The puck drops on the NHL’s Western Conference Finals on Tuesday with the Edmonton Oilers visiting the Colorado Avalanche.
Edmonton Oilers vs. Colorado Avalanche
Tuesday, May 31, 2022 – 08:00 PM EDT at Ball Arena
Oilers vs. Avalanche Winning Expectation
The last day of May brings us a very anticipated Western Conference Finals matchup between two terrific offensive teams the Edmonton Oilers and Colorado Avalanche.
On the series line at BetOnline, Colorado is a -245 favorite with Edmonton at +205. The Avs are also +125 favorites to win their first Stanley Cup since 2001.
Edmonton is +500 to win its first Cup since 1990. No team from Canada has hoisted Lord Stanley’s Cup since 1990.
Oilers vs. Avalanche Recap
Colorado was 2-1 vs. Edmonton during the regular season with two games surprisingly low scoring.
They last played on April 22 in Edmonton and the Oilers won that 6-3 behind an Evander Kane hat trick.
Connor McDavid had three assists. Colorado was without several key players in Gabriel Landeskog, Ryan Murray, Devon Toews, Mikko Rantanen, and Erik Johnson.
Oilers vs. Avalanche Third Time Meeting
It’s the third time Colorado and Edmonton have met in the postseason. The Avalanche won in five games in the 1997 conference semifinals, and the Oilers won in seven games in the conference quarterfinals the next year.
The Avs are in the conference finals for the first time since 2002 and the Oilers are for the first time since 2006.
Both teams will be well-rested as Edmonton eliminated Calgary in Game 5 on Thursday, 5-4 in overtime, and Colorado eliminated St. Louis in Game 6, 3-2 on Friday.
Connor McDavid Performance
Bit of a surprising statistic involving Oilers star Connor McDavid as he scored the first playoff overtime winner of his career in Game 5.
Would have thought he had done that previously. McDavid joined Esa Tikkanen as the second Oilers skater to score an overtime series-clinching goal against the rival Flames.
That was McDavid’s lone point, though, as his streak of seven straight games with multiple points ended. That was one game shy of Wayne Gretzky’s record of eight in 1983.
Leon Draisaitl had four assists in the win – he had at least two helpers in each game of the Flames series. That’s why I like him for another assist on Tuesday.
The German is riding a streak of five consecutive games of at least three points.
He is one game shy of the longest three-plus point streak in NHL history (regular season or playoffs) previously achieved by Jari Kurri (six in 1992-93), Gretzky (six in 1985-86), and Bobby Orr (six in 1970-71) – all of whom did it in the regular season.
McDavid and Draisaitl are the sixth and seventh instances of a player recording 26 or more points through their first 12 games of a postseason.
Oilers vs. Avalanche Goals Analysis
The Oilers and Flames combined for 45 goals in the series. Only four series that went five games in Stanley Cup playoffs history saw the teams combine for more goals.
Meanwhile, 17 of 21 Avalanche skaters had at least a point in Round 1 vs. St. Louis – 14 of those 17 had multi-point efforts.
Colorado's offense averaged 4.30 goals vs. the Blues. The Avs are connecting on 34.5 percent of their power plays in the postseason, the best in the NHL.
- Edmonton leads the NHL this postseason in goals for per game with an average of 4.33 goals.
- The Oilers have scored at least four goals in eight of their 12 games and at least five goals in six.
That’s why I like the over here, but we are going to push it down to an alternate number of 5.5.
NHL Parlay: Who to Bet On?
On the side, we have to lean Avalanche at home because they have been so dominant there this season – the home team has won five of the past six in the series.
We also like their goaltender, Darcy Kuemper, a bit more than 40-year-old Oilers netminder Mike Smith.
Kuemper has a 2.44 goals-against average in this postseason with a .904 save percentage. Smith had a 3.40 GAA vs. the Flames. The total has gone over in six of the past eight meetings.
NHL Pick: Avalanche (-180) with BetOnline
NHL Pick: Over alternate of 5.5 goals (-240) with BetOnline
NHL Pick: Leon Draisaitl over 0.5 assists (-140) with BetOnline
- Avalanche (-180)
- Over alternate of 5.5 goals (-240)
- Leon Draisaitl over 0.5 assists (-140)
NHL Pick: Three-Legged Parlay (+277) with BetOnline (visit our BetOnline Review)
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