Nashville Predators vs. Colorado Avalanche: Game 3 Prediction, NHL Playoff Odds

Pekka Rinne with 'save of the playoffs' candidate in Game 1 (Video)

Pekka Rinne with 'save of the playoffs' candidate in Game 1 (Video)

The Nashville Predators at the Pepsi Center in Game 3 of the opening round of the NHL Playoffs.

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.

Nashville (-165) is now the favorite over Colorado (+145) and the oddsmakers have set the Over/Under (O/U) at 6 goals (-120 over, +100 under). This 2017-18 Predators team is 25-16 SU on the road.

Each of the first two games the Avalanche have scored on their first shot of the game on Rinne, and getting the first goal in Game 3 is crucial to having momentum with home ice on their side. In the playoffs, the team is managing an average of 32.0 shots on goal ( 5.0 goals per game). This is why the Predators have been watching him the way an actual predator watches its prey. Bernier made 26 saves in his second career playoff start.

The Nashville Predators fist bumped fans who lined up at the airport to send the team off to Denver.

Filip Forsberg and Viktor Arvidsson will both be relied on to facilitate things for the visiting Predators. Craig Smith and Colton Sissons also scored, and Ryan Johansen and captain Roman Josi each had two assists.

Austin Watson had a goal and an assist for Nashville, which has won 11 straight over Colorado.

-The Avalanche can hang with this team. On the other hand, its penalty kill is ranked fourth overall, and it's successfully killed off 83.0 percent of all penalties. The over is 4-0 in the last four Predators games against a team with a winning record. Semyon Varlamov was in net for the Avalanche - he's now out injured.

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. Neither game was really that easy as game one was tied 2-2 as the teams headed to the 3rd before the Preds won 5-2 and game two was tight throughout before the Preds pulled out a 5-4 win. Nashville is 8-0 in its last eight conference quarterfinals games. Last year, the Preds were a No. 8 seed when they stunningly swept No. 1 Chicago on the way to the Stanley Cup Finals.

Nashville may hold the upper hand if this one comes down to the wire. Varlamov started that one as well for Colorado.

The total has gone over in four of Colorado's last five outings. 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 a year ago.

Nashville only lost 16 games away from home all year (including just nine in regulation).

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