Nashville Predators vs. Colorado Avalanche Matchup Preview

Jose VasquezArticles, Hockey, NHL

The Nashville Predators at the Pepsi Center in Game 6 of the NHL playoffs’s opening round. The first puck will drop at 7 p.m. ET on Sunday, April 22, and you can catch the game live on NBC Sports Network.

Nashville Predators at Colorado Avalanche Odds

Colorado (+155) is entering this one as the underdog to Nashville (-175), and the Over/Under (O/U) is set at 6 goals. The line for betting the total stands at -120 for the under and +100 for the over.

Nashville is 56-31 straight up (SU) and has netted 12.3 units for moneyline bettors this year. 44 of its matches have gone over the total, while 42 have gone under and just one has pushed. The Preds are 26-17 SU as an away team in 2017-18.

The Predators offensive attack attempted 32.4 shots per game in the regular season, resulting in 3.3 goals per outing (ranked seventh overall in the NHL). In the playoffs, the club is up to an average of 35.0 shots on goal 3.4 goals per game.

Following a regular season where they found the net on 21.0 percent of all power-play chances (the 14th-rated), the Predators have connected on 18.8 percent of their extra-man advantages in the early stages of these playoffs.

With a .925 save percentage and 28.5 saves per game, Pekka Rinne (45-19-4) has been the top option in goal for Nashville this season. If Nashville chooses to rest him, however, the team could roll with 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 has 69 points on 29 goals and 40 assists, and has recorded multiple points in 20 different games. Arvidsson has 30 goals and 33 assists to his name (and has registered at least one point in 45 games).

On the other side of the rink, Colorado is 45-42 straight up (SU) and has earned moneyline bettors 10.3 units this season. Through 87 regular season contests, 45 of its games have gone over the total, while 35 have gone under and just seven have pushed. This season, the team is 29-14 SU as the home team.

The Avalanche have converted on 21.3 percent of their power play opportunities this year, a mark 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 83.2 percent of all opponent power plays.

Avalanche players have been sent to the penalty box 4.0 times per game in total this season, and 5.0 per game over their past five contests. The team has had to kill penalties 8.7 minutes per game over their last 10 outings.

Semyon Varlamov (28.8 saves per game) has been the primary netminder in goal for the Avalanche. Varlamov has 26 wins, 25 losses, and six overtime losses to his name and has recorded a .920 save percentage and 2.68 goals against average this season.

The home team will be led on offense by Nathan MacKinnon (42 goals, 61 assists).

Nashville Predators vs. Colorado Avalanche Betting Predictions

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

Betting Notes

  • The Predators are 20-7 in games where they serve fewer penalty minutes than their opponent and 26-16 when they’re in the penalty box for fewer than 10 total minutes.
  • Nashville is 6-7 in games decided by a shootout this season while Colorado is 2-1 in shootouts.
  • Nashville might hold the upper hand if it’s a tight one late. The teams an impressive 26-16 in games decided by one goal, while Colorado is 12-17 in such games.
  • The over has hit in three of Colorado’s last five outings.
  • One of the best teams at possession and valuing the puck, Colorado is ranked 2nd this season with just 6.3 giveaways per game. That figure has regressed, as the teams averaged 7.6 giveaways over its last 10 games and 8.4 giveaways over its last five.
  • Nashville is ranked 16th this season with 9.6 giveaways per game. That figure has trended lower recently, however, as it’s averaged 8.5 giveaways over its last 10 games and 8.2 giveaways over its last five.