Nashville Predators at Colorado Avalanche Matchup Preview

Jose VasquezArticles, Hockey, NHL

The Nashville Predators at the Pepsi Center in Game 4 of the NHL postseason’s first round. The action gets going at 10 p.m. ET on Wednesday, April 18, and it is being televised live on NBC Sports Network.

Nashville Predators at Colorado Avalanche Odds

Nashville (+150) is entering this one as the underdog to Nashville (-170) and the oddsmakers have set the Over/Under (O/U) at 6 goals (-115 for the over, -105 for the under).

Nashville is 55-30 straight up (SU) and has netted 14.7 units for moneyline bettors this year. Through 85 regular season outings, 44 of its games have gone over the total, while 40 have gone under and just one has pushed. This 2017-18 Predators team is 25-17 SU on the road.

Following a regular season where they scored on 21.5 percent of all power-play opportunities (the 14th-rated), the Predators have connected on 30.0 percent of their extra-man advantages in the early stages of these playoffs.

Nashville’s offensive skaters attempted 32.2 shots per game in the regular season, resulting in 3.3 goals per contest (ranked seventh overall in the NHL). In the postseason, the team is attempting an average of 32.0 shots on goal (and up to 4.3 goals per game).

With a .925 save percentage and 28.5 saves per game, Pekka Rinne (44-18-4) has been the top option in goal for Nashville this season. If Nashville decides to rest him, however, the team might turn to Juuse Saros (12-15-7 record, .926 save percentage, 2.39 goals against average).

Filip Forsberg and Viktor Arvidsson will both lead the offensive attack for the visiting Predators. Forsberg (67 points) has tallied 28 goals and 39 assists, and has recorded two or more points 19 times. Arvidsson has 30 goals and 33 assists to his nameand has notched at least one point in 45 games.

Over on the other bench, Colorado is 44-41 straight up (SU) and has earned 8.6 units for moneyline bettors this season. Through 85 regular season contests, 45 of its games have gone over the total, while 33 have gone under and just seven have pushed. This season, the team’s 29-13 SU as the home team.

Colorado has converted on 21.4 percent of its power play chances this year, a figure that’s good enough for eighth-best in the league. On the other hand, its penalty kill is ranked fourth overall, and it’s successfully killed off 82.8 percent of all opponent power plays.

Colorado skaters have been called for penalties 4.0 times per game in total this season, and 2.6 per game over their last five home outings. The team has been forced to kill penalties just 8.3 minutes per game over their last 10 outings.

Semyon Varlamov has stopped 28.8 shots per game as the primary selection in goal for Colorado. Varlamov has 26 wins, 25 losses, and six overtime losses to his name and has maintained a .920 save percentage and 2.68 goals against average this season.

Nathan MacKinnon (42 goals, 60 assists) will pace the offensive attack for the Avs.

Nashville Predators vs. Colorado Avalanche Betting Predictions

Prediction: SU Winner – Avalanche, O/U – Over

Betting Trends

  • The over has hit in each of Colorado’s last five outings.
  • Over Nashville’s last ten games, six of them have been decided by two or more goals (the team is 4-2 in those games).