Nashville fans had a rude welcome to the 2022 NHL Playoffs and are simply hoping to be competitive in Game 2 of this Predators vs Avalanche series. Game 1 was over as soon as the puck dropped. The Avalanche scored twice in the first three minutes of the game and tallied five total first-period goals on their way to a 7-2 drumming on home ice. Colorado outshot the Predator by a whopping 20, which might just become the norm in this series. With Juuse Saros still sidelined, Nashville has no good option in net. They have elected to go with their third-string goaltender Connor Ingram, who did well in relief of Rittich on Tuesday, but he only played in four games all regular season.
Let’s take a look at the NHL Playoffs betting odds, trends and picks for the game and give our Predators vs Avalanche prediction.
Predators vs Avalanche NHL Betting Preview and Stream
NHL Playoffs Game 2 (COL Leads 1-0)
Nashville Predators (0-1, 0-1 Away) vs. Colorado Avalanche (1-0, 1-0 Home)
Date: May 5, 2022
Time: 9:30 PM EST
Venue: Ball Arena – Denver, CO
There is simply not much we can say to provide hope for Nashville fans and bettors for the remainder of this Predators vs Avalanche NHL Playoffs series. Colorado is the odds on Stanley Cup favorite for a reason, and it was on full display during Game 1. Now, Colorado faces a third-string goaltender, who they will likely make mincemeat out of. Even if Saros can come back healthy in Game 3 for the Predators, it will be too little too late.
You’d be hard-pressed to find any NHL team to beat the Avalanche in four of five games. Nashville is certainly at the bottom of the list of teams with a realistic chance to do so. Colorado probably won’t see another five-goal first period, but will end up winning big regardless.
Predators vs Avalanche NHL Betting Odds & Spread
Moneyline: NSH: (+310) | COL: (-370)
Puck Line: NSH: +1.5 (+120) | COL: -1.5 (-140)
Total: 6.5 — Over: (-120) | Under: (EVEN)
Team Totals: NSH o2.5 (-110) / u2.5 (-130) | COL o4.5 (-105) / u4.5 (-135)
Public (Spread) Betting via Action Network: NSH: (24%) | COL: (76%)
Odds to Win Stanley Cup: NSH: (+6600) | COL: (+300)
Predators vs Avalanche Prediction
It takes no expert to tell you that the Avalanche are going to dominate this game. They dismantled the Predators backup goaltender in less than 20 minutes, and will do it again to the third-string. Feel free to bet the Avalanche any way you’d like tonight. We will be laying the juice on the puck line, and even taking the Avalanche team total over. Most of the time you’d have to be crazy to bank on a team scoring five goals, but at this point, you’d be even crazier to bet against them. Colorado will steamroll the Predators and take an easy two-game series lead.
Our NHL Playoffs Predators vs Avalanche prediction tonight will be Avalanche Puck Line.
For what it’s worth, numberFire gives the Avalanche a 70.1% chance to win.
Predators vs Avalanche Prediction and Picks
Colorado Avalanche – Puck Line -1.5 (-140) / TT o4.5 (-105)