Nashville Predators vs. Colorado Avalanche 4/16/18, Prediction & Odds

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

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. Well, they have kept that momentum going by taking the first two games in this series.

The Colorado Avalanche are glad to be leaving Bridgestone Arena behind them after a 5-4 defeat on Saturday has the team in an 0-2 hole. They are hoping for an easier win in this one, but it will not be easy as the Avs have played well at home.

Austin Watson tied the game for Nashville at the start of the second period, beating Jonathan Bernier on a narrow angle, netting a top-shelf score. This is why he had 39 goals and 97 points this season. In his career, during the regular season, he has gone 116-121 with a 2.55 GAA on the road and 108-87 with a 2.39 GAA against the Central Division, while against the Avalanche he has gone 23-9 with a 2.28 GAA.

So far, Nashville has relied on a team approach to their scoring.

It took Pekka Rinne gloving a bullet from the 22-year-old Colorado forward to keep him off the board on a charge to the net in Thursday's Game 1 - that and an extended kick to stop MacKinnon linemate Mikko Rantanen on a breakaway made the Predators' 5-2 comeback win possible.

David Pastrnak had a hat trick and three assists to help Boston blow out the Toronto Maple Leafs for the second straight game, leading the Bruins to a 7-3 victory Saturday night and a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven Eastern Conference playoff series.

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The series features a team that won 53 games during the regular season and Colorado, which had to win its regular-season finale to squeak into the postseason ahead of St. Louis.

Colorado has averaged 5.6 giveaways over its last five home games, its season average of 6.2 giveaways per game (ranked 2nd). 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.

On March 16 at the Pepsi Center, the Predators won 4-2. The Bruins added another power-play goal - their second of the night and fifth of the series - to make it 4-0 after one.

Sometimes great teams go from hunter to hunted, but in the case of this year's top National Hockey League team, it's nearly the opposite.

Blackburn: The Avalanche making the playoffs just one year removed from one of the worst seasons in recent history is a very cool story. "We find a way to get a lead and they were resilient and ended up crawling back into the game". IF the Avalanche are to steal Game 3, Bernier must be better. But I can't trust Bernier to shut down a potent offense, while I feel the Preds defense is probably going to improve after a lackluster Game 2 performance.

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