Free NHL Picks: Predators Are No Match For Avalanche In Tonight's Matchup

Nikki Adams

Monday, March 28, 2016 3:19 PM GMT

Colorado Avalanche descend on the Nashville Predators tonight, all while looking to bounce back into the win column. Find out what NHL odds are on offer across sportsbooks.

Colorado Avalanche (38-33-4)
Colorado Avalanche have lost two in a row and slip to a 6-4-0 mark in their last ten games. This setback has thrust their slim bid for a spot in the playoffs into question as they are now 38-33-4 on the season with 80 points, five points adrift of Minnesota Wild and 11 points adrift of the Nashville Predators – the current holders of the prized postseason playing card. Most concerning, their recent loss came to one of these wildcard rivals, the Minnesota Wild in a 4-0 defeat at home.

The fact that they were shutout with home-ice advantage in what was a must-win game has to weigh heavily on Patrick Roy and his boys. Indeed, the Colorado Avalanche slip to +5000 in Stanley Cup outrights, which has them at the foot of the futures market – if not one foot out of the door.

The Avalanche will be looking to bounce back into the win column tonight in Nashville, facing a second straight wildcard rival in as many days. The Avalanche had a 2-1 edge in the head-to-head series after winning their first meeting in Nashville 3-2 and their second meeting in Colorado 5-3. In the last meeting between this pair, the Avalanche slipped to a 5-2 loss at home though.

On the season, the Avalanche are 17-17-4 at home and 21-16-0 on the road. Their away form is actually better than their home form at the moment, where they are enjoying a three-game winning streak behind wins over Vancouver, Calgary and Edmonton, outscoring the triplet 10-6 combined.

 

Nashville Predators (39-23-13)
The Nashville Predators are riding a three-game winning streak into this game, a run of form that has them improving to a solid 7-2-1 mark in their last ten games and moving into pole position for one of two Western Conference wildcard spots. Indeed, the Predators can improve their lot in the Conference standings with a pivotal win tonight.

The Predators boast a solid 21-10-6 mark at home, augmented as recently as Saturday when they decimated the Columbus Blue Jackets 5-1 at home. In fact, they are riding a four-game winning streak at home with wins over the NY Islanders (4-2), Los Angeles Kings (5-2) and Vancouver Canucks (3-2 shootout) ahead of Saturday’s win over the Blue Jackets.

Tonight, the Predators will be looking to improve to five straight at home and if the NHL odds were any indication they are expected to do just that. Odds makers have installed the hosts as the firm favourites priced anywhere from -215 to -230 depending on your choice of sportsbook.

NHL Betting Verdict: The Colorado Avalanche are desperate right about now, so close to the playoffs yet so far away it would seem and the recent dip in form is doing them no favours. They are quite rightly matched as the road underdogs at +190 or thereabouts in sports betting markets. The most recent loss to Minnesota Wild must still rankle, especially as they barely struck an audible chord in the 4-0 shutout all while their playoff fate was hanging in the balance. If the Avalanche are to rescue their bid, they’ll need to find a bit more intensity for this game. They do have a game in hand over Minnesota, so the dream is still alive, if only just.

Problem is the Predators are no pushovers. Riding the momentum of a four-game home winning streak the Predators loom large and tough and at a high of -230 NHL odds to win outright they look to be the smart bet here for your hockey NHL picks. Particularly when you consider that a win tonight will see them clinch a spot in the playoffs.

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Free NHL Pick: Nashville Predators -219
Best Line Offered: at BetOnline