Nashville Predators vs. Colorado Avalanche - 2/29/20 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Colorado Avalanche (38-18-7) at Nashville Predators (32-23-8)
NHL Hockey: Saturday, February 29, 2020 at 7:00 pm (Bridgestone Arena)
The Line: Nashville Predators / Colorado Avalanche --- Over/Under:
The Colorado Avalanche and Nashville Predators meet Saturday in NHL action at the Bridgestone Arena.
The Colorado Avalanche look for another win to build on their five-game winning streak. The Colorado Avalanche are averaging 3.5 goals per game and are scoring on 18.5 percent of their power play opportunities. Nathan MacKinnon leads Colorado with 33 goals, Cale Makar has 33 assists and Gabriel Landeskog has 120 shots on goal. Defensively, the Colorado Avalanche are allowing 2.7 goals per game and are killing 79.8 percent of their opponents power plays. Philipp Grubauer has allowed 90 goals on 1,067 shots and Pavel Francouz has allowed 56 goals on 771 shots. The Colorado Avalanche have allowed three or less goals in 12 of their last 13 games.
The Nashville Predators look to stay hot after winning six of their last eight games. The Nashville Predators are averaging 3.1 goals per game and are scoring on 15.9 percent of their power play opportunities. Filip Forsberg leads Nashville with 18 goals, Roman Josi has 43 assists and Craig Smith has 161 shots on goal. Defensively, the Nashville Predators are allowing 3.2 goals per game and are killing 73.8 percent of their opponents power plays. Pekka Rinne has given up 97 goals on 973 shots faced and Juuse Saros has allowed 88 goals on 932 shots. The Nashville Predators have allowed three or more goals in 10 of their last 16 games.
The Avalanche are 3-7 in the last 10 meetings in Nashville and 5-16 in the last 21 meetings. The road team is 7-1 in the last 8 meetings. The favorite is 36-15 in the last 51 meetings. The over is 15-6-1 in the last 22 meetings in Nashville. The under is 7-1 in the last 8 meetings.
The Colorado Avalanche have been as consistent as they come and have run into another hot streak, but they're on the end of a back to back and playing a team that's owned them over the years. The Nashville Predators have lost the last two games against the Avalanche, but they've also won 76.1 percent of the last 21 meetings. Given the history, the improved play of the Nashville Predators and the rest advantage, I have to lean toward the home team in this intriguing matchup.