Colorado Avalanche (26-23-11) at Nashville Predators (40-13-7)
|Date & Time||Tuesday February 24, 2015, 8:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Nashville Predators -185 / Colorado Avalanche +166 --- Over/Under: 5.5
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The Preds look to stay rolling atop the league standings as they host the Avs on Tuesday night who are on on the cusp of a fire sale as the trade deadline fast approaches.
The Colorado Avalanche took the league by storm last season as they went from worst to first overnight and as such they were given lofty expectations heading into this season – something they haven't been able to live up to. The Avs do have a nice team but I think battling for a playoff spot in the competitive Central division is right where they belong as I don't see them as a league power house though with a couple of moves they could join the fray as early as next year. Colorado at this rate will not be going to the postseason and as the March 2nd trade deadline looms and a number of pieces on the roster being rumored to on the move it;'ll be interesting to see how that impacts them over the next week on the ice. For the time being, they head into Nashville to battle the league leading Preds and will lean on Semyon Varlamov to outduel Pekka Rinne in a battle of great goaltenders.
The Predators have been among the league's best teams this season and continue to sport the best record in hockey and they'll look to add to it with another effort on Tuesday against Colorado. Nashville has rejoined the rank s of the league's elite this season after a couple years hiatus after losing Ryan Suter on the blue line but with the emergence of Seth Jones, a strong offensive identity, and Pekka Rinne continuing to dominate this team has the recipe to win the Stanley Cup and it could come as early as this season as Nashville has played the part all season. Tonight there are heavy favourites at home against the Avalanche and rightfully so but I am a little weary of Colorado's desperation and the ability of Varlamov to steal a game. As such, between Varly and Rinne I think we see a defensive battle and this one should stay well clear of the total.