NHL Odds Favor Sweep for Avalanche
It’s over. At least, that’s what the the NHL betting lines look like. The Colorado Avalanche are favored to sweep the Edmonton Oilers for Game 4 of their Western Conference Finals meeting. Each team will be missing key players thanks to injuries and a suspension. but the much deeper Avalanche will function more effectively than Edmonton. Hence the odds.
They are not the Stanley Cup favorites for a random reason. Colorado is one win away from returning to the Stanley Cup Finals for the first time in over two decades. The Avalanche soundly defeated the Oilers in Game 3 despite an early goal from Connor McDavid and a vicious hit from Evander Kane, which injured Nazem Kadri.
Kane 5 min major after this hit on Kadri pic.twitter.com/i2C6w9IkFV
— Spittin’ Chiclets (@spittinchiclets) June 5, 2022
Right after that hit by Kane, Colorado took over the game, gaining a lead which it never surrendered and going up 3-0 on the series. What’s even more impressive is how the Avalanche’s top players barely registered on the scores heet. Nathan MacKinnon had one assist while Cale Makar, Mikko Rantanen and Gabriel Landeskog had no points.
That’s just the depth of Colorado. This is a team whose third and fourth lines have outplayed Edmonton’s top-six forwards in several moments. Andrew Cogliano has more goals than Leon Draisaitl. Betting online on Colorado means a more dependable team can play better over 60 minutes of playoff hockey.
Oilers May Still Have Chance …
McDavid leads the Oilers in scoring and yet he is a -5 for the series and Edmonton is on the cusp of elimination. So what now? Kane is suspended for Game 4 and Kailer Yamamoto is also injured. While Colorado will also be without Kadri and other players, the loss of Kane and Yamamoto will impact Edmonton more.
The Oilers are getting outplayed on 5v5 as the team is yielding more scoring chances against and possession time. However, the high-danger opportunities favor Edmonton. Had Oilers goaltender Mike Smith not been so poor in the first two games, this series may be different. But, he’s not entirely to blame.
If Edmonton can convert on its scoring chances and Smith plays solid enough, the Oilers can capture Game 4 and avoid a sweep. It won’t be easy as Colorado is undefeated on the road in these playoffs and Pavel Francouz has been stalwart in net. But, as underdogs on the sportsbook, the Oilers could still be dangerous.
Avalanche vs Oilers Head-to-Head
The Avalanche are 7-3-0 in their last 10 games against Edmonton. Colorado has outscored Edmonton 40-32 despite their special teams not being too effective: 13.3 percent on the power-play and 69.6 percent on the penalty-kill. The total has split 5-5 on the over/under in these 10 games.
Avalanche vs Oilers Game Information
- Game: Avalanche (56-19-7) vs Oilers (49-27-6)
- Location: Rogers Place, Edmonton, Alberta
- Day/Time: Monday, 8 p.m. ET
- Avalanche vs Oilers Streaming: NHL.TV
Avalanche vs Oilers Betting Lines
Avalanche vs Oilers Prediction
It’s hard to bet against the Avalanche now that they have outplayed the Oilers for three straight games. Colorado’s depth is too much to overcome as its second and third lines have been scoring a lot more than Edmonton’s while McDavid’s line is giving up goals more than it is producing.
However, the Oilers do still have the best player in McDavid and they are still generating plenty of high-danger chances on 5v5. Edmonton should finally be able to convert on more of these while slowly learning to solve Francouz in net.