Nashville Predators vs. Colorado Avalanche NHL Game 2 Pick – May 5

Following a convincing Game 1 blowout by a 7-2 score-line, the Colorado Avalanche will look to continue that pace in Game 2 when they host a banged-up Nashville Predators side.

The Preds were always going to have their hands full with Colorado, one of the league’s top teams in most 5v5 metrics, but after losing star goalie Juuse Saros on the eve of the playoffs, it’s only magnified their issues. David Rittich was awful in Game 1 for Nashville, and look for the Preds to turn to Connor Ingram against the Avs in Game 2.

Colorado holds a decisive advantage over Nashville in virtually every position, and it showed. They’re deeper and more talented both up front, and along their blue-line, and Darcy Kuemper has proven to be steady in goal for Colorado.

Nashville is also expected to be a bit shorthanded on their defense as well, likely entering this contest without steady defender, Jeremy Lauzon. The Preds know they can be better, but whether or not they can be good enough to take a game away from home, well that’s something that’s very up in the air. Of all the playoff series right now in the NHL, this seems most likely to be a sweep. Nashville looked overwhelmed in Game 1, despite having a good veteran presence. It’ll be up to them to turn the tide in Game 2, as they enter with huge underdog prices attached to their names.

With the Avalanche having continually failed in recent post-seasons, it’s clear that a real emphasis on having that ‘killer instinct’ is something that this team has urged in the early goings of this post-season. With the Avs feeling some real urgency, it should make Game 2 an exciting watch, and we’ve got all of your betting needs and analysis below. Keep reading on beneath the posted odds for up-to-date odds on this heavyweight tilt between Colorado and Nashville in a big-time Game 2 showdown.

Colorado Avalanche vs. Nashville Predators Live Odds & Betting History

Betting odds provided by BOVADA

Spread:

  • Nashville Predators +1.5 (+105)
  • Colorado Avalanche -1.5 (-125)
Moneyline:

  • Nashville Predators (+285)
  • Colorado Avalanche (-350)
Total Points:

  • Over 6.5 (-130)
  • Under 6.5 (+110)
TEAM DATA PREDATORS AVALANCHE
Overall Record 45-31-7 57-19-7
ATS Record 44-39 40-43
Home/Away Record 20-17-3 33-5-7
Goals Per Game 3.2 3.9
Goals Against Per Game 3.0 2.8
Shots On Goal Per Game 29.9 35.3
Power Play % 24.8 24.4
Penalty Kill % 79.4 79.5

Nashville Predators vs. Colorado Avalanche Game 2 Prediction:

Despite Nashville’s veteran talent up front, it was hardly shown in a lopsided Game 1 outing. The Preds looked overmatched from the get-go against a boisterous Colorado crowd, and the Avs easily rode that momentum to a 7-2 drubbing. David Rittich was terrible in goal, and Connor Ingram will get a chance to stymie this high-powered offense in Game 2. Good luck! Ingram enters with a 2.70 GAA and a .915 SV% this year in the AHL, and the youngster only has four career starts in the NHL.

That should be welcome news to a Colorado squad that isn’t keen on showing any teams mercy. Prior playoff failures still loom large for this group, and look for Colorado to be able to pick up where they left off. There’s a huge talent disparity between these teams, and Nashville’s defensive approach is contingent upon having the usual steady goaltending of Juuse Saros. Without that backbone in goal, it’s all crumbling at the worst possible time.

Colorado put up nearly 50 shots on goal in Game 1, securing 56% of the expected goals at even strength, even though they definitely took their foot off the gas and rolled four lines in the final half of the game. The Preds continue also to take terrible penalties, and are one of the league’s most undisciplined teams. Colorado can and will feast on that once again in Game 2, as this talented power play held a conversion rate of 24.8% throughout the regular season. With an unproven Ingram in goal, expect the Avs to once again exceed their team total on Thursday night.

This is a tough spot for Nashville, and though you’d expect some sort of pushback, it’s hard to see that plan working out, given the skill and speed disparity between these two clubs. Colorado are a well-oiled machine at the moment, and will value the ability to close Nashville out early, preventing the chance from Saros returning to good form and health.

 

Avalanche vs. Predators Trends To Know:

  • Predators are 4-9 in their last 13 after scoring 2 goals or less in their previous game.
  • Predators are 1-4 in their last 5 games as an underdog.
  • Predators are 1-5 in their last 6 overall.
  • Predators are 0-4 in their last 4 Conference Quarterfinals games.
  • Avalanche are 9-1 in their last 10 Conference Quarterfinals games.
  • Avalanche are 53-11 in their last 64 games as a home favorite.
  • Over is 6-0 in Predators last 6 overall.
  • Over is 4-0 in Avalanche last 4 Conference Quarterfinals games.
  • Home team is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings.

 

Expect another high-octane offensive explosion from one of the NHL’s hottest groups in Colorado.  This is a decisive mismatch, and the current money-line and spread is actually coming in a tad short, despite the lofty juice attached to the Avs.  Colorado is hungry to put the Preds away early given their past post-season issues, and with Nashville banged-up, and on a third-string goalie, it’s hard to see Game 2 being competitive either.  Roll with the Avs in another romp.

 

Our Pick
Avalanche -1.5
Will S. / Author

Will has been working with The Sports Geek since its early days back in 2010. He began as a soccer specialist, focusing on detailed reports for major international competitions, including the World Cup and European Championships. Since then, he has produced weekly pick articles on both the NFL and English Premier League, while also contributing blog posts on the NHL, MLB, and even WWE wrestling. Will is also an avid sports bettor and daily fantasy player, always eager to share his thoughts and insight on anything going on in the world of sports.

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