Nashville Predators will take on Colorado Avalanche in Tuesday’s action of the NHL 2021-22 season. The home side enjoys a positive streak, and they want to extend it as long as possible. The visitors are on a hot run, and they look forward to keeping up where they left off.
Nashville returns home after three straight outings where they were very successful. They want to continue in the same fashion on the home ice and remain at the top of their division. On the other hand, Colorado has been very successful lately, and the visitors go to this match full of confidence.
Nashville Predators – Can they keep up where they left off?
The Predators can be satisfied with their campaign so far, as they sit on the top of the Central Division with a 23-11-2 record. They go to this match after being successful four times in a row, and Nashville is on the right track to secure the playoffs spot. Nashville has been pretty successful in its last three outings, which were everything but easy. The Preds celebrated a 4-2 victory over the Coyotes last time, despite Arizona’s 40 shots. Juuse Saros was excellent between the pipes, having a .950 save percentage in that match.
Roman Josi leads the Predators in the final third with 34 points, while Mikael Granlund has contributed with 32 points, including a team-high 27 assists. Filip Forsberg is Nashville’s top scorer with 18 goals while having 29 points, the same as Ryan Johansen. Matt Duchene is another player that reached a 30-point mark (31), while Tanner Jeannot has chipped in with 22 points. On the goal, Juuse Saros has been the first choice for the Preds so far with 29 appearances. He is allowing only 2.21 goals per contest on average and has a .929 save percentage.
Expected Line-Up: Juuse Saros, Mattias Ekholm, Alexandre Carrier, Tanner Jeannot, Matt Duchene, Mikael Granlund
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Colorado Avalanche – Will they celebrate another victory?
The Avalanche have enjoyed an excellent run lately, celebrating five times in a row. Colorado suffered just one defeat on the previous 11 occasions, and that streak launched them to the 3rd position in the Central Division. The visitors are at a 22-8-2 record, having four games in hand compared to their rivals. Colorado heads to this encounter after beating the Kraken 4-3, where Nicolas Aube-Kubel led them to success by scoring a brace.
Nazem Kadri has been the most dominant skater in the Avs offense, producing 46 points so far while being the best assistant at the same time with 33. Mikko Rantanen has contributed with 40 points, including a team-high 16 goals. Gabriel Landeskog, Nathan MacKinnon, and Cale Makar produced 31+ points each, while two other players chipped in with 24 points or more. On the other hand, Darcy Kuemper has spent most of the time between the pipes with 23 appearances. He has a .908 save percentage, allowing 2.77 goals per game.
Expected Line-Up: Darcy Kuemper, Samuel Girard, Cale Makar, Andre Burakovsky, Nathan MacKinnon, Mikko Rantanen
Expert Pick #1 – Predators to win (Inc. OT and Pen.) @+135
Although the Avs are running hot, they go to Nashville after a tough game against Seattle on Monday evening. Fatigue might impact their performance here, while the Preds have been excellent at home lately. I don’t want to miss the plus money odds on the home side here, as they bring great value. Give me the Predators as the first pick.
Expert Pick #2 – Over 6 @-115
Colorado has one of the best offenses in the NHL, while Nashville has also been pretty productive in the final third. The Over cashed in the majority of Avalanche’s games versus Central, while four of the last five Nashville’s matches went over the margin. Therefore, the Over will be my second bet.
Expert Pick #3 – Predators Over 3 @+105
The Predators scored at least three goals eight times in a row, while Colorado hasn’t been that tight in defense. Nashville could take advantage of the home ice to produce another high-scoring game and continue this streak.