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The Colorado Avalanche (37-18-7, 81 points) play the back half of a back-to-back Saturday on the road against the Nashville Predators (32-23-8, 72 points). Colorado is on the road Friday in Carolina before heading to Nashville to play the Predators on Saturday. Colorado has moved into second place in the Central Division following its four straight victories including its most recent of 3-2 over the Buffalo Sabres.
Nashville is playing well at the moment. The Predators have won each of their last three including their most recent 4-3 victory over the Calgary Flames on Thursday night in overtime. Thanks to their fine play the Predators have moved into fourth place in the Central Division eight points behind Dallas and are once again in the playoff hunt.
Colorado closing in on St LouisThe Colorado Avalanche are now in second place in both the Central Division and the Western Conference standings after winning four straight and going 7-2-1 over their last 10 games played. Colorado passed Dallas on its way to second place in now trailing the first place St Louis Blues by just five points.
Nathan MacKinnon continues to lead Colorado in all offensive statistical categories including goals scored with 33, assists with 52 and points with 85. The Colorado defense is allowing an average of just 2.69 goals per game and the offense is scoring an average of 3.45 goals per game. The Avalanche power play scores 19.2% of the time and the penalty kill holds opponents scoreless 80.0% of the time.
Nashville playing its way back into playoff contentionWith their three straight victories, the Nashville Predators are back in the postseason picture. Nashville is now in the eighth and final spot of the playoff race in the Western Conference with 72 points and just two points shy of 5th Place. The Predators are 6-3-1 over their last 10 games played. Nashville needs to continue winning as they are tied in points with 9th Place Winnipeg Jets but own a current tiebreaker against the Jets.
Filip Forsberg is the leading goal scorer for Nashville with 18 and Roman Josi is the assists leader with 43 and points leader with 58. Nashville is allowing an average of 3.14 goals per game and scoring an average of 3.16 goals per game. The Predators power play is below average at 16.5% and the success rate of the penalty kill is just 74.1%.
- Nashville is 3-0 in the last three
- The Predators are 6-3-1 in the last 10
- Colorado 5-16 in the last 21 versus Nashville
- The Avalanche are 3-7 in the last 10 played in Nashville
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
The Nashville Predators are back in the top eight in the Western Conference thanks to winning each of the last three and six of the last 10. The Predators have preyed on the Avalanche as Nashville has won seven of its the last 10 on its home ice against Colorado and 16 of the last 21 overall against the Avalanche. Both Colorado and Nashville have played very well of late and this game will go down to a late mistake or a late power-play and home ice can dictate both of those thus giving Nashville an advantage.
Prediction: Nashville Predators
Full-Game Total Pick
Colorado's defense has strengthened over the course of the season and the Avalanche are only allowing an average of 2.69 goals per game. The total has gone under in each of Colorado's last four and in 10 of the Avalanches last 11 overall. The total has also gone under in seven of the last eight games that Colorado and Nashville have played head-to-head.