Nashville Closes out Series against Pesky Avalanche

Saturday, April 21, 2018 6:11 PM UTC

Saturday, Apr. 21, 2018 6:11 PM UTC

The Predators still have won 14 of 17 against the Avalanche and winners of 7 of 8 at Colorado.

Nashville Predators (3) vs Colorado Avalanche (2)

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Free NHL Pick: Nashville -115 (Regulation Time Only)Best Line Offered: at Betmania

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— Colorado Avalanche (@Avalanche) April 21, 2018

It’s been a nice story with the Colorado Avalanche winning at the Bridgestone Arena in game five behind 44 saves from Andrew Hammond but the reality is the Nashville Predators are the better team and they’ll put an end to the Avalanche run Sunday night. Puck drop is scheduled for 7:00 ET / 4:00 Pt and can be seen on the NBC Sports Network, TVAS, Sports Net, Altitude, and Fox Sports-Tennessee.

The opening number on the SBR odds page had the Predators as a solid -180 road favorite but the public never forgets what they just saw, especially when you’re getting a plus price on the home team. Right now, Nashville bettors are required to lay just -171 at Betmania. Still too far out of my price range which is why I’m jumping on the regulation line at -115. This is a line that’s seldom thought of when handicapping, mostly because not everyone offers it but books like Sports Interaction is incredibly good at offering various betting options.

The ‘total’ opened at six, as you would expect, shaded to the ‘under’ (-118). If you’re interested in this wager make sure to shop all of the SBR approved sportsbooks because there are varying lines depending on the side you like. If you like the ‘over’ almost every book offers plus money, even at worst. The best ‘under’ number is at 5 Dimes (-115) but that’s not the norm with -122 being the highest at Bet Mania. That’s too much juice for a series that just featured 72 shots.

In many of these early series we see a theme among team s that are still “in it” that we might have thought would be hitting the links by now. The better teams are getting beat because they’re mentally relaxed against an opponent that has nothing to lose, keeping them sharp for 60 minutes. The truth is that the Avalanche are a nice story but now they have the Predators scared after scoring two goals in the last 4:11 to pull off the game five upset, Nashville will find that extra level that the Avalanche have already been playing at.

Nashville wasn’t sharp. They gave up too many odd man rushes caused by lazy defensive play. Let’s be honest, Colorado could have put up five goals had it not been for Pekka Rinne

stopping a constant barrage of defensive miscues. I’ve said it before, Nashville hasn’t been the defensive juggernaut that we saw for much of the regular season. The shot numbers would indicate that they’re just fine (27 SA) but they quality chances are too high for a team that is known for their defensive zone coverage. It appears as if the defensemen are much more worried about jumping up in the play than they are protecting the blue line. This is going to hurt them in the next round but as for Sunday, the Predators are too talented to allow this to go any further.

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