Colorado Avalanche at Edmonton Oilers - 6/4/22 NHL Picks and Prediction
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Edmonton Oilers (57-32-7) vs Colorado Avalanche (66-20-8)
Game Info: Saturday, June 4, 2022 at 8:00 pm (Rogers Place)
Betting Odds: Edmonton Oilers +100 / Colorado Avalanche -120 --- Over/Under: 7 Click Here for the Latest Odds
The Edmonton Oilers host the Colorado Avalanche in Saturday NHL Western Conference Finals Action.
The Colorado Avalanche will look to take a 3-0 lead in their Western Conference Finals series vs Edmonton. The Avalanche are coming off an impressive 4-0 win over the Oilers in game 2. On the season, they found the net 312 times, good for a rank of 3rd among NHL teams. Heading into the game, Colorado is the 7th ranked defensive team, allowing opponents to score at an average rate of 2.83 goals per game. For the year, the Avalanche had a strength of schedule rating of 26th in the league. When diving into their opponent-adjusted scoring margin, they come into this game as the 3rd ranked team in the NHL.
The Edmonton Oilers are hoping to take advantage of the series shifting back to Edmonton, as they trail the series 2-0. On the season, the Oilers have scored 290 goals, giving them an average of 3.48. This output gives them a rank of 7th among NHL teams. On defense, Edmonton is the 16th ranked unit, giving up 3.06 goals per contest. For the year, the Oilers have played the 17th 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 11th in the NHL.
Through 75 games, the Colorado Avalanche 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.
Through 82 games, Edmonton's leading goal scorer is Leon Draisaitl. With his 55 goals and 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. In his 45 games played, he has come up with a quality start just 44 percent of the time.
Heading into game 3, the over-under betting line is once again set at 7 goals. After Edmonton and Colorado exploded for 14 goals in game 1, they only combined for 4 in game 2. It appears that the Avalanche have made the necessary defensive adjustments to limit the Oilers' offensive attack. I recommend taking the under in game 3.
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