Nashville Predators at Colorado Avalanche Betting Preview

The Nashville Predators at the Pepsi Center in Game 3 of the NHL postseason’s opening round. NBC Sports Network will air the action, which gets underway at 10 p.m. ET on Monday, April 16.

Nashville Predators vs. Colorado Avalanche Odds

Nashville (+145) is currently the underdog to Nashville (-165), and the oddsmakers have put the Over/Under (O/U) at 6 goals. The odds for betting that total sit at -120 over, +100 under.

Nashville is 55-29 straight up (SU) and has earned 16.3 units for moneyline bettors this year. Through 84 regular season matches, 43 of its games have gone over the total, while 40 have gone under and just one has pushed. This 2017-18 Predators team is 25-16 SU on the road.

After sporting the 14th-rated power-play unit in the regular season (finding net on 21.4 percent of all chances), the Predators have connected on 28.6 percent of their power plays in the early stages of these playoffs.

Nashville’s offense attempted 32.2 shots per game in the regular season, leading to 3.3 goals per contest (ranked seventh overall in the NHL). In the playoffs, the team is managing an average of 32.0 shots on goal ( 5.0 goals per game).

With a .926 save percentage and 28.8 saves per game, Pekka Rinne (44-17-4) has been the best option in goal for Nashville this season. If head coach Peter Laviolette chooses to rest him, however, Nashville may turn to Juuse Saros (12-14-7 record, .925 save percentage, 2.45 goals against average).

The visiting Predators have relied on Filip Forsberg and Viktor Arvidsson this year. Forsberg (66 points) is up to 28 goals and 38 assists, and has recorded multiple points in 19 different games. Arvidsson has 30 goals and 33 assists to his credit (and has notched a point in 44 games).

Colorado is 43-41 straight up (SU) and has earned moneyline bettors 7.3 units this season. Through 84 regular season outings, 44 of its games have gone over the total, while 33 have gone under and just seven have pushed. This season, the team is 28-13 SU at home.

Colorado has converted on 21.8 percent of its power play chances this year, a mark that’s good enough for eighth-best in the NHL. On the other hand, its penalty kill is ranked fourth overall, and it’s successfully killed off 83.0 percent of all opponent power plays.

Colorado players have been penalized 4.0 times per game in total this season, and 1.8 per game over their last five at home. The team has been forced to kill penalties just 7.3 minutes per game over their last 10 outings.

Semyon Varlamov (28.8 saves per game) has been the top choice in goal for Colorado. Varlamov has 26 wins, 25 losses, and six OT losses to his credit and has recorded a .920 save percentage and 2.68 goals against average this year.

Nathan MacKinnon (40 goals, 60 assists) will lead the attack for the Avalanche.

Nashville Predators at Colorado Avalanche Betting Predictions

Free NHL Pick: SU Winner – Avalanche, O/U – Over

Betting Notes

  • The over has hit in four of Colorado’s last five outings.
  • Five of Nashville’s last ten games have been decided by two goals or more. The team is 4-1 in those games.