Colorado Avalanche vs. Nashville Predators Game 3 Prediction, NHL Odds

Jordan Ramsay | Updated May 06, 2022

After a 49-save effort in his first career playoff start on Thursday, rookie Connor Ingram will get the nod in net again for the Nashville Predators when they host the Colorado Avalanche in Game 3 on Saturday.

Colorado
56-19-5-2
AT
May 07, 2022, 4:30 PM ET
Bridgestone Arena
Nashville
45-30-5-2
Puckline -1.5 +100
Moneyline -254
Over / Under o +6.5

75%

Betting Action

25%

Puckline +1.5 -121
Moneyline +210
Over / Under u +6.5

75%

Betting Action

25%

It was a tale of two games between Game 1 and Game 2 of this first-round playoff series between the Colorado Avalanche and Nashville Predators, although it ended with the same result.  After blowing out the Preds 7-2 in Game 1 on Monday, Colorado was pushed to the brink in Game 2 on Thursday, eventually winning the game 2-1 in overtime.  The series shifts to Nashville for Game 3 on Saturday.

The Avalanche come into Game 3 as -236 favourites to win on the NHL odds, with a total of 6.5.

Avalanche vs. Predators NHL Betting Odds

Thursday’s matchup was the third time in six total meetings between these teams this year to need extra time to solve.  Colorado leads 2-0 in the playoff series, but it was actually the Predators who won three of four regular season meetings.  Game 2 was also the first meeting between the teams this year to finish Under the total.

After stumbling near the end of the regular season, the Avs improved to 12-6 straight up over their last 18 games.  This is a high scoring team, but it’s worth noting that four of Colorado’s last five road games have gone Under.  The Avalanche are massive -5000 favourites to win this series.  They’re also +100 favourites to win the Western Conference.

It’s been a struggle for the Preds as they have dropped six of their last seven games and enter Game 2 in an 0-2 hole in this series.  High scoring games have been a theme as Nashville has hit the Over in six of their last seven games overall and four of their last five at home.  The Predators are +1328 underdogs to win this series and they have the longest odds to win the Western Conference by far at +7500.

Colorado Avalanche

After the offence exploded in game 1, it was goaltender Darcy Kuemper‘s turn to step up in Game 2, although he didn’t face an overwhelming amount of shots.  Kuemper made 19 saves through regulation and another six in overtime to backstop the Avs to a win on his 32nd birthday.  Nathan MacKinnon scored on the first shot of the game, while Cale Makar was the overtime hero.  MacKinnon has four points (3G, 1A) through two games of this series and 73 points (31G, 42A) in 52 career playoff games.  Colorado outshot Nashville 51-26 overall, including 21-4 in the second period alone.  The Avalanche thought they scored near the end of the second period, but Valeri Nichushkin‘s goal was called back because Artturi Lehkonen fell on Nashville’s goalie, Connor Ingram.

The physical intensity escalated in Game 2 as the teams combined for 110 hits.  It wasn’t a great power play night, however, as the teams were a combined 0 for 8 with the man advantage.  Since moving to Denver, the Avalanche are 14-2 in a best-of-seven playoff series when winning the first two games.

Nashville Predators

The Predators had a solid first period in Game 2 and outshot the Avs 11-8 in the frame, but couldn’t sustain the pressure for the rest of the game.  Yakov Trenin had Nashville’s lone goal, while Ingram had a monster 49-save effort in net.  The 25-year-old rookie is starting in place of the injured Juuse Saros, who is out with a lower-body injury.  Ingram, who relived David Rittich after a disastrous Game 1 performance, will get the start again in Game 3.  With only three career regular season NHL starts under his belt, Ingram spent most of this season with AHL Milwaukee, posting a 30-17-9 record.

Roman Josi set up Trenin’s goal in Game 2, giving him 31 career postseason assists, which ties Ryan Ellis for the franchise record.  Josi and the rest of the Predators put their bodies on the line, blocking 34 Colorado shots.

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