Predators at Avalanche Game 4 NHL Betting Preview & Pick
The Nashville Predators were somewhat lucky to win the first two games of their Western Conference series at home vs. No. 8 Colorado. The Avalanche entered the second period leading in both as the NHL betting favorite. The Avs jumped out to another early lead in Game 3 and held on to end a 12-game losing streak to the Predators. Game 4 is Wednesday night, and oddsmakers expect Nashville to take a 3-1 series lead in the hockey odds.
Predators at Avalanche NHL Betting Odds & Game 4 Info – 2018 Playoffs
When: Wednesday, 10 PM ET
Where: Pepsi Center, Denver
TV: NBC Sports Network
Radio: 102.5 FM (Nashville) / 950 AM (Colorado)
Opening NHL Betting Lines: Predators -170, Avalanche +145 (6)
Why Bet on Nashville?
After scoring five goals in each of the first two games at home, the Preds lost 5-3 in Game 3 Monday. The Avalanche almost ran the Predators out of the rink, storming to a 3-0 lead by 18:07 of the first period, now having scored first in all three games of this series. It took Colorado 6:36 to open the scoring in Game 1, 2:34 in Game 2 and 1:50 in Game 3.
Austin Watson was a lone bright spot in scoring scored his team-leading third goal of the playoffs in the loss. Watson is tied for second in goal scoring in the postseason after he found the back of the net late in Game 3. He has scored a goal in each game of the series so far and he has added one assist for four points in three outings.
Ryan Ellis picked up a pair of assists. Ellis had the secondary helper on goals by Ryan Johansen (power play) and Colton Sissons in the contest. He didn’t have a point in the first two games.
What Happened to the Goalie in Game 3?
Pekka Rinne, maybe the best goalie in the world, got the hook in Game 3. Rinne was chased early in the second period after he allowed four goals on 15 shots. Colorado has scored four goals on Rinne in each of the last two games of the series, but this was their first victory. Juuse Saros stopped all 18 shots he faced in relief. It will be Rinne back in there for Game 4.
“We got what we deserved,” Roman Josi said. “We didn’t really show up the first period. Tonight, they were the better team in the first. … They’re a good team over there. If you don’t start well, they’re going to make you pay. They’re fast. If you don’t play well, we’re not going to have a chance. We have to talk about this one, put it in the trash and react the next game.”
Why Bet on Colorado?
The Avalanche raced to a 4-0 lead in Game 3, led by two goals from Nathan MacKinnon, to snap a 12-game losing streak against the Predators dating to April 5, 2016 (regular season and playoffs). MacKinnon recorded his first career multi-goal playoff game. He established career highs for goals, assists and points in 2017-18 (39-58—97), sharing the League lead with 12 game-winning tallies. Of his 97 points (39 goals, 58 assists), 67 of them (27 goals, 40 assists) during the regular season came at home. Colorado was 28-11-2 at Pepsi Center during the regular season.
Colorado scored three times in the opening frame, its most goals in the first period of a postseason game since Game 4 of the 2008 Conference Quarterfinals vs. Minnesota. Gabriel Landeskog notched one goal and two assists. Landeskog had the primary helper on both of MacKinnon’s goals and then he got credited with his second marker of the postseason late in the third period into an empty net. He was trying to get the puck to MacKinnon for his hat trick, but he was taken down on the play and awarded with the goal. The captain has collected five points in the last two playoff matches against Nashville.
Mikko Rantanen earned a pair of assists. Colorado’s top line, which features Rantanen, MacKinnon and Landeskog, combined for seven points.
What Did the Coach Have to Say?
“We felt pretty good coming out of those first two games,” said Avs coach Jared Bednar, whose team scored on its first shot in both games in Music City. “Our guys were ready to go right from the start tonight. Great energy in the building. Fans were awesome. Our guys were energized and we were on our toes and the aggressors early in that game and it paid off for us.”
Jonathan Bernier stopped 29 shots. Nashville turned up the pressure in the third period and got two goals on 14 shots, but the Avalanche and Bernier held strong to preserve the victory. Bernier has a 3.73 goals-against average and .883 save percentage in the postseason.
Samuel Girard (upper body) skated Tuesday in a no-contact jersey. After the session, Bednar said that Girard is still day-to-day, but the defenseman could be a possibility to play on Wednesday. Girard has missed the last two games.
Latest NHL Betting Trends
- Nashville is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
- The total has gone OVER in 5 of Nashville’s last 5 games
- Colorado is 16-8 ATS in its last 24 games
- Colorado is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games
- The total has gone OVER in 5 of Colorado’s last 5 games
Expert NHL Betting Prediction
Rinne almost never has back-to-back poor game. Take the Preds for a 3-1 series lead.