colorado avalanche vs edmonton oilers predictions and preview

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NHL colorado avalanche vs edmonton oilers predictions and preview


 

 

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The Edmonton Oilers will go on the road and take on the Colorado Avalanche in game one of their series. The Oilers finished the season with a record of 49-27-6. Colorado finished the season with a record of 56-19-7. These two teams faced each other three times this season with Colorado winning two out of the three games. The puck drops at 8pm EST.

 

Oilers Upset Flames in Second Round

Edmonton stunned the Flames by eliminating them in five games in the second round. The Oilers won game five 5-4 in overtime. Connor McDavid scored the overtime winner to send Calgary packing. Leon Draisaitl had four assists in the game, including having an assist on McDavid’s overtime winner. Mike Smith stopped 32 out of 36 shots faced. Edmonton finished the regular season 2-2 vs. the Avalanche. Both teams held serve at home, with the road team 0-4 so far this season.

 

The Oilers were very good on offense this season. They ranked eighth in goals per game and 10th in shots per game this year. Connor McDavid led the team with 123 points on the season and he finished first in the league in points. Leon Draisaitl had 110 points and he finished third in the league in points. Edmonton scored four goals or more in each of the five games in the second round. Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl each lead Edmonton with 26 points in 12 games played.

 

Defense and goaltending were less than average for Edmonton this season. They ranked 18th in goals against per game and 21st in shots against per game. Mike Smith has started all 12 games so far in these playoffs and he has a 2.70 GAA and .927 SV%. Smith allowed three goals or more in four out of five games in the second round.

 

Avalanche Look Strong in Playoffs

Colorado was a -165 in game six of the second round and they eliminated the Blues by defeating them 3-2. J.T. Compher scored twice in the game. Darcy Kuemper stopped 18 out of 20 shots faced. Colorado opens the series at home, where they have been a modest 3-2 in the playoffs after finishing the regular season 32-5-4 on home ice. 

The offense was fantastic for Colorado this season. They ranked fourth in goals per game and fourth in shots per game. Mikko Rantanen led Colorado with 92 points and he had scored 36 goals, which also led the team. Nathan MacKinnon played in 65 games this season and he recorded 88 points. MacKinnon is tied for the team lead with 13 points in 10 playoff games. He has recorded at least one point in all but two playoff games. Gabriel Landeskog has 11 points in 10 playoff games. Nazem Kadri has 10 points in 10 playoff games.

Defense and goaltending were fairly decent for the Avalanche this season. The team ranked ninth in goals against per game and 19th in shots against per game. Darcy Kuemper had a 37-12-4 record with a 2.54 GAA and a .921 SV%. He ranked tied for fourth in shutouts among all goalies in the league, with five shutouts on the season. Kuemper has been sharp in the playoffs. He has allowed two goals or less in six out of nine starts and he has allowed more than three goals in just one playoff game. Kuemper has a 6-2 record with a 2.44 GAA and .904 SV% in the playoffs. Cale Makar was second in points, first in goals, and tied for fifth in assists among all defensemen in the league. Makar is tied with MacKinnon leading the Avalanche in the playoffs with 13 points in 10 games played in the playoffs. He had three points in three out of four games in the first round and he had three assists in the second round





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