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Avalanche to Stave Off Elimination Again in Game 6 vs Stars

The Colorado Avalanche showed they are not ready to end the season, and they are the slight favorite in the NHL odds when the Dallas Stars visit for Game 6 of the Western Conference semifinal series on Friday night.

The Avalanche looked lifeless in a 5-1 loss at home on Monday to move within one road loss of elimination. However, Colorado rallied twice to tie before scoring three times in the third period for a 5-3 win at Dallas on Wednesday in Game 5.

Avalanche to Stave Off Elimination Again in Game 6 vs Stars
Artturi Lehkonen #62 of the Colorado Avalanche- Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images/AFP

Defenseman Cale Makar recorded a pair of goals for the Avalanche while Hart Trophy finalist Nathan MacKinnon registered a goal and an assist. Alexandar Georgiev did just enough with 24 saves.

Dallas has won both games in Denver already, though, and is 4-1 on the road in the playoffs. The Stars have scored 16 goals in their last three appearances in Denver.

Forward Roope Hintz, who had five points in the first three games of the series before sitting out Wednesday due to injury, would be key to your sport betting if he can return for Dallas.

 

Stars vs Avalanche Game Information

  • Game: Stars (3-2) vs Avalanche (2-3)
  • Location: Ball Arena, Denver, Colo.
  • Day/Time: Friday, May 17, 10:00 p.m. ET
  • Stars vs Avalanche Live Stream: NHL.com

 

Stars vs Avalanche Moneyline and Spread Odds

 

  • Despite posting the most points in the West this season (113), Dallas bettors are 41-53 ATS at the BetUS Sportsbook.
  • Over bettors are 53-34-5 in Avalanche contests during 2023-24.
  • Stars forward Jason Robertson has posted seven assists in the series
  • Colorado hit the first period moneyline in just nine of its past 41 games.
  • The over is 3-1-1 in the series with 34 goals scored and 6-2-1 in nine meetings this season.

 

More Props for Makar

Makar had gone three games without a point, but delivered for his NHL prop bettors on Wednesday to keep Colorado’s season going.

His two goals gave him 21 in 71 playoff games and five in the 2023-24 season. He is +325 in the Las Vegas NHL odds to score in Game 6.


Makar had five shots in Game 5, matching his best in the playoffs this season. The 25-year-old Norris Trophy finalist had 21 goals and a career-high 90 points in the regular season.

“That’s what we need from him, obviously,” Colorado coach Jared Bednar told reporters. “We need that now, especially where we are in the series, and his skill shines through, and his competitiveness shines through.”

 

Stars Ready for Road Challenge

Dallas was hoping to have a party with its fans after Game 5, but the Stars have more work to do. The good news? Road teams are 4-1 in the series.

“We’re trying to close it out so we can move on, however, we get it done,” Dallas veteran forward Joe Pavelski told reporters after scoring his first goal of the playoffs Wednesday. “It’s a group that’s going to compete. … We have to go regroup a little bit, look at a few things, and go try to win a game.”

The Stars have been a good road team all season and they have Jake Oettinger in goal, who had a .923 save percentage in the playoffs before the Game 5 loss.

Dallas is still the favorite to win the series in the Las Vegas hockey odds at -370 while the Avalanche are +310 to move on.

 

Avs Power Play Wakes Up

If Colorado is to come back and win the series and over bettors get paid, its power play must be a factor.

The Avalanche are 4-for-5 with the man advantage in the games they won in the series and 0-for-8 in the three defeats. .

Artturi Lehkonen scored with less than one second left in the first period on the power play and Makar’s shot from the high slot eluded Oettinger to tie the game late in the second with a 5-on-4 skater advantage.

Colorado’s penalty kill was just 9-for-14 in the series going into the third period on Wednesday but muzzled two Dallas power-play tries with a one-goal lead.

 

 

Questions Of The Day

Which player leads Dallas in scoring during the series?


Miro Heiskanen. The defenseman has four goals and four assists in the first five games.

Will Jonathan Drouin make the scoresheet in Game 6?


Yes. The speedy forward returned from injury to post an assist in each of the last two games..

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