The NHL is set for nine games of NHL action on Tuesday night. It will be a busy night as there are plenty of exciting matchups set up for November 27. One of those matchups will be between the Colorado Avalanche and the Nashville Predators. Both teams have been off to a strong start this season, which should provide a close game on Tuesday night.
Colorado has started out the new season with a record of 13-6-4, which currently has them in a tie for second place in the Central Division with the Minnesota Wild. The Avalanche are coming into Tuesday night’s game on a four-game winning streak. Colorado has won six of their last seven games. The Avalanche will look to ride this momentum to a tough road win against Nashville.
The Predators have gone 17-6-1 to begin the season. Nashville is tied with the Tampa Bay Lightning for the top seed in the NHL this season. The Predators have been tough to slow down this entire season. Nashville comes into Friday night’s matchup after a win against Anaheim on Sunday night. Nashville has won three of their last four.
Colorado and Nashville will meet for the second time this season on Tuesday night. The Avalanche and Predators will meet two more times on January 21 and February 23. These two teams are both near the top of the Central Division, which should lead to a tightly contested matchup on November 27.
The Avalanche and the Predators met four times in the regular season last season. Nashville ended up sweeping the season series 4-0. Colorado ended up meeting with the Predators in the first round of the playoffs. Nashville was able to take care of the Avalanche in a six-game series. The Avalanche will look to enact a little revenge with a win in Nashville on Tuesday night.
Colorado hosted the first game of this season’s series on November 7. The Avalanche saw Matt Calvert score their only goal. Colton Sissons had a natural hat trick, while Ryan Hartman added an empty-netter to give Nashville the win. Pekka Rinne stopped 24 of the 25 shots he faced in route to a 4-1 win for the Predators.
Nashville has won their last eleven regular season games against the Avalanche. Colorado’s last win against the Predators in the regular season came on March 28, 2016. The Avalanche will look to try and find a way to end that losing streak with a win on Tuesday night. Colorado has been playing really well recently and I believe they have a chance to pull off the upset.
Colorado has avoided most injury problems up until this point of the season. The Avalanche are only missing Conor Timmins, who has been out since before the season started. Colorado will look to use their healthy lineup to try and get a leg up on Nashville.
The Predators have had some more issues with injuries this season. Nashville will be without Kyle Turris and Viktor Arvidsson on Tuesday night. The Predators could have a huge return in the lineup as P.K. Subban could be back for Tuesday night’s game. If Subban is not back against the Avalanche, he should be back later this week.
The Avalanche have been one of the top teams in terms of special teams this season. Colorado has posted one of the top power plays, scoring at a rate of 30 percent. The Avalanche have been able to stop their opponents’ power plays about 20.5 percent of the time, which is slightly above the league average.
Nashville has struggled throughout the season on the power play. The Predators have scored on 15 percent of their power play opportunities, which is near the bottom of the league. Nashville has put up an 82 percent penalty kill this season. The Predators will need their penalty kill to continue to slow teams down if they want to keep Colorado’s power play off the scoreboard.
Colorado has the step up on the Predators in special teams. The Avalanche have been above average on the penalty kill, and near the top of the league on the power play. Nashville has seen plenty of struggles throughout the season on the power play.
I believe that Semyon Varlamov will get the nod in net for Colorado on Tuesday night. Varlamov has posted a record of 8-5-2 in his 15 starts this season. He has a save percentage of .926 and a 2.34 GAA this season. Varlamov has been really good this season and I believe he could slow down the Predators offense.
Nashville will likely start Pekka Rinne in net on Tuesday night. Rinne has posted a .942 save percentage and a GAA of 1.68. He has been almost perfect for the Predators this season, posting a 10-2-1 record this season. This game could be a real tightly contested low scoring contest.
Colorado will look to go steal a win on the road in Nashville on Tuesday night. It has been a while since the Avalanche has been able to beat the Predators during the regular season. I believe that Colorado has a good chance to pull off the upset on Tuesday night. The Avalanche have fewer injuries and are doing much better on special teams. This could give them the step up on Nashville.
BetOnline has the Predators listed as a -148 against the spread. This implies that Nashville will win this game 60 percent of the time. The Predators are really good, but Colorado has been playing really well as of recently. I believe there is a lot of value on the Avalanche in Tuesday night’s matchup. I am taking the road underdog.