How to Bet Avalanche at Predators Game 5 NHL Lines & Preview
The Nashville Predators won in Denver in Game 4 against the Avalanche to take a commanding 3-1 series lead. Now the Predators, favored to win the Stanley Cup at MyBookie, can book a trip to the conference semifinals with a win back home on Friday. Expect them to get it, as Nashville is the NHL lines favorite to win in Game 5 vs. Colorado.
Avalanche at Predators NHL Lines & Game 5 Info – April 20th
When: Friday, 9:30 PM ET
Where: Bridgestone Arena, Nashville
TV: NBC Sports Network
Radio: 950 AM (Colorado) / 102.5 FM (Nashville)
Opening NHL Lines: Predators -350, Avalanche +280 (6)
Why Bet on Colorado’s NHL Lines?
I honestly wouldn’t – this series is over and the Avalanche now will be on their third-string goalie. After winning Game 3 5-3 at home, the Avs lost 3-2 on Wednesday. Gabriel Landeskog found the back of the net in the loss.
The Avalanche went into the third period trailing 3-0, but they managed to close the gap thanks to goals by Landeskog and Alexander Kerfoot. Colorado had a couple of chances to tie the game late, but they were never able to. Landeskog finished the night with a two penalty minutes, one shot on goal and seven hits in 23:37 of ice time. Kerfoot has now scored in two of his last three games. The 23-year-old has two points in four games during the series. Colorado played without defenseman Samuel Girard. He missed a third straight game with an upper-body injury. He’s not likely for Friday.
Meanwhile, Jonathan Bernier suffered a lower-body injury in Wednesday’s loss. Andrew Hammond was between the pipes to start the third period. The Avs are down to their third-string netminder now that Semyon Varlamov and Bernier are both out. Bernier turned aside 23 of 26 shots in the defeat. He now has a 1-3 record with a 3.87 goals-against-average and a .883 save percentage this postseason.
Who Will Replace Bernier in Game 5?
Bernier won’t start Game 5 – Hammond will. He only played in one other game this entire season for the Avalanche, in late March against Philadelphia. Hammond, a former Ottawa Senator, has a 3.00 GAA and .921 save percentage in three career postseason games. After a phenomenal rookie season in which the “Hamburglar” posted a 20-1 record with a 1.79 goals against average, his production and playing time declined in 2016 and 2017. No one wanted him this season.
The 30-year-old said he’s excited for his second start of the season and the chance to play “meaningful hockey” with the Avalanche down 3-1 in the first round.
Why Bet on Nashville’s NHL Lines?
After scoring the first goal in the opening three games of the series, the Avalanche were on their heels from the get-go in Game 4 as the Predators rolled to a 3-0 lead after two periods and then held on.
Filip Forsberg picked up a goal and an assist in Wednesday’s win. Forsberg opened the scoring in the first period when he went around Duncan Siemens before beating Jonathan Bernier. He then added the primary assist on Colton Sissons’ tally in the second frame to make it 2-0 for Nashville. Forsberg finished the night with a plus-1 rating and three shots on goal in 15:24 of ice time. The 23-year-old has three goals and five points in four games this postseason.
Sissons finished the night with a plus-1 rating, four penalty minutes and three shots on goal in 15:18 of ice time. The 24-year-old has scored a goal in three of the four games in this series. He’s up to three goals and five points in four games this postseason.
Who Well Has Sissons Done This Season?
Sissons had 27 points (nine goals, 18 assists) in 81 games in the regular season, each an NHL career high. But his offensive output against the Avalanche isn’t his first breakout playoff performance. After centers Ryan Johansen and Mike Fisher were injured ahead of Game 5 of the 2017 Western Conference Finals against the Ducks, Sissons moved onto the top line. He responded with an assist in Game 5 and a hat trick in Game 6 to help Nashville advance to its first Stanley Cup Finals.
After being pulled from Game 4, Pekka Rinne turned aside 31 of 33 shots in Game 5. The win improves Rinne’s record to 3-1 this postseason. He’ll head into Game 5 with a 3.52 goals-against-average and a .886 save percentage this season.
Nashville will be missing one forward in Ryan Hartman. He was suspended one game for an illegal check to the head of Avalanche forward Carl Soderberg in Game 4. The incident occurred 4:42 into the third period. Hartman was penalized for charging at 4:52, and Soderberg left the game. Hartman has one goal in the series, averaging 11:11 of ice time. He had 31 points (11 goals, 20 assists) in 78 games with the Chicago Blackhawks and Predators during the regular season.
Latest NHL Betting Trends
- Colorado is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games
- Colorado is 2-6 SU in its last 8 games
- The total has gone OVER in 5 of Colorado’s last 6 games
- Nashville is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games when playing Colorado
- Nashville is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
- The total has gone OVER in 5 of Nashville’s last 6 games
Expert NHL Betting Prediction
A third-string goalie against the powerful Preds? No chance. Take Nashville’s puckline in the NHL lines.