Nashville Predators vs Colorado Avalanche Prediction, 5/5/2022 NHL Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Nashville Predators vs Colorado Avalanche
Date: Thursday, May 5, 2022
Location: Ball Arena in Denver, CO
Odds/Point Spread: Predators (+265) Avalanche (-340)
Ball Arena is the location where the Colorado Avalanche (56-18-7) will go up against the Nashville Predators (45-29-7) on Thursday. The line on this contest has Nashville at +265 and Colorado is sitting at -340. The total comes in at 7.
The Nashville Predators will look for better times on the ice after their 7-2 defeat against the Avalanche in their last contest. The Predators had an offensive game that was below their expectations in the loss. For the game, they converted 2 of the 25 shots they attempted. In addition, they had 4 power play opportunities and were able to notch 1 goal. Nashville amassed 22 penalty minutes for this contest.
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Nashville Predators opponents have earned 281 power play opportunities (1st in professional hockey) and have a total of 59 goals in those chances. The Predators have had 2,646 shots tried against them and have earned a save percentage of .906. Nashville has attempted 2,439 shots and is the owner of a shot percentage of 10.7%. While at even strength, the Predators have allowed the opponent to score 191 goals while getting 199 when they are on offense. Nashville is sitting with 256 power play chances and they have notched 63 goals during those chances, giving them a percentage of 24.61%. For the year, they have earned 97 points and their points percentage comes in at .599. When it comes to their goal scoring prowess, the Nashville Predators have racked up 262 goals (12th in the NHL) for the year and have allowed 250.
The man in goal for this game is David Rittich. The opposition has been able to score 392 goals against Rittich in his career and his average for goals against per game is 2.90. Rittich has been in goal for 151 games during his pro hockey career. His save percentage currently is at .905 for his 8,112 minutes on the ice. He has earned a win-loss record of 70-43-20 and he started in 133 games. For his career, Rittich has accrued 71 quality starts and his quality starts percentage is at .534. Rittich has seen 4,122 shots against him and has amassed 3,730 total saves.
Their last time out, Colorado went up against the Predators in a game where the Avalanche got the victory by a final score of 7-2. They had 5 opportunities on the power play in this game and tallied 2 goals out of those opportunities. The Avalanche converted 7 goals of the 45 shots on goal they pursued.
Colorado has taken 2,874 shots (4th in professional hockey) and has accumulated a shooting percentage of 10.72%, while allowing the other team 2,625 shots. They have recorded a penalty kill rate of 79.22% on the other teams 231 power play opportunities, and their save percentage comes in at 91.2%. They have recorded 275 chances on the power play and they have earned a power play percentage of 24.36%. The Avalanche have racked up 241 goals at even strength and 67 goals (1st in pro hockey) while on the power play. They have granted a total of 232 goals to be scored by way of 184 goals at even strength and 48 goals while they had less men on the ice. This season, the Colorado Avalanche have notched a total of 308 goals, 119 points, in addition to a points percentage of .735.
Across the rink you are going to see Darcy Kuemper in net. Kuemper has earned a career record of 143-95-36 and has played in 299 contests. Kuemper's quality start rate comes out to 56.4% and he has 159 quality starting assignments in his career. He has recorded 7,786 saves out of 8,484 shots taken, giving him a rate of .918. Teams are averaging 2.48 goals per game and he has yielded 698 goals overall. He has been a starter 282 games and has been on the ice for 16,859 mins.
Who will win tonight's NHL game against the spread or moneyline?
Josh's Pick: Take Nashville (+265)
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