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Nashville Predators vs. Colorado Avalanche - 4/14/18 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Nashville Predators vs. Colorado Avalanche - 4/14/18 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Ryan Hartman's empty-net goal with 1:09 left wound up the victor as Nashville held off Colorado for a 2-0 lead in the first-round Western Conference series. Those are the ones you get nervous about, the ones that are laying right there. Things happen. Sometimes weird things.

Just under eight minutes into the period, Filip Forberg scored a goal to give Nashville a 3-2 lead. The Predators reached the Stanley Cup Final a year ago as the eighth seed in the West.

Nashville now has won 12 straight against Colorado overall. The Predators also have two empty-net tallies. It is impossible to talk about the Avalanche without mentioning the play of Nikita Zadorov.

On the other side of the rink, Colorado is 43-41 straight up (SU) and has earned 7.3 units for moneyline bettors this season.

1 seed Nashville Predators did what they were supposed to do in the first two games against the No. 8 Colorado Avalanche: Hold serve at home.

Nashville coach Peter Laviolette was impressed.

"I knew he made a shot toward the net, and I just wanted to be there in case he missed the net to beat out the icing", Hartman said. Nashville needs to have a better start to their game.

Penalties would play a big part in today's game though as Nashville found themselves in trouble having to defend a 5 on 3 disadvantage in the third period. Game 3 is at Colorado on Monday.

A nice stop on Ratanen from Rinne seemed to turn the game... you could see Rinne visibly relax and settle in to the calm game we have seen from him for most of the season.

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"It's a huge advantage for us playing in our building with the atmosphere we have and can feed off that and play our game", Johansen said.

Fans filled the arena more than 30 minutes before the puck dropped, waiting for a pregame video that included a giant curtain that dropped down over the ice for a giant videoboard. Rascal Flatts handled the anthem as the Predators continued their tradition of big stars stepping in for the postseason, and two catfish hit the ice nearly as soon as the last note ended.

Colorado scored on its first official shot.

The Predators were a bit sloppy early. The Avs are looking to avoid falling into a 3-0 hole against the Central Division champions. Scoring in the game two loss was Gabriel Bourque, which was his 6th of the year, Nathan MacKinnon, which was his 40th, Gabriel Landeskog, which was his 26th and Alexander Kerfoot, which was his 20th.

In the second, Rinne got help from Matt Irwin clearing J.T. Compher's shot, and the Predators tied it on a wrist shot from Watson that squeezed over Bernier's left shoulder at 3:14. After the Predators added their second goal to go up 2-1 they showed their dominance and took over.

Rinne came up with his best save with 2:24 left in the second with Mikko Rantanen on a breakaway. The corps thinned when Tyson Barrie was hit in the face by a puck that deflected off goalie Jonathan Bernier's stick, but he returned later in the period.

NOTES: Forsberg had his third career multigoal game in the postseason. After an impressive postseason run previous year, he's back to his old tricks with three points in the first two games.

Once again, there was a lot here that should have resulted in a win, especially with the way they were able to open the game. The Preds did not play their best hockey in the first two games and yet they are still up 2-0 in the series.


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