Predators vs. Avalanche: Game 4 Prediction, NHL Playoff Odds

Payton Matthews | Updated Apr 17, 2018

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The Colorado Avalanche finally ended a long losing streak to the Nashville Predators with a Game 3 victory in their first-round playoff series. Could the eighth-seeded Avs pull another upset Wednesday in Denver to even things up?

Nashville
53-18-4-7
AT
April 18, 2018, 10:00 PM ET
Pepsi Center
Colorado
43-30-8-1
Puckline -1.5 +150
Moneyline -185
Over / Under o +6

69%

Betting Action

31%

Puckline +1.5 -175
Moneyline +160
Over / Under u +6

69%

Betting Action

31%

There will be no sweeps in the 1 vs. 8 matchups in the Stanley Cup playoffs this year. Last year, Nashville was involved in one in the Western Conference, as a No. 8 upsetting No. 1 Chicago. The No. 1 Predators rallied to win the first two games of this year’s series against the No. 8 Avalanche in Nashville, but Colorado’s 5-3 home victory on Monday assures at least a Game 5 back in Nashville. Another victory Wednesday, and the Avalanche are guaranteed one more home game.

Predators vs Avalanche Stanley Cup Playoffs Betting Analysis

Before Game 3, Nashville was -5000 on the series line and is now -1429. Colorado has shifted from +900 to +600. The favoured exact series results remains Predators in five at +135. The Avalanche’s shortest odds are in seven at +800. The Preds are +185 favourites to win the West and at +375 for the Stanley Cup. The Avs are +2500 and +4500, respectively.

The Predators are 6-1 in their past seven meetings in Denver. The total has gone over in seven of the past nine there.

Nashville Predators

If there’s one glaring issue for the Presidents’ Trophy winners thus far, it’s getting off to slow starts in this series. Nashville was down 1-0 after one in both Games 1-2. Game 3 was over after one with the Predators trailing 3-0. Pekka Rinne might be the best goaltender in the world, but he was chased early in the second after allowing four goals on 15 shots – no, there is no goalie controversy on this team. Rinne will be back in there. Ryan Johansen scored his second goal of the series in Monday’s loss, Colton Sissons his second and Austin Watson his third. Nashville, which had won eight straight conference quarterfinal games, was 1-for-3 on the power play and killed off all five Avalanche chances, so that’s a positive.

Colorado Avalanche

Colorado ended a 12-game losing streak against Nashville with Monday’s victory. Any shot this team has of pulling the series upset is for superstar Nathan MacKinnon to play out of his mind, and he was the No. 1 star in Game 3 with two goals. He now has five points in the series. Gabriel Landeskog added a goal and two assists. Jonathan Bernier stopped 29 shots. Defenceman Samuel Girard missed Game 3 with an upper-body injury. The winning team has scored five goals in each game this series. Colorado is simply a different team at home, going 28-11-2 there this season and tying a team record with 10 straight victories there earlier this year. That streak ended Feb. 18 in a 4-2 loss to Edmonton.

Predators vs. Avalanche Game 4 Prediction

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