Our resident NHL consultant will be covering the Central Division clash tonight between Nashville and Colorado. Will the Predators be able to snap out of their recent funk? Can Colorado continue to be competitive despite having nothing to play for? Read this betting preview article for the answers to those questions and much more.
NHL Central Division Matchup in Denver
The Colorado Avalanche will host the Nashville Predators on Tuesday at 9:05 PM ET. According to the NHL betting odds at Bookmaker, Nashville is a -135 money line favorite, and the posted total is 5.0. This will be the fifth meeting of the season between these Central Division rivals. Nashville has won three of the first four, and both games at the Pepsi Center in Denver have stayed under the total.
Division Title up for Grabs
The Nashville Predators have gone 1-3 in the last four, and 3-6 in their previous nine games. That recent funk has resulted in the Predators squandering the Central Division lead that they’ve possessed for the majority of the season. Currently the Predators are one point behind first place St. Louis, two points ahead of third place Chicago, and all three of the top teams in the Central Division have three games left to play. Tonight will be just the second game in the last seven days for Nashville so they should be plenty rested, and that’s always a key NHL handicapping aspect to consider at this time of the year.
Playing for Pride
After being the surprise team in the NHL a season ago, the defending Central Division champion Colorado Avalanche will not be a participant in the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs. To their credit, they’ve battled hard over the past seven weeks despite their playoff chances being slim at best, and have gone 13-10 versus the money line during their previous twenty-three games. The Avalanche returns home for the first time since completing a three game in four day road trip. They went 1-2 during that time, and the trip concluded with a 2-1 loss at Los Angeles on Saturday. Colorado had a franchise worse 10 shots on goal in that defeat versus the Kings.
There’s a lot on the line tonight for the Predators, and anything less than a huge effort, regardless of the opponent, would be highly unacceptable. The Avalanche has scored exactly one goal in three of their previous four contests, and averaged a paltry 20.7 shots on goal per game during that time. I’m going to side with the team possessing a higher degree of urgency for one of my NHL picks on Tuesday.
NHL Pick: Nashville -135 on the money line over Colorado at Bookmaker.