Colorado Avalanche at Edmonton Oilers - 4/9/22 NHL Picks and Prediction

Colorado Avalanche at Edmonton Oilers - 4/9/22 NHL Picks and Prediction Photo by Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Edmonton Oilers (42-25-5) vs Colorado Avalanche (50-14-6)

Game Info: Saturday, April 9, 2022 at 10:00 pm (Rogers Place)

Betting Odds: Edmonton Oilers +110 / Colorado Avalanche -143 --- Over/Under: 6.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Edmonton Oilers host the Colorado Avalanche in Saturday NHL Action.

The Colorado Avalanche come into this road contest with an overall record of 50-14-6. Through 70 games, the Avalanche are 1st in the Central Division. On the season, they have found the net 268 times, good for a rank of 3rd among NHL teams. Heading into the game, Colorado is the 6th ranked defensive team, allowing opponents to score at an average rate of 2.74 goals per game. So far, the Avalanche have a strength of schedule rating of 30th in the league. When diving into their opponent-adjusted scoring margin, they come into this game as the 2nd ranked team in the NHL.

The Edmonton Oilers get set to host the Colorado Avalanche with an overall record of 42-25-5. This mark places them 2nd in the Pacific division. Through 72 games, the Oilers have scored 254 goals, giving them an average of 3.47. This output gives them a rank of 4th among NHL teams.On defense, Edmonton is the 22nd ranked unit, giving up 3.17 goals per contest. So far, the Oilers have played the 24th toughest schedule in the league. And, when taking into account Edmonton's scoring margin relative to the quality of their competition, they come in with a power ranking of 14th in the NHL.

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Through 67 games, the Colorado Avalanche goal and overall scoring leader is Mikko Rantanen with 84 points. He has reached his mark of 35 goals, on a shooting percentage of 15.0%. So far, 46.0% of his goals have come during power play time. Behind him is Nazem Kadri, who has 57 assists to go along with his 26 goals. While on the ice, his offensive production has led to a plus-minus rating of +18. Colorado's top goalie is Darcy Kuemper, who is giving up an average of 2.4 goals per game. In his 49 games played, he has turned in 30 quality starts, giving him a quality start percentage above the league average.

Through 72 games, Edmonton's leading goal scorer is Leon Draisaitl. With his 50 goals and 51 assists, he is the second in overall points, coming in at 101. On the season, he is turning 20.1% of his shots into goals. In addition, the Oilers have benefited from the strong play of Connor McDavid, who is the team's overall leader in points. In Edmonton's 72 games, he has come up with 42 goals on a shooting percentage of 14.7%. While on the ice, his offensive production has led to a plus-minus rating of +22. Edmonton's top goalie is Mikko Koskinen, who is giving up an average of 3.1 goals per game. In his 40 games played, he has come up with a quality start just 42 percent of the time.

In Colorado's 70 games, the over has hit in over half of their games, going 38-30-2. So far, taking the over when the Avalanche are playing away from home, has been a good bet with an over-under record of 20-14-1. On the season 61.0% of Colorado's games have gone for at least 6 goals or more, with 57% of the scoring coming from the Avalanche. In Edmonton's 72 games, the over has hit in over half of their games, going 38-33-1. So far, taking the over when the Oilers are playing at home, has been a good bet with an over-under record of 22-13. On the season, 65.0% of Edmonton's games have gone for at least 6 goals or more, with 54.0% of the scoring coming from the Oilers. With an over-under line set at 6.5 goals, I see the Avalanche and Oilers combining to surpass this line, in what should be a high-scoring game.

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