The Colorado Avalanche will go on the road and take on the Edmonton Oilers in game four of their series. Colorado finished the season with a record of 56-19-7. The Oilers finished the season with a record of 49-27-6. These two teams faced each other three times this season with Colorado winning two out of the three games. Colorado leads the series 3-0. The puck drops at 8 pm EST.
Avalanche Win Game ThreeColorado took game three 4-2 and they now lead the series 3-0. Valeri Nichushkin scored twice and Devon Toews had two assists. Pavel Francouz got another start for the injured Darcy Kuemper and he stopped 27 out of 29 shots faced. The Avs will try to close out the series and punch their ticket into the Stanley Cup Final with a win.
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. Rantanen has 16 points through 13 playoff games. Nathan MacKinnon is tied for first on the team with 17 points in 13 playoff games. He has recorded at least one point in all but two playoff games. Gabriel Landeskog and Nazem Kadri each have 14 points in 13 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. Unfortunately, Kuemper was forced to leave game one due to an upper-body injury and it is not known how long his absence will be. Kuemper missed game two but Pavel Francouz was perfect in the net, stopping all 24 shots faced. Kuemper also missed game three but Francouz was solid once again, allowing two goals on 29 shots faced. Cale Makar was second in points, first in goals, and tied for fifth in assists among all defensemen in the league. Makar is tied for the team lead in the playoffs with 17 points in 13 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. Makar scored a goal and had two assists in game one of this series and he had one assist in game two.
Oilers Lose Game ThreeEdmonton lost game three 4-2 and they now trail 3-0 in the series. Connor McDavid and Ryan McLeod each scored a goal. Mike Smith allowed three goals on 42 shots faced. The Oilers have a d0-or-die game at home in game 4.
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. They scored a whopping six goals in a loss in game one but they did not score a goal in game two of this series. The Oilers scored two goals in game three. Connor McDavid leads Edmonton with 30 points in 15 games played. McDavid had a goal and two assists in game one and scored a goal in game three. Leon Draisaitl is just behind McDavid with 28 points in 15 games played in the playoffs. Draisaitl had two assists in game one.
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 15 games so far in these playoffs and he has a 3.18 GAA and .917 SV%. Smith allowed three goals or more in four out of five games in the second round. He struggled big-time in game one, allowing six goals on 25 shots faced. Smith was pulled from game one due to his struggles. He continued to struggle in game two, allowing four goals on 40 shots faced. Smith allowed three goals on 42 shots faced in game three.
- Oilers are 0-4 in their last four after scoring two goals or less in their previous game
- Oilers are 0-4 in their last four when their opponent allows two goals or less in their previous game
- Avalanche are 6-0 in their last six games on the road
- Avalanche are 6-1 in their last seven games against Edmonton
- Avalanche are 11-2 in their last 13 games against an opponent in the Western Conference