Edmonton Oilers at Colorado Avalanche - 6/2/22 NHL Picks and Prediction

Edmonton Oilers at Colorado Avalanche - 6/2/22 NHL Picks and Prediction Photo by Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Colorado Avalanche (65-20-8) vs Edmonton Oilers (57-31-7)

Game Info: Thursday, June 2, 2022 at 8:00 pm (Ball Arena)

Betting Odds: Colorado Avalanche -180 / Edmonton Oilers +158 --- Over/Under: 7 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Colorado Avalanche host the Edmonton Oilers in Thursday NHL Western Conference Finals Action.

The Edmonton Oilers will look to get back on track after dropping game 1 by a score of 8-6. On the season,they found the net 290 times, good for a rank of 7th among NHL teams. Heading into the game, Edmonton is the 16th-ranked defensive team, allowing opponents to score at an average rate of 3.06 goals per game. For the year, the Oilers have a strength of schedule rating of 17th in the league. When diving into their opponent-adjusted scoring margin, they come into this game as the 11th-ranked team in the NHL.

The Colorado Avalanche will look to keep things rolling on offense, as they scored 8 goals in their opening game vs Edmonton. For the year, the Avalanche have scored 312 goals, giving them an average of 3.76. This output gives them a rank of 3rd among NHL teams. On defense, Colorado is the 7th ranked unit, giving up 2.83 goals per contest. On the season, the Avalanche have played the 26th toughest schedule in the league. And, when taking into account Colorado's scoring margin relative to the quality of their competition, they come in with a power ranking of 3rd in the NHL.

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Through 82 games, the Edmonton Oilers' leading goal scorer is Leon Draisaitl. With his 55 assists, he is the second in overall points, coming in at 110. On the season, he is turning 19.8% 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 82 games, he has come up with 44 goals on a shooting percentage of 14.0%. While on the ice, his offensive production has led to a plus-minus rating of 28. Edmonton's top goalie is Mikko Koskinen, who is giving up an average of 3.1 goals per game.

Through 75 games, the Colorado Avalanche's goal and overall scoring leader is Mikko Rantanen, with 92 points. He has reached his mark of 36 goals, on a shooting percentage of 14.2%. So far, 44.0% of his goals have come during power play time. Behind him is Nathan MacKinnon, who has 56 assists to go along with his 32 goals. While on the ice, his offensive production has led to a plus-minus rating of +22. Colorado's top goalie is Darcy Kuemper, who is giving up an average of 2.54 goals per game. In his 57 games played, he has turned in 32 quality starts, giving him a quality start percentage above the league average.

Heading into game 2, the over-under betting line is set at 7 goals. This number comes after the Oilers and Avalanche exploded for 14 goals in game 1. Even with this high total, I wouldn't bet against Colorado and Edmonton to have another high-scoring game. I recommend taking the over.

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