Colorado Avalanche (44-33-9) at Nashville Predators (56-19-11)
|Date & Time||Friday April 20, 2018, 9:30 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Nashville Predators -345 / Colorado Avalanche +250 --- Over/Under: 6
The Colorado Avalanche and Nashville Predators meet Friday in game five of the NHL Western Conference First Round Playoffs at the Bridgestone Arena.
The Colorado Avalanche need a victory here in order to force a game six on Sunday. The Colorado Avalanche are averaging 3.1 goals per game and are scoring on 22 percent of their power play opportunities. Gabriel Landeskog leads Colorado with three goals, Nathan MacKinnon has two assists and Gabriel Bourque has four shots on goal. Defensively, the Colorado Avalanche are allowing 2.9 goals per game and are killing 83.3 percent of their opponents power plays. Jonathan Bernier has allowed 14 goals on 120 shots and Andrew Hammond has given up zero goals on eight shots. The Colorado Avalanche have allowed three or more goals in seven of their last eight games.
The Nashville Predators can advance to the Western Conference semifinals with a victory here. The Nashville Predators are averaging 3.2 goals per game and are scoring on 21.2 percent of their power play opportunities. Austin Watson leads Nashville with three goals, Mattias Ekholm has four assists and Ryan Johansen has four shots on goal. Defensively, the Nashville Predators are allowing 2.5 goals per game and are killing 81.9 percent of their opponents power plays. Pekka Rinne has given up 12 goals on 105 shots faced and Juuse Saros has allowed zero goals on 18 shots. The Nashville Predators have allowed three or less goals in six of their last eight games.
The Avalanche are 16-51 in their last 67 road games, 1-5 in their last 6 Conference Quarterfinals games and 2-6 in their last 8 overall. The Predators are 9-1 in their last 10 Conference Quarterfinals games, 47-18 in their last 65 home games and 51-23 in their last 74 overall. The Avalanche are 7-22 in the last 29 meetings in Nashville, 20-41 in the last 61 meetings and the over is 19-6-1 in the last 26 meetings.
The Colorado Avalanche have been badly outplayed in three of the first four games and now have to go on the road where they've struggled all season long. The Avalanche have not only been outscored 10-6 in the first two road games these playoffs, but they've won just three road games since February 22 and have lost six straight road games overall. The Nashville Predators are a tough, tough team to beat at home regardless of regular season or playoffs, and they're on fire offensively at the moment. I'm not trying to lay such massive juice, so I'll take the puck line to increase the value of the bet.