Colorado Avalanche at Dallas Stars - 8/26/20 NHL Picks and Prediction
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Colorado Avalanche (48-23-9) at Dallas Stars (44-28-8)
NHL Hockey: Wednesday, August 26, 2020 at 10:30 pm (Rogers Place)
The Line: Dallas Stars +146 / Colorado Avalanche -167 --- Over/Under: 5.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The Colorado Avalanche and the Dallas Stars meet in game three of their best-of-seven Western Conference semi-final series in NHL action from Rogers Place on Wednesday night.
The Colorado Avalanche will try to get back on the board in the series after falling behind 2-0 with Dallas picking up a 5-2 win over the Avalanche in game two last time out.
Nathan MacKinnon opened the scoring for Colorado just over six minutes into the game and Mikko Rantanen doubled Colorado’s lead just under nine minutes into the second period. From that point on though, Dallas would flip the game on it’s head as Joe Pavelski scored 1:10 later and Radek Faksa tied the game at two just :43 after that. Alexander Radulov pushed the lead to 3-2 Dallas with under five minutes to go in the second period and Esa Lindell stretched it to a 4-2 Dallas lead in the last minute of the second period. Colorado would outshoot the Stars 9-3 in the 3rd period but the Avalanche just didn’t have a response as Dallas potted the empty-netter with just :10 to go in the game, sealing the win in the process.
Anton Khudobin got the win in goal for Dallas after stopping 38 of 40 shots faced in the win while Pavel Francouz ended up with the loss between the pipes for Colorado after giving up four goals on 26 shots faced in defeat.
Colorado is 15-7 in their last 22 games overall and 7-19 in their last 26 conference semi-final games while the over is 5-0 in their last 5 games as a favorite. Dallas is 5-0 in their last 5 games overall and 5-0 in their last 5 games against a team with a winning record while the over is 8-2-5 in their last 15 conference semi-final games.
Part of me is waiting for this to turn into a defensive battle, but each of the first two games saw seven goals and I’m thinking we see more of the same. As far as goaltending goes, while both are viable options between the sticks, they’re both still the backups for their respective teams and I just think that there’s a lot of firepower here and a lot at stake as well so neither side will necessarily sit back and wait for it as opposed to going out and getting it. I’ll side with the over as my free pick for this game but my stronger play is on the side and I have that available as a premium pick that you can find here.