals on 636 shots. The Colorado Avalanche have allowed three or less goals in each of their last five games.

The Nashville Predators could use a win here after splitting their last 10 games. The Nashville Predators are averaging 3.1 goals per game and are scoring on 12.6 percent of their power play opportunities. Viktor Arvidsson leads Nashville with 26 goals, Ryan Johansen has 42 assists and Roman Josi has 215 shots on goal. Defensively, the Nashville Predators are allowing 2.6 goals per game and are killing 81.1 percent of their opponents power plays. Pekka Rinne has given up 99 goals on 1,192 shots faced and Juuse Saros has allowed 60 goals on 683 shots. The Nashville Predators have allowed three or less goals in 11 of their last 13 games.

The Avalanche are 16-35 in their last 51 games as an underdog, 33-76 in their last 109 games playing on 0 days rest and 22-63 in their last 85 games as a road underdog. The Predators are 5-2 in their last 7 games as a favorite and 0-4 in their last 4 Saturday games. The over is 4-1 in Avalanche last 5 games playing on 0 days rest. The under is 4-1 in Predators last 5 home games. The Avalanche are 2-7 in the last 9 meetings in Nashville and 17-35 in the last 52 meetings.

The Colorado Avalanche have been able t string some wins together out of nowhere thanks to improved defense, but they're on the end of a back to back, something they haven't handled well dating back to last season. The Nashville Predators not only take care of business usually in the favorite role, but they've won seven of the last 10 meetings against the Avalanche, which includes a 4-1 beatdown last month. With a quick turnaround for the Avalanche on the road, this should be a game the home team cruises rather comfortably.  

Pick:
Nashville Predators -195

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