The Colorado Avalanche have an opportunity to complete the sweep and be the first team to advance to the second round. They defeated the Nashville Predators in Game 3 by a score of 7-3. This is where you’ll find everything, including team win odds, the over/under, and point spreads.
Nathan MacKinnon – Anytime Goal Scorer (+120)
Leading the Avalanche in goals this series, Nathan MacKinnon has been a thorn in Nashville’s side since Game 1. Hoping to return to the Western Conference Final for the first time since 2019-20, he’s made it his mission to give his team every chance in the book. An impressive stat is his two power-play goals in three games, which ties his total from last postseason in seven fewer games.
He has a goal in each game, and that trend won’t stop anytime soon. With Nashville’s inability to prevent Colorado’s speed, plus their tendency to take one too many penalties, MacKinnon and the Avalanche will feast on the Predators’ sub-par penalty kill and build momentum off it. They’ve outshot the Predators by a wide margin in each game, so look for that to continue.
Artturi Lehkonen – Player Assists (Over 0.5, +240)
Artturi Lehkonen is one of those sneaky players that nobody thinks about mid-way into a game until he makes them notice him. In last year’s playoffs with the Montreal Canadiens, Lehkonen had four points in 17 games. Not a convincing amount, except that one of his goals sent the Canadiens to the Stanley Cup Final. This year, he already has two goals in three games, and he’s fared well on the Avalanche’s second line.
It doesn’t hurt to know that his possession metrics are through the roof. It’s no surprise, given Colorado’s domination in puck possession, but Lehkonen’s numbers have jumped significantly. His Corsi For percentage currently sits at 63%, up from last year’s 42.9%, but he’s also receiving more offensive-zone starts. With Gabriel Landeskog and Nazem Kadri heating up, look for Lehkonen to register an assist.
Matt Duchene – First to Score for Nashville (+400)
Nashville’s stars have failed to show up at a consistent rate this postseason, except for Matt Duchene. He’s managed to carry over his regular-season form into the playoffs. He leads the Predators with three goals in three games and remains one of Nashville’s most consistent players. Duchene has as many goals as the rest of the Predators team combined and is one of the only reasons the Predators have mustered up any offense.
It’s not too much of a shock to see Duchene succeed against Colorado, as he registered four goals in three games during the regular season. While it’s unfair to ask him to carry the team offensively and win four consecutive games, it’s at least plausible he’ll go down swinging and score one more.
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