According to oddsmakers, the Predators vs Avalanche 2022 NHL Playoffs series is the most one-sided series in the first round. After the season the Colorado Avalanche just put together, one could probably argue they should be even more heavily favored against a Nashville Predators team that backed its way into the postseason by losing five of their last seven games to end the regular season.
The Predators will also be without their workhorse Juuse Saros to begin the series. Saros started an NHL season-high 67 games for the Predators, but he was forced to turn over the reigns just a week ago due to a lower-body injury.
Let’s take a look at the betting odds and season history for the series, and give our Predators vs Avalanche NHL Playoffs prediction.
Predators vs Avalanche NHL Playoff Series Preview and Stream
NHL Playoffs Round 1
Predators vs Avalanche
Venue: Bridgestone Arena – Nashville, TN / Ball Arena – Denver, CO
Coverage: ESPN / TNT
Predators vs Avalanche Record | Regular Season History
Looking at the regular season Predators vs Avalanche results may surprise a lot of people. For the most part, the Avalanche dismantled almost every team in the league. The Predators, however, managed to win three in a row against Colorado, including an overtime victory and a shootout that took place just five days ago. Rittich was in net for the most recent win, making 42 saves in that game. The Predators were also one of the only teams to outscore the Avalanche in their respective regular season series, eclipsing them by one goal – 17 to 16.
Is a 3-1 record and one goal advantage enough to give Predators fans real hope in this series? Likely not, but it is certainly something to hold onto.
Predators vs Avalanche NHL Playoff Series Betting Odds
Moneyline: NSH: (+475) | COL: (-650)
Series Total Games: 5.5 — Over: (-130) | Under: (-110) / 6.5 — Over: (+275) | Under: (-450)
Series Spread: NSH: +1.5 (+170) | COL: -1.5 (-250) / NSH: -1.5 (+700) | COL: +1.5 (-1600)
Public Betting via Action Network: NSH: (10%) | COL: (90%)
Odds to Win Stanley Cup: NSH: (+4000) | COL: (+300)
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Predators vs Avalanche NHL Playoff Series Keys to Victory
Nashville Predators: The Predators are very average in almost every stat that matters. It will take much more than that to beat the Avalanche four times in seven games. Nashville will have to play a very clean series. You cannot give the Avalanche more chances than the ones they already create for themselves. This may prove difficult for the Predators, as they average 12.6 penalty minutes per game, the most in the NHL. Their only hope is to steal a game in Colorado and then pray Saros comes back 100% healthy and ready to stand on his head.
Colorado Avalanche: Shots on goal early and often will be the key to success for Colorado. They have one of the deepest rosters in recent memory and can score from anywhere on the ice. Keeping Cale Makar involved is an absolute must. He opens up space for everyone else on the ice and has one of the most precise shots you’ll ever see from a defender.
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Predators vs Avalanche NHL Playoff Series Prediction
There is typically at least one sweep in the opening round of the NHL Playoffs, and this Predators vs Avalanche series seems the most likely. Everything is stacked against the Predators, and it is just a matter of time before the flood gates open and the Avalanche consume them. One of the first two games in Colorado will likely result in a blowout. The Avalanche are not a team to rest on their laurels. They will come ready to play and expecting to win this series in four games. We recommend you take the series total under 5.5, with a little sprinkle on the Avalanche to sweep.
Our NHL betting Predators vs Avalanche playoff prediction will be Series Total Games Under 5.5 at BetUS.
Predators vs Avalanche Prediction and NHL Playoffs Picks
Series Total Games – u5.5 (-110) / Exact Games Played – 4 (+325)
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