The Colorado Avalanche travel to Nashville to take on the Predators in Game 3 of the first round. The Avalanche defeated the Predators 2-1 in Game 2, thanks to a Cale Makar overtime goal. This is where you’ll find everything, including team win odds, the over/under, and point spreads.
Roman Josi – Anytime Goal Scorer (+350)
If the Predators want to get back into the series tonight, they’ll need their captain Roman Josi to be the player he was during the regular season. He has one assist in two games and, much like the entire offensive core, has been silent so far. With how good Makar has been at the other end of the ice, Josi has extra motivation to perform up to expectations. Being in front of his home crowd may also light that spark in him.
Josi had a few pointless streaks during the regular season, but each time he came back with an offensive surge. In April, he failed to put up points in four consecutive games but rebounded with nine points in the final eight games of the season. Expect that same turnaround from him tonight. The Nashville crowd is unforgivingly loud, and Josi will light them up with a big goal.
Nathan MacKinnon – Team Goal Scorers (First to Score, +450)
Tied for the lead in goals on the team and second in points, Nathan MacKinnon is one of many reasons why the Avalanche are clicking. He’s been the rock-solid player we’ve seen during the regular season, only amped up to the elevens. The line combination with him, Mikko Rantanen, and Valeri Nichushkin has worked pleasantly well thus far, allowing Jared Bednar to roll a deep three-line rotation.
A fun prop heading into tonight is MacKinnon scoring the team’s first goal of the game. The odds provide a great return, and he’s scored the Avalanche’s opening goal in each game of this series. In the first 10 minutes, he’s come out flying and buzzing around the net, and he’ll surely be dangerous again in Game 3. If you’re willing to take a gamble, the return could be worth the risk.
Cale Makar – Player Power Play Points (Over 0.5, +140)
The Avalanche’s blue line has been dynamite in two games, both offensively and defensively. Leading the charge is Makar, who leads the team in goals and points. His swift skating, poise with the puck, and extreme skill make him a treat to watch every shift, and he appears to get better each game. In Game 2, he had a whopping 12 shots on goal, bringing his total to 14 in the series.
With the Predators’ parade to the penalty box replicating their regular-season form, it’s not out of the realm of possibility for Makar to continue putting up points. Game 2 was a close affair, and Nashville locked up defensively with Connor Ingram providing a solid start, but their penalty kill won’t be able to keep Colorado’s offense at bay forever. Makar putting up at least one power-play point tonight seems feasible.
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