Colorado Avalanche vs. Nashville Predators - 4/16/18 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Colorado Avalanche vs. Nashville Predators - 4/16/18 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Colorado Avalanche vs. Nashville Predators - 4/16/18 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Nashville outshot Colorado, 33-30.

The Avs, who scored on their first shot for the second consecutive game and took a 1-0 lead into the second period, absorbed a 5-4 loss in Game 2 and now trail 2-0 in the best-of-seven first-round series.

"Oh man, he's special", Predators forward Austin Watson told The Tennessean. "I mean, you don't have the year he had this year without being a pretty incredible player. He thinks of doing things out there that wouldn't even happen in my dreams". PK Subban and Matias Ekholm each gave Nashville two helpers and Pekka Rinne made 26 saves to get the win.

Airport sendoffs became a tradition last season as the team fought to make it to the final round of the Stanley Cup Finals.

The Avs would score one more time for the final score, 5-4, and suddenly Colorado found out why it's so hard to win in Nashville.

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Meanwhile, star center Ryan Johansen picked up two assists to continue his success in the postseason. It is impossible to talk about the Avalanche without mentioning the play of Nikita Zadorov.

The Predators took a 2-1 lead on Arvidsson's big slap shot from the right circle and extended its advantage to 3-1 with Johansen's breakaway backhander. I thought on 5-on-5, we've been outplaying them.

Nashville coach Peter Laviolette was impressed.

"I don't have an update on him yet this morning", Bednar said. "And I always feel like he's best when he's a power forward first and then he brings a skill element into it, and that's exactly what he did on that goal".

Both teams are hoping for a cleaner game in Denver.

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The series now moves to Colorado for game 3 on Monday night. The Avalanche came in with only 14 players with playoff experience, and their most seasoned player, Colin Wilson, was on Nashville's roster a year ago. Colorado is not playing all that well overall at the moment as they have now lost seven of their last 10 games, but still, no matter what happens the rest of the series, this season has been a success for them after posting the fewest points in the league previous year. He followed Rascal Flatts who sang the anthem prior to game 1.

The team that led the National Hockey League in penalties took two late in the first, giving Colorado 19 seconds of a 5-on-3 advantage. Avs center Nathan MacKinnon cut the deficit back to a goal by fooling Rinne by putting a back-hander inside the far post at 17:08 of the second period.

Fiala tied it with 3 seconds left on Nashville's first power play a minute into the second period. They fell behind 1-0 in the first period and 2-1 in the second period.

NOTES: Forsberg had his third career multigoal game in the postseason. However, the Preds proceeded to score the next four goals, topping the Avs 5-2. Bernier was 19-16 with a 2.85 GAA and a.913 save percentage during the regular season, including 13-4 with a 2.34 GAA and a.928 save percentage here at home.

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