Predators vs Avalanche Prediction NHL Picks for Today 4/14

Predators vs Avalanche Prediction NHL Picks for Today 4/14

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Introduction

The NHL action continues on April 14, 2023, as the Colorado Avalanche take on the Nashville Predators. The game is scheduled to start at 5:00 PM at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, TN. This betting preview will take a closer look at both teams and provide a prediction on the outcome of the game.

 

Colorado Avalanche: A Powerhouse in the NHL

The Colorado Avalanche come into this game with an impressive record of 49-24-7, including a 28-11-1 record away from home. The Avalanche are one of the best teams in the NHL and have been dominant all season. Led by Nathan MacKinnon, who has 107 points this season, the Avalanche have one of the most potent offenses in the league, averaging 3.33 goals per game.

In terms of defense, the Avalanche have been solid all season, allowing just 2.73 goals per game. The team's goaltender, Alexandar Georgiev, has been exceptional this season, recording 38 wins and a save percentage of .919.

 

Nashville Predators: A Tough Team to Beat at Home

The Nashville Predators have had a solid season, with a record of 41-31-8. They have been particularly strong at home, with a record of 21-14-4 at Bridgestone Arena. The Predators have a good mix of offensive and defensive players, which makes them a tough team to beat.

Roman Josi leads the team in points with 59, while Juuse Saros has been a stalwart in net, recording 32 wins and a save percentage of .919.

The Predators' defense has also been a strength this season, allowing just 2.80 goals per game. However, their offense has struggled at times, averaging just 2.69 goals per game. Matt Duchene leads the team in goals with 22, but they will need more production from their offense if they hope to compete with the high-powered Avalanche.

 

Injury Concerns for Both Teams

Both the Avalanche and Predators have some injury concerns heading into this game. For the Avalanche, key players Cale Makar and Josh Manson are both out, while Gabriel Landeskog is on injured reserve. These injuries will test the team's depth, but they have been able to overcome injuries all season.

The Predators will be without defenseman Roman Josi, who is day-to-day with an injury, as well as several other players. While injuries are never ideal, both teams have shown the ability to adapt and overcome adversity throughout the season.

 

Prediction

Although the Avalanche are clearly the better team, the Predators have shown that they can compete with the best teams in the league. In their last five games, the Predators have won three and lost two. They have also been solid at home all season, which should give them some confidence heading into this game.

In addition, the Predators have been playing well defensively, allowing just 2.80 goals per game. They will need to continue this trend if they hope to keep the Avalanche at bay.

Finally, the Predators will have the home advantage, which is always a factor in the NHL. The home crowd should be loud and supportive, which could give the Predators an edge in this game. Therefore, we predict that the Predators will keep the game close enough to cover the +1.5 spread.

 

Pick: Predators +1.5

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