The Nashville Predators won Game 1 of the Western Conference Round 1 of the Stanley Cup Playoffs versus the Colorado Avalanche for their 11th consecutive win over the Avalanche including 4 this NHL regular betting season. The Predators (-350) had the league's best record this season and have the home advantage for every series the play in the postseason. The Predators scored four unanswered goals starting with Smith then Watson and Sissons done by one. Filip Forsberg scored two goals in the third. Pekka Rinne had 25 saves on the games 27 shots on goal. The Vegas Oddsmakers favorite Nashville Predators are listed at -1 ½(120) and the road dog Avalanche at +1 ½(EVEN). The game total is at 5 ½(+110)u and 5 ½(130)o for the over/under better.
The Avalanche went into Game 1 ready to take on the top seeded opponents. The first two periods looked like they just might win. The hits were hard and they shot 27 times against a goaltender with 25 saves. Colorado (+275)will have to find a way to get the puck by Rinne who will layout to block any shot on goal. Colorado will look for their top line of MacKinnon, Rantanen and Landeskog, who had 9 shots on goal combined, to give their best offensive play. The Avalanche will need to put points on the boards fast and then just play their game hard offensively and defensively if they want to start Game 3 with the series tied up.
The Predators head into Game 2 at the Bridgestone Arena on Saturday, April 14th leading the series 1-0. The first face off is scheduled for 3:00 pm ET. Can the Predators overcome the goaltending of Rinne and even up the series or will the Avalanche take a 2-0 lead?
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