- Predators Aim to Deny Avs
- Avalanche on Verge of Central Crown
- Predators Hungry After Elimination
- Avalanche vs Predators Game Injuries
- Avalanche vs Predators Head-to-Head
- Avalanche vs Predators Game Information
- Avalanche vs Predators Betting Lines
- Avalanche vs Predators Picks and Prediction
- Avalanche vs Predators Trends
- Avalanche vs Predators Edge
- Avalanche vs Predators Results
- Avalanche vs Predators Game Summary
Predators Aim to Deny Avs
The Colorado Avalanche mostly had a lackluster season but have finished strong. They’ve been red hot of late, winning 15 out of their last 18 games.
The NHL news headlines on Friday are focused on whether or not the Avs can clinch the Central Division in their regular-season finale. With just two games on the board Friday, this will be the one that has playoff implications.
The Avs are a point back of the Dallas Stars but they have tonight’s one game in hand. The Nashville Predators will look to get in their way.
Are the Avs a good bet here or will the Preds play spoiler?
Avalanche on Verge of Central Crown
Colorado got a huge win over the Winnipeg Jets on Thursday night to move within one step away from securing a Central Division title. The only thing that the Avalanche have left to do is beat the Predators on Friday.
Colorado currently has 107 points, one below the current first-place Dallas Stars. Dallas’ regular season is over, making this a make-or-break matchup for that title.
Unfortunately, injuries have been piling up down the stretch. Colorado recently heard the news that captain Gabriel Landeskog won’t be available throughout the postseason. That could impact the team’s NHL odds to defend its Stanley Cup championship.
On top of that, Andrew Cogliano was pulled from the last game after banging his side into the boards and is listed with an upper-body injury.
Denis Malgin also left the game with an injury. Colorado needs this game to seal the division but might be missing some help.
Predators Hungry After Elimination
Nashville was eliminated from the postseason and will finish no more than three points out of a final spot. Nonetheless, it wasn’t a great season and making the playoffs always felt like a longshot.
However, those who bet online know that this team can play spoiler. The Predators won six out of their last 10, including a victory over the Minnesota Wild in overtime on Thursday. The concern is that they needed overtime in a game in which they were motivated and Minnesota was not.
Goalie Juuse Saros deserves a mention for what he’s been able to do in the net of late. He’s tied for the seventh-best record at 33-23-7, the 17th-best goals-against average at 2.69 and is tied for the sixth-best save percentage at .919.
If you’re handicapping the NHL lines here, note that throughout April, he’s 4-2-0 with a 2.13 GAA and a .930 save percentage. Saros has consistently shined throughout the year in the crease.
Avalanche vs Predators Game Injuries
Avalanche vs Predators Head-to-Head
Colorado has won all three games against the Predators this season. Only one of those games was settled by a one-goal difference.
Avalanche vs Predators Game Information
- Game: Avalanche (50-24-7) vs Predators (42-31-8)
- Location: Bridgestone Arena, Nashville, TN
- Day/Time: Friday, April 14, 8:00 p.m. ET
- Avalanche vs Predators Live stream: NHL.TV
Avalanche vs Predators Betting Lines
Avalanche vs Predators Picks and Prediction
Colorado is an obvious favorite in the sportsbook. Both sides are in a back-to-back and the Avs are 9-3 in that role while the Preds are 6-6.
The concern here is who will be in net? Before making your NHL picks, double-check the situation.
The early report is that Saros won’t be in net and that Kevin Lankinen will start for Nashville. For the Avs, it’s likely Pavel Francouz. Remember, it’s a back-to-back and both team’s better starters were in net on Thursday night.
That being the case, go over the number. Francouz has allowed at least three goals in four of his last seven outings and has been shaky all season. Lankinen has been more reliable but the Avs will be motivated here, so they should get a handful of goals, too. Bet the over.
Colorado is listed at -225 in our Vegas lines. So, if you wager $100 on the Avalanche, there’s a chance to win $44. Nashville is +185 with a chance to win $185 on a $100 wager.
The implied probability attached to the betting lines gives the Avalanche a 69.23% chance to win, with the Predators at 35.09%.