The Colorado Avalanche and Nashville Predators meet Monday in game 4 of the West First Round NHL Playoffs at the Bridgestone Arena. The Colorado Avalanche look to make the second round for a fourth straight season. The Nashville Predators look to save their season and force a game 5 on Wednesday.
The Colorado Avalanche are averaging 5.33 goals per game and are scoring on 42.9 percent of their power play opportunities. Nathan MacKinnon leads Colorado with 4 goals, Cale Makar has 5 assists and Valeri Nichushkin has 14 shots on goal. Defensively, the Colorado Avalanche are allowing 2 goals per game and are killing 72.7 percent of their opponent’s power plays. Darcy Kuemper has allowed 4 goals on 61 shots faced and Pavel Francouz has given up 2 goals on 20 shots.
The Nashville Predators are averaging 2 goals per game and are scoring on 27.3 percent of their power play opportunities. Matt Duchene leads Nashville with 3 goals, Mikael Granlund has 3 assists and Roman Josi has 13 shots on goal. Defensively, the Nashville Predators are allowing 5.33 goals per game and are killing 57.1 percent of their opponent’s power plays. Connor Ingram has allowed 10 goals on 124 shots faced, and David Rittich has allowed 5 goals on 13 shots.
The Avalanche are 1-4 in their last 5 road games and 47-17 in their last 64 overall. The Predators are 1-4 in their last 5 home games and 0-4 in their last 4 overall. The under is 4-1 in Avalanche last 5 road games. The over is 7-1 in Predators last 8 overall. The Avalanche are 5-2 in the last 7 meetings in Nashville and 7-3 in the last 10 meetings.
You’d like to see the Nashville Predators show some pride and extend this series, but they simply don’t have the horses to compete, and it’s been made clear through the first three games. The Colorado Avalanche are getting way too many quality looks, and they can drop crooked numbers in a single period. The Avs are winning by an average of 2.6 goals this series. I can’t find the confidence in the Predators. Give me the Avalanche and the PL for max betting value.