Nashville Predators vs Colorado Avalanche Prediction, Pick and Preview, May 3 (5/3): NHL

Nashville Predators vs Colorado Avalanche Prediction, Pick and Preview, May 3 (5/3): NHL

Credit: photo by Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

 

Odds:

Time 9:30 p.m. EST
Predators money line +260
Predators spread +1.5 (+105)
Avalanche money line -320
Avalanche spread -1.5 (-125)
Over / under 6.5

 

2021-2022 season stats

  Nashville Predators Colorado Avalanche
Record 45-30-7 56-19-7
Road / home record 20-16-5 32-5-4
Streak L1 L2
Goals per game 3.20 3.76
Goals allowed per game 3.05 2.83
Shots per game 29.6 35.0
Shots allowed per game 32.2 32.1
PP % 24.6% 24.8%
PK % 21.09% 20.70%
Over / under record 49-33 43-34-5

 

Preview

The Nashville Predators and the Colorado Avalanche will meet at the Ball Arena in Colorado to play the Game 1 of the playoffs 1st round in the West. This is the fourth time these teams face off this season. Surprinsingly the Predators beat the Avs in 3 of the last 4 head to head games.

Nashville Predators

The Predators have lost 4 of their last 5 games and are 20-21 on the road this season with a 45-30-7 record overall and rank 5th in the Central division. The Predators are 16-8-2 against the rest of their division. Nashville averages 4.8 penalties per game, the most in the league. Tanner Jeannot leads the team with 40 total penalties.

Josi leads the Predators with 73 total assists and has 96 points. Matt Duchene has five goals over the last 10 games for Nashville.

In their last 10 games the Predators are 4-6, averaging 2.8 goals, 4.1 assists, 4.7 penalties and 12.5 penalty minutes while allowing 4.2 goals per game with an .881 save percentage.

Colorado Avalanche

Colorado lost 6 of their last 7 games in the regular season but are 32-9 at home. They have 56-19-7 overall record ranking 1st in the Central Division. The Avalanche are 15-7-4 against divisional rivals. Colorado averages 8.8 penalty minutes per game, the ninth-most in the Western Conference. Gabriel Landeskog leads the team serving 78 total minutes.

Mikko Rantanen leads the Avalanche with 36 goals, adding 56 assists and totaling 92 points. Nathan MacKinnon has 14 points over the last 10 games for Colorado.

In their last 10 games the Avalanche are 4-6, averaging 3.7 goals, 6.7 assists, 2.5 penalties and five penalty minutes while giving up 3.5 goals per game with a .910 save percentage.

BETTING TRENDS

Nashville are 1-4 SU in their last 5 games.

Nashville are 13-7 SU in their last 20 games against Colorado.

Colorado are 4-1-1 SU in their last 6 games at home.

Colorado are 22-19 ATS at home.

Prediction

The Colorado Avalanche are clearly the better team here and should take this playoffs series but they struggled against the Predators in the regular season, losing 3 of the 4 head to head games. The Predators are allowing 4.2 goals per game lately so the Avs shouldn't have any issues to score 4 or 5 goals on this game same for the Preds as Colorado are allowing 3.5 gpg. The Over hit in all of the last 4 games between them so take the over.

PICK: Over 6.5 (-110)

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