The Colorado Avalanche are a win away from making their return to the 2022 Stanley Cup Finals after a long while. But can they do it in four games against the desperate Edmonton Oilers? Or will the Oilers force another game? Check out our preview below of this Avs vs. Oilers 2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs showdown.
Betting Preview for the Colorado Avalanche vs Edmonton Oilers 2022 West Finals Game 3 on June 6, 2022
Where: Rogers Place, Edmonton
When: Monday, June 6, 2022, 8:00 PM ET
TV Broadcast: TNT
Betting on the Colorado Avalanche (-1.5)
Regular Season Record: 56-19-7
The Avs are looking like an unkillable bunch in the playoffs. By coming back from a 1-0 deficit in Game 3 against the Oilers and finishing with a 4-2 victory, Colorado has now got seven comeback victories in the 2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs. And it seems that the Avs have broke Edmonton and the Oilers, who will have to defy dizzying odds to come back and win this series from 0-3 down. The Avs showered Edmonton with 43 shots on goal in Game 3 while allowing just 29 from the Oilers. Valeri Nichushkin earned first-star honors by netting two goals, while Devon Toews had a pair of assists. Colorado has so many weapons on both ends of the ice, and their blue line needs some special mention here, as it’s been crucial in containing the Oilers’ skaters, with Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl posting just 43.01 xGF% and 48.13 xGF%, respectively, in the series. The Avs might not have Nazem Kadri for the rest of the series, though, after suffering an injury in Game 3.
The Avalanche are 6-0 in their last 6 road games.
Betting on the Edmonton Oilers (+1.5)
Regular Season Record: 49-27-6
The Oilers are down but not out. They also still have McDavid, who, despite struggling in the face of a pesky group of Colorado defensemen, is still a talented player who can take over a game on any given day. McDavid scored a goal in Game 3 to add to his postseason tally, but what he also needs is production from his teammates – or at least better penalty management. The Avs had five power-play opportunities in Game 3, and while Edmonton admirably shut all those man-advantage chances by Colorado, that must be so taxing for 40-year-old goalie Mike Smith, who still earned second-star honors for making 39 stops. Kadri’s potential absence in Game 4 could definitely benefit the Oilers, who are still generating great looks at the goal, but just couldn’t get the puck to go in a more consistent manner.
The Oilers, who have a 5-on-5 56.45 HDCF% in the series, are 20-6 in their last 26 home games.
The Oilers win, 4-3.
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