Colorado Avalanche vs Nashville Predators Predictions, NHL Free Pick 2/29/2020
Game: Colorado Avalanche vs Nashville Predators
Date: Saturday, February 29, 2020
Location: Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, TN
Odds/Point Spread: Avalanche (+104) Predators (-115)
Bridgestone Arena is the site where Pekka Rinne and the Nashville Predators (32-23-8, 4th in the Central Division) will play the Colorado Avalanche (37-18-7, 2nd in the Central Division) on Saturday. The Avalanche open this matchup at +104 while the Predators are coming in at -115. The over/under is set at 6. The Avalanche cover 59.0% of the time, having gone 36-25 SU. The Predators cover 48.3% of the time, going 29-31 straight up.
The Colorado Avalanche head into this game holding a record of 37 victories and 18 defeats, putting them at 2nd in the Central Division. So far this year, they have scored a total of 214 goals which puts them at 1st in the conference and 6th in the league. Their goal differential is +47, putting them at 2nd in the league. The Avalanche have compiled a total of 81 pts, which puts them at 5th in the league and 2nd in the West. Regarding shots at the opposition, they have compiled a total of 2,026 which puts them at 7th in the West and 14th in the league. As a team, Colorado has compiled a total of 1,070 hits which has them averaging 17.3 per contest. They have compiled a total of 754 blocks for the year. In net for Colorado is Pavel Francouz from Plzen, Czechoslovakia. He is 29 years old and has totaled 1,488 mins minding the net this year. Francouz is surrendering 2.26 goals per game which ranks him 3rd among Western Conference goalies and 6th among goaltenders in the NHL. For the season, he's allowed 56 goals. He holds a save percentage of .927 which ranks him 3rd among Western Conference goalies.
The Colorado Avalanche will head into their next game feeling good after earning a 3 - 2 win over the Buffalo Sabres their last time out. The Avalanche played like an average offensive team in the win. For this matchup, they netted 3 of the 34 shots they put on goal. Additionally, they had 3 power play opportunities and scored 2 goals out of those attempts. Colorado had 4 penalty mins for this outing. The Corsi for the Avalanche was 65 and the Corsi against was 48 which gave them a Corsi percentage of 57.5%. Their Fenwick sat at 42 and the Fenwick against sat at 36, which means they earned a rate of 53.8%. They earned 25 face-off wins at even strength and were beaten on 20 attempts to control the puck. The offensive zone starts for them came in at 53.1% and they had a PDO of 96.4 in this game. Regarding their opponent, the Buffalo Sabres earned a total of 33 shots. They finished with a total of 6 minutes in the box and they had 2 power play opportunities.
The Predators are the team looking to add points to their total and for the year they have 32 wins and 23 losses. In discussing goal differential, they are ranked 9th in the West and 20th in the league with +1. They currently have a total of 199 goals for the year which is 5th in the West. Nashville has a save % as a team of .899 which currently has them ranked 25th in the league, meaning scoring chances could be plentiful if they attack the goal. They have a team shooting percentage of 9.5% which is good for 6th in the Western Conference. In goal for Nashville is Pekka Rinne who is having a tough season by allowing 3.00 goals against average and that ranks him 24th in the Western Conference and 47th in the NHL among goalies. In the 1,938 mins he has played, he's surrendered 97 goals. He holds a save % of .900, which ranks him 28th in the Western Conference and 54th in the NHL among goalies.
The Nashville Predators played the Calgary Flames in a game where the Predators earned a victory by a mark of 4 - 3. For this game, Nashville went home with a 50.4% Corsi rating. They earned that percentage by having a Corsi of 62 while their opponent had a Corsi of 61. Their Fenwick rate came in at 50.5% by notching a Fenwick of 52 and the Flames having earned a 51 Fenwick. These Corsi stats speak to the kind of game that Nashville had and it tells us that they played really well in this game. Their PDO was 103.7 and they earned an oZS percentage of 43.5%. The Predators scored 4 goals of the 38 shots on goal they tried. They had 2 power play opportunities in this game but weren't able to finish one of them with a goal. In discussing the opposition, the Flames had 1 power play chance but were not able to score a goal. Nashville allowed 39 shots on goal and the Flames had 6 minutes in the box.
Who will win tonight's NHL game ATS?
Josh's Pick: Take Nashville (-115)
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