Nashville Predators at Colorado Avalanche - 5/5/22 NHL Picks and Prediction

Nashville Predators at Colorado Avalanche - 5/5/22 NHL Picks and Prediction Photo by Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Colorado Avalanche (57-19-7) vs Nashville Predators (45-31-7)

Game Info: Thursday, May 5, 2022 at 9:30 pm (Ball Arena)

Betting Odds: Colorado Avalanche -333 / Nashville Predators +257 --- Over/Under: 6.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Colorado Avalanche host the Nashville Predators in Thursday NHL Playoff Action.

The Nashville Predators come into this road playoff contest trailing the Avalanche 1-0, in this Western Conference matchup. On the season, they have found the net 262 times, good for a rank of 12th among NHL teams. Heading into the game, Nashville is the 16th-ranked defensive team, allowing opponents to score at an average rate of 3.09 goals per game. So far, the Predators have a strength of schedule rating of 14th in the league. When diving into their opponent-adjusted scoring margin, they come into this game as the 15th-ranked team in the NHL.

The Colorado Avalanche get set to host the Nashville Predators looking for a repeat of their 5-2 win over the Predators in game 1. Through 81 games, the Avalanche have scored 311 goals, giving them an average of 3.8. This output gives them a rank of 2nd among NHL teams. On defense, Colorado is the 7th ranked unit, giving up 2.86 goals per contest. So far, the Avalanche have played the 26th toughest schedule in the league. And, when taking into account Colorado's scoring margin relative to the quality of their competition, they come in with a power ranking of 3rd in the NHL.

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Through 81 games, the Nashville Predators' leading goal scorer is Matt Duchene. With his 43 assists, he is the second in overall points, coming in at 86. On the season, he is turning 18.9% of his shots into goals. In addition, the Predators have benefited from the strong play of Roman Josi, who is the team's overall leader in points. In Nashville's 81 games, he has come up with 23 goals on a shooting percentage of 8.2%. While on the ice, his offensive production has led to a plus-minus rating of 13.0. Nashville's top goalie is Juuse Saros, who is giving up an average of 2.64 goals per game. In his 67 games played, he has turned in 43 quality starts, giving him a quality start percentage above the league average.

Through 75 games, the Colorado Avalanche's goal and overall scoring leader is Mikko Rantanen, with 92 points. He has reached his mark of 36 goals, on a shooting percentage of 14.2%. So far, 44.0% of his goals have come during power play time. Behind him is Nathan MacKinnon, who has 56 assists to go along with his 32 goals. While on the ice, his offensive production has led to a plus-minus rating of +22. Colorado's top goalie is Darcy Kuemper, who is giving up an average of 2.54 goals per game. In his 57 games played, he has turned in 32 quality starts, giving him a quality start percentage above the league average.

In Nashville's 81 games, the over has hit in over half of their games, going 49-33. So far, taking the over when the Predators are playing away from home has been a good bet with an over-under record of 30-11. On the season, 60.0% of Nashville's games have gone for at least 6 goals or more, with 51.0% of the scoring coming from the Predators. In Colorado's 81 games, the over has hit in over half of their games, going 44-36-2. So far, taking the over when the Avalanche are playing at home has been a good bet with an over-under record of 22-18-1. On the season, 60.0% of Colorado's games have gone for at least 6 goals or more, with 57% of the scoring coming from the Avalanche. With an over-under line set at 6.5 goals, look for this matchup to once again go over this line. I see Colorado still having another big scoring night, with Nashville contributing more scoring in game 2.

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