Colorado Avalanche vs Nashville Predators Predictions, Best Bets

Head to Head: Colorado Avalanche vs Nashville Predators

Colorado avalanche

Head to head

Nashville Predators

Jared Bednar

Head coach

John Hynes

11-6-1 (2nd in Central Division)

standing

9-9-2 (4th in Central Division)

Leaders

Mikko Rantanen (28)

Points

Flip Forsberg (19)

Mikko Rantanen (13)

Goals

Nino Niederreiter (9)

Nathan MacKinnon (22)

assists

Michael Granlund (13)

Nathan McKinnon (9)

+/-

Ryan MacDonagh (3)

Nathan MacKinnon (5.28)

Shots (per game)

Roman Josi (4.3)

Colorado Avalanche vs Nashville Predators Predictions and Picks

The Colorado Avalanche takes on the Nashville Predators in one of the best games of the day. Unsurprisingly, the Avalanche are having another strong season after winning the Stanley Cup last season. On the other hand, the Predators have yet to win but have beaten some of the NHL’s better teams.

The Avalanche is not at the top of the standings but is second in the Central Division thanks to a solid offense and strong defense. Their roster is fairly well-rounded and has been without Valeri Nichushkin for most of the season. When Nichushkin returns, the Avalanche attack will greatly improve.

The Avalanche has some of the best players in the league in Mikko Rantanen, Nathan MacKinnon and Cale Makar. Mikko Rantanen has the best all-around skills on this Colorado team. He has 13 goals and 15 assists. Rantanen is highly dependent and plays almost 22 minutes per game. Nathan MacKinnon is the leading passer in the NHL and leads the league with 22 assists. MacKinnon has a knack for finding his teammates and is an incredibly skilled passer. Cale Makar is the best defender on the Avalanche and one of the best in the league. Makar is only 24 years old and plays more than 27 minutes per game. He also has six goals and 15 assists.

The Avalanche handed Alexandar Georgiev the goalkeeper’s keys. Georgiev has a 9-2-1 record and a .929 save percentage (the third highest in the league). The 26-year-old saved 22 of 24 shots in his last appearance and all 32 shots in his previous appearance. Georgiev isn’t the best netminder in the NHL, but he could make a case for the top five.

The Predators have a decent team, but are not as good as the Avalanche. Their attack is slow, often scoring two or fewer goals. Defensively they usually hold opponents to three goals or less, but sometimes they have given up more than that.

The Predators don’t have stars, but they do have players like Flip Forsberg, Roman Josi, Matt Duchene and Nido Niederreiter. Flip Forsberg leads his team with 19 points. Forsberg is especially productive with a man advantage and has seven power play assists. Roman Josi is the only defender on this list; Josi has 16 points and plays almost 25 minutes per game. Matt Duchene has five goals and ten assists. Finally, we come to Nido Niederreiter. Niederriter is not much of a passer but leads the Predators with nine goals.

Juuse Saros is the main netminder in Nashville. Saros is an intermediate goaltender and allows more than three goals per game. He’ll have to step out if he wants to make a Playoff run.

Nashville has a decent squad, but is simply outdone in this game. Their defender will struggle with this game and the Avalanche will win 4-2.

Why could the Colorado Avalanche win?

The Avalanche are the superior team but will only win if they draw penalties and slow down Nido Niederreiter.

The Avalanche have the best power play unit in the NHL, converting over 34% of their chances. More than 35% of goals in Colorado are scored with a man advantage. The Avalanche can strengthen their lead with a power play goal.

Nido Niederrieter is an incredibly efficient shooter. Niederreiter has nine goals on 38 shots. He uses more than 23% of his chances and is dangerous with the puck in his hands. The Avalanche defenders must slow him down and force him to pass the puck.

Why would the Nashville Predators win?

The Predators are the apparent underdogs, but can win if they shoot 35 times and play team defense.

The Predators average 30 shots per game, but average a measly 2.55 goals. They score on less than 10% of their chances, which is why they have to shoot 35 times today. If they do, maybe they can score three goals.

The Predators have solid defenders, but need strong defense from everyone on the ice. They face an avalanche crew who will have a bevy of scorers and can only stop them if everyone steps up defensively.

Avalanche Main players: (RW) Mikko Rantanen

Mikko Rantanen is an incredibly talented player coming off a two-goal game against the Vancouver Canucks. Rantanen can do it all and constantly shows why he is among the best. That’s why I have no advice for him. Rantanen just has to keep playing his game.

Predators Protagonist: (LW) Flip Forsberg

Flip Forsberg is a dangerous player but has a +/- of -8. He doesn’t always make the right decisions on the ice and that needs to change today.

Forsberg needs to play hockey more intelligently to give his team a chance.

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