Nashville Predators vs. Colorado Avalanche Game 2 Prediction, NHL Odds

Jordan Ramsay | Updated May 04, 2022

After a five-goal first period in Game 1 against the Nashville Predators, the Colorado Avalanche will look to get off to another fast start in Game 2 on Thursday.

Nashville
45-30-5-2
AT
May 05, 2022, 9:30 PM ET
Pepsi Center
Colorado
56-19-5-2
Puckline +1.5 +128
Moneyline +307
Over / Under o +6.5

12%

Betting Action

88%

Puckline -1.5 -154
Moneyline -376
Over / Under u +6.5

12%

Betting Action

88%

The Colorado Avalanche and Nashville Predators played three periods in Game 1 of their first-round playoff series on Tuesday, but they only really needed one.  The Avalanche led 5-0 heading into the first intermission and eventually ended the game with a 7-2 victory.  The teams will meet for Game 2 in Denver on Thursday.

Colorado is a heavy -374 favourite to win on the NHL odds, with a total of 6.5.

Predators vs. Avalanche NHL Playoffs Betting Odds

Game 1 was a different tale between these teams as the Predators won three of four games in the regular season series.  One consistent theme in this overall head-to-head is high scoring affairs, with the Over hitting in all five games this year.

Nashville skidded into the playoffs and they’ve now dropped five of their last six games.  They’re 44-39 against the spread this year, including 24-18 ATS on the road.  The total has gone Over in the Predators’ last six games overall and 15 of their last 17 on the road.

Colorado capitalized on home ice in Game 1 after going 32-5-4 at Ball Arena in the regular season, the second-best home record in the NHL.  They’re 40-43 ATS overall, including 23-19 ATS at home.  The total has gone Over in four of the Avalanche’s last six games overall and four of their last five at home.

The Avs are now massive -1667 favourites to win this series after heading into Game 1 at -667.  The Preds have been bumped from +373 series underdogs before Game 1 to +922 heading into Game 2.

Nashville Predators

It looked like the loss of starting goaltender Jusse Saros could be a factor heading into this series and after Game 1 it’s clear that will be the case.  Nashville ruled Saros out for at least Games 1 and 2 after the star netminder injured his leg in the last week of the regular season.  David Rittich got the start for Game 1 in place of Saros and was pulled after allowing five goals on 13 shots in the first period.  Rookie Connor Ingram settled things down in the Predators’ crease, making 30 saves on 32 shots.  Ingram has only started three career NHL games, but it’s tough to think he hasn’t earned the nod for Game 2.

One positive to take away from Game 1 for Nashville was the performance of Matt Duchene.  After setting career-highs in goals (43) and points (86) during the regular season, the former Avalanche third overall draft pick carried his success into the playoffs and scored both Predators goals.  Nashville, however, was outshot in all three periods, leading to a 45-25 shot margin for the game.  Defenceman Roman Josi, who led the team with 96 points (23G, 73A) in the regular season, was held pointless in Game 1 and finished the night minus-1.

The Predators are 0-7 when starting a best-of-7 series with a road loss.

Colorado Avalanche

After a rocky last week of the regular season, Colorado stepped on the gas in Game 1.  Nathan MacKinnon and Devon Toews each scored to put the Avs ahead less than three minutes into the game.  Colorado’s five-goal first period tied the franchise playoff record.  MacKinnon added a second goal in the third period, while Andrew Cogliano, Cale Makar, Artturi Lehkonen and Gabriel Landeskog also scored.  MacKinnon finished the night with three points and raised his playoff points per game average to 1.41.  With a minimum of 40 games, MacKinnon’s average trails only Wayne Gretzky (1.84) and Mario Lemieux (1.61).

Darcy Kuemper finished with 23 saves for the Avalanche and will start Game 2 on his 32nd birthday.  Cogliano is questionable to play Game 2 after leaving Tuesday’s contest with an upper-body injury.  It’s unclear if Cogliano suffered a serious injury, or if Colorado kept him out for precautionary reasons because of the blowout score.

Since moving to Denver for the 1995-96 season, the Avalanche are 17-6 in a best-of-7 series when winning the first game.

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