The Colorado Avalanche dominated the first three games of the series and will be looking to complete a first-round sweep of the Nashville Predators Monday night. This was one of the most lopsided first-round NHL Playoffs matches we’ve seen, although Game 2 will take extra time. Colorado’s high-octane offense choked Nashville from start to finish, and we’ll be looking to finish the job in Game Four. We’re back with the NHL odds series with Avalanche-Predators Predicting and pick Game 4 on Monday.
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Here’s the Avalanche-Predators NHL Odds, Courtesy of FanDueto
NHL Odds: Avalanche-Predators Odds
Colorado Avalanche: -1.5 (-102) (-255 ml)
Nashville Predators: +1.5 (-118) (+205 ml)
Above: 6.5 (-122)
Below: 6.5 (+100)
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Why an avalanche can cover the spread / win
Avalanches seem like the biggest threats to winning the Stanley Cup at the moment, and they had little problem ignoring predators for the first three games. While Game 2 required additional time, Avs was able to take care of business when the stakes increased. They enter this match with a comfortable 3-0 lead in the series, but this team is physically unable to get their foot off the gas. Colorado just knows how to play one way, and that’s with the same intensity they’ve shown all season. Don’t expect Avalanche to play less aggressively knowing that they have almost the entirety of this series. The way these guys are competing, they would probably consider it a total failure on their part if they didn’t sweep up Nashville.
Nathan McKinnon has been crazy throughout the series, and we expect him to continue that on Monday (+118 any time he’s an interesting scorer). He’s scored in every game in the series so far, scoring over 6 shots on every outing. He can change the outcome of the game in a matter of seconds and he will be the X-factor of Colorado again on Monday.
Why predators can cover the spreads / win
Nashville struggled to contain avalanche crime throughout the series. Match 2 was a fantastic effort from the defense, and they would need more from where this came from if they had a chance on Monday night. The odds are somewhat representative of how likely the Preds will win tonight, but that doesn’t mean it’s impossible. Romain Josi is arguably the best defender in every hockey game, serving as the Brids’ fourth forward, and he can turn the tide of the team. They will be more determined to avoid sweeping the first round with Game 4 on their home ice, and will look to battle it out to force Game 5.
Matt Duchenne and Philip Forsberg will have to be clever if Nashville wants to annoy Aves. Duchene has three goals in the series and will be looking to add to that number with another strong showing on Monday. Forsberg hasn’t scored a point for the Predators in his entire postseason, despite scoring 84 points during the regular season. He will be determined to avoid going in vain in the playoffs and make his mark in the fourth game.
The ultimate predator avalanche prediction and selection
There are two options here that really stand out as the top choices. The avalanche covered the spread in two of the three games, and when they capped at -1.5, they did so easily. The Avs won five goals in match 1 and four goals in match 3, showing that they had no problem snatching and comfortably keeping the lead. While -1.5 is a great gamble here, there is a pick that I like even more. A score over 6.5 a target looks very valuable and the odds are strong at -122. The avalanche covered that total on its own in two of the three games. Both games scored over 9 goals in total, and while Game 2 was 2-1 overtime, I feel that was more than anomaly.
Final Avalanche Prediction and Pick: Over 6.5 (-122)