Colorado Avalanche vs. Nashville Predators - 4/16/18 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Pekka Rinne

Colorado Avalanche vs. Nashville Predators - 4/16/18 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

After the first fish carcass of the postseason was chucked onto the ice during the first game of Nashville's opening-round series against Colorado - bearing a festive party hat and bow-tie, no less - another was heaved from the stands during the Predators 5-4 victory in Game 2. "I think we were shorthanded three times in the second period, which was too much when we were playing a really good game to that point". The Predators have 2-0 lead in the series. Filip Forsberg had two in Game 1 and Austin Watson has scored one in each game. However, the Preds proceeded to score the next four goals, topping the Avs 5-2. In Game 2 each of those guys logged more than 21 minutes, with Subban a team-high 27:03.

Between the penalties and increased offensive chances for Nashville in the second, the Predators finally broke open the scoring that was displayed in Game 1. The Avs got an ensuing power-play goal from Gabe Landeskog but Nashville's Ryan Hartman scored an empty-net goal with 1:09 remaining. Games 3 and 4 are Monday and Wednesday at the Pepsi Center.

Nashville Predators defenseman Mattias Ekholm (14) embraces Nashville Predators right wing Viktor Arvidsson (33) following Arvidsson's second period goal during Game Two of Round One of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, held on April 14, 2018, at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee. They kind of took over for that period of time.

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Defenseman David Warsofsky, who was replacing the injured Sam Girard on the second power-play unit, took a holding minor to wipe out a Colorado power play early in the second period. Forwards Tyson Jost, Colin Wilson and Matt Nieto also weren't credited with a shot Saturday.

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) - Logan Couture had a goal and an assist, Martin Jones made 28 saves and San Jose excelled on the road again, beating Anaheim to take a 2-0 lead in their first-round playoff series. Leading scorer, top 5 scorer in the National Hockey League and Hart Trophy nominee, Nathan MacKinnon netted a backhand a little over 30 seconds after the Johansen's goal to pull within one to end the second.

After Hartman gave the Predators a 5-3 lead, Alexander Kerfoot pulled Colorado to 5-4 with 35.8 seconds left. "That's with every team in the playoffs, but they play desperate, they play fast, they've got a lot of young skill over there". Game 5 would be back in Boston on Saturday, if necessary. Nashville needs to have a better start to their game.

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