Colorado Avalanche Vs. Edmonton Oilers (6/6/22) Betting Odds, Prediction, Line Combination, Starting Goalies

On the road, the Colorado Avalanche took a 3-0 series lead in the Western Conference Finals over the Edmonton Oilers with a 4-2 victory on Saturday night.  Pavel Francouz made 27 saves for Colorado while Valeri Nichushkin scored two goals and J.T. Compher scored the tiebreaking goal in the third period to ultimately give the Avalanche the victory; Compher has scored five goals this postseason.

The Avalanche had the best record in the Western Conference this season at 56-19-7 with 119 points.  Colorado is the favorite to win the 2021-22 Stanley Cup at -215; the Avalanche have won two championships since moving from Quebec as the Nordiques to Colorado in 1995.  The Oilers are currently +5500 to win the Stanley Cup this year; they haven’t won the Stanley Cup since beating the Boston Bruins in the 1989-90 Stanley Cup Final.  A team from Canada has not won the Stanley Cup since the Montreal Canadiens won the title in 1992-93.  

Colorado Avalanche Vs. Edmonton Oilers Betting Odds

Colorado is -5000 to advance to their first Stanley Cup Final since 2000-01.  The Avalanche are 6-0 in their last six road games.  Under is 5-2-1 in Colorado’s last eight Conference Finals games.  The Avalanche are 20-6 in their last 26 playoff games as a favorite.  Colorado is 5-2 in their last seven Conference Finals games.  The home team is 7-2 in the last nine meetings between the Avalanche and Oilers.  Edmonton is 20-6 in their last 26 home games.  Over is 4-1 in the Oilers last five games as an underdog.  Edmonton is 2-6 in their last eight playoff games as an underdog.  The Oilers are 1-4 in their last five Conference Finals games.

Colorado Avalanche Analysis

Nathan MacKinnon is the favorite to win the Conn Smythe Trophy at +180, as playoff MVP.  MacKinnon leads Colorado in goals (10) and is tied for the team lead in postseason scoring with 17 points.  He has 38 career playoff goals in 62 postseason games.  Mikko Rantanen led Colorado in scoring this season with 92 points (36 goals and 56 assists) while being an impressive +35.  Through 13 playoff games in 2021-22, he has 16 points (four goals and 12 assists).  Rantanen is +1200 to win the Conn Smythe Award.  Gabriel Landeskog returned from knee surgery in round one vs. the Predators and has tallied 14 points (seven goals and seven assists) in 13 postseason games in 2021-22.  The Avalanche captain is currently +1800 to win the Conn Smythe Trophy. Nazem Kadri left Saturday’s game after being hit into the boards by the Oilers Evander Kane; he’ll miss the remainder of the Western Conference Finals with an undisclosed injury.  In 13 playoff contests this year, Kadri has 14 points (six goals and eight assists).    

Cale Makar is tied for the club lead in postseason scoring with 17 points (four goals and 13 assists).  Additionally, he’s a +12 while averaging 26:56 of ice time in the playoffs.  He’s +275 to win the 2021-22 Conn Smythe Trophy.  Devon Toews is a +10 while averaging 25:40 of ice time per game in the postseason.  In the Avalanche’s Game Three win over the Oilers, he had two assists.  Toews has 12 points (four goals and eight assists) during Colorado’s postseason run this year.  

Due to an upper body injury, Darcy Kuemper’s return to the net is unknown.  In 10 postseason games, Kuemper has a save percentage of .897 with a 2.65 GAA.  Pavel Francouz is 5-0 this postseason for the Avalanche.  He has a .920 save percentage (115 saves on 125 shot attempts) and a 2.37 GAA.  He’s +2000 to win the Conn Smythe Trophy. 

Edmonton Oilers Analysis

Connor McDavid led the NHL in scoring with 123 points (44 goals and 79 assists) this season.  He was a +28 and scored nine game winning goals in 2021-22.  McDavid scored a goal in the loss on Saturday to Avalanche.  The Oilers captain leads the league in postseason scoring with 30 points (nine goals and 21 assists) through 15 playoff games.  Additionally, he’s a +14 while averaging 22:46 of ice time per game. 

Leon Draisaitl was third in the league in scoring with 110 points; second in goals overall with 55.  The 2019-20 Hart Trophy winner was second in the NHL with 41 points on the power play and 24 power play goals in 2021-22.  He has 28 points overall (seven goals and 21 assists) this postseason, second in the league.

In 43 games this season with the Oilers, he originally starting the season as a San Jose Shark, Evander Kane had 39 points (22 goals and 17 assists).  Kane is a +2 and leads the NHL in postseason goals with 13; overall he has 17 points in the playoffs.  Due a major penalty on the Avalanche’s Nazem Kadri in Game Three, he could be subject to disciplinary action by the NHL.   Zach Hyman had 54 points (27 goals and 27 assists) in the regular season.  He has 14 points (nine goals and five assists) this postseason.  Ryan Nugent-Hopkins has 13 points (five goals and eight assists) in 15 playoff games this year.

Evan Bouchard has nine points (three goals and six assists) in 15 postseason contests in 2021.  Additionally, he’s averaging 18:06 of ice time per playoff game.

Mike Smith made 39 saves in the loss to Colorado on Saturday evening.  This postseason the 39-year-old has a .917 save percentage (475 saves on 518 shot attempts) and a 3.18 GAA in 15 playoff games this season. 

Colorado Avalanche Vs. Edmonton Oilers Picks & Prediction

In the first two games of the Western Conference Finals, the Avalanche have scored 16 goals: while allowing 2.67 goals per game against the Oilers.  Colorado is 16-5 in their last 21 Monday games.  Over is 4-1 in Avalanche’s last five games as a road favorite.  During the regular season, the Oilers scored 3.5 goals per game, ranking them seventh in the NHL.  In 15 playoff games Edmonton has scored 60 goals: four goals per game.  The Oilers are 2-5 in their last seven Monday games.  Under is 5-2 in Oilers last seven games as a home underdog.

It’s hard to go against the Avalanche in this contest as they look to capture the Western Conference title and a berth in the Stanley Final.  The Oilers will possibly be without Evander Kane in their lineup due to his hit on Nazem Kadri, Edmonton simply looks overmatched at times.  Colorado wraps up this series with a 5-3 win in Game Four as the teams combine for over 6.5 goals and the Avalanche cover the 1.5 goal spread. 

Colorado Avalanche Vs. Edmonton Oilers Starting Goalies & Line Combination

Scott is graduate of Hofstra University and has worked in the sports media for over 20 years as a Producer and Writer. His dream is to see the New York Jets one day hoist the Vince Lombardi Trophy. He lives outside of Chicago with his wife and two children.

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