The Colorado Avalanche host the Nashville Predators for Game 2 of their opening round. The Avalanche defeated the Predators 7-2 in Game 1, scoring five goals in the opening period. This is where you’ll find everything, including team win odds, the over/under, and point spreads.
Nazem Kadri – Player Assists (Over 0.5, +110)
Nazem Kadri had an assist and two shots on goal in Game 1, but the more notable aspect was his discipline throughout the game. The one knock on Kadri in the playoffs is that he tends to lose his cool and end up with suspensions, but this year appears to be off to a better start. Even when the game got out of hand for Nashville and emotions ran high, Kadri kept his cool. The Avalanche will need this trend to continue, as they are deeper at the forward position when he’s involved.
When Kadri is on the ice, he’s always a threat with or without the puck. In 2019-20, he registered 18 points in 15 playoff games, and his career year in 2021-22 gives Avalanche fans a lot to be excited for. Look for Kadri to continue being a factor in this series, as he always finds a way to sneak his way onto the box score.
Tanner Jeannot – Anytime Goal Scorer (+350)
Tanner Jeannot and his line did not have a good game. It was Jeannot’s first taste of playoff hockey, and while he crashed and banged all game long, his line was overwhelmed more often than not. Part of the reason why Nashville was so successful this season was due to their third line providing the team with some much-needed depth. It was almost invisible in Game 1, and it can’t happen again if the Predators hope to push back.
With the nerves shaken off and the experience now behind him, expect a hungrier and blood-thirsty Jeannot in Game 2. He led rookies in goal-scoring, but in April, he notched just one tally. He’ll want to get one early to get the proverbial monkey off his back, so look out for him.
Roman Josi – Player Power Play Points (Over 0.5, +165)
While the Predators boast two 40-goal scorers and a centre who registered 50-plus assists, you’d expect them to get some power play goals early and often. If they want to do that, the Predators need to lean on quarterback Roman Josi to carry the load. He had an uncharacteristically quiet night in Game 1, with five shots and one hit in over 24 minutes of ice time. When Josi has a rare off-game, he comes back stronger than ever.
With how intense the series has started and the sheer amount of power plays in all series this year, one can expect a surplus of goals on the man advantage. The entire forward group is starved for goals and will be looking to avenge their Game 1 shortcomings, and a few power play goals will help that. Don’t be surprised if Josi records more than one, go with the over (O 0.5, +165) for a decent return.
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