Colorado Avalanche vs. Nashville Predators Game 4 Prediction, NHL Odds

Jordan Ramsay | Updated May 09, 2022

The Nashville Predators will be in danger of being swept in a playoff series for the first time in franchise history when they host the Colorado Avalanche on Monday.

Colorado
56-19-5-2
AT
May 09, 2022, 9:30 PM ET
Bridgestone Arena
Nashville
45-30-5-2
Puckline -1.5 -106
Moneyline -259
Over / Under o +6.5

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Puckline +1.5 -114
Moneyline +215
Over / Under u +6.5

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Betting Action

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Is it time to get the brooms out for the Colorado Avalanche on Monday?  After thumping Nashville 7-3 in Game 3 on Saturday, the Avs have a chance to sweep their first-round playoff series against the Predators when the teams meet for Game 4 in Music City on Monday.

Colorado is a -259 favourite to win on the NHL odds, with a total of 6.5.

Avalanche vs. Predators NHL Playoffs Betting Odds

Nashville won three of four regular season meetings this year, but the Avalanche are getting the last laugh in the playoffs with a 3-0 series lead.  It’s been a high scoring head-to-head between these teams as the total has gone Over in six of seven total meetings this year.

Colorado’s Game 3 victory was just their first win in their last five road games.  It’s no surprise, however, that this high scoring team has hit the Over in four of their last six games, including two of three this series.  The Avalanche have improved to massive -10000 favourites to win the series.  The favoured exact series result is a Colorado sweep at -250.

The Predators are in a tough spot and have now dropped seven of their last eight games.  The total has also gone Over in seven of those eight games as well as five of their last six at home.  Nashville is a +1327 underdog to complete the unlikely series comeback.

Colorado Avalanche

Colorado did what it does best in Game 3 and that’s put pucks in the net.  The Avalanche dealt with the loss of goalie Darcy Kuemper by firing seven pucks into the Nashville net on Saturday.  Nathan MacKinnon, Gabriel Landeskog, Nazem Kadri and Artturi Lehkonen all scored power play goals, while Landeskog added another at even strength and Devon Toews and Valeri Nichushkin had third period snipes.  Cale Makar had three assists and Landeskog also had two helpers.  The Avalanche’s power play finished went 4 for 5.  Colorado’s offence has recorded two seven-goal games in the series as the Avs have outscored the Predators a combined 16-6 across three games.

Kuemper’s status is up in the air for Game 4.  The Avalanche netminder was forced out of Game 3 late in the first period after the blade of a stick somehow made it through his facemask and injured his right eye.  Colorado coach Jared Bednar said the injury is not serious and Kuemper will play if the swelling in his eye goes down before Game 4.  Kuemper is 2-0 with a 1.63 goals-against average and .934 save percentage in this series.  If he doesn’t go on Monday, backup Pavel Francouz will get the nod.  Francouz stopped 18 of 20 shots faced in relief in Game 3.

Nashville Predators

It’s clear the loss of No. 1 netminder Juuse Saros has been the downfall of this Nashville team.  Saros, one of the top goalies in the NHL during the regular season, has missed all three games of the series after suffering a lower-body injury days before the playoffs.  The Predators started David Rittich in Game 1, but he was pulled after allowing five goals on 13 shots.  Rookie Connor Ingram has at least given Nashville a chance to win, making 49 saves in Game 2 and 35 in Game 3.  He’ll be in line for the start again on Monday.

Roman Josi, Matt Duchene and Eeli Tolvanen scored for the Predators in Game 3, while Alexandre Carrier had two assists.  Duchene has had a productive series against the team that drafted him third overall in 2009, scoring three goals in three games.  Nashville will need more of that productive in Game 4 as they look to avoid being swept in a playoff series for the first time in franchise history.  This is the first time the Predators have trailed 0-3 in 15 postseason appearances.

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