The Edmonton Oilers and the Colorado Avalanche are meeting in the Stanley Cup Playoffs semifinals. Which of these red-hot teams will take Game 1 of the series? Check out our preview below of this Oilers vs. Avalanche 2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs matchup.
Betting Preview for the Edmonton Oilers vs Colorado Avalanche 2022 West Finals Game 1 on May 31, 2022
Where: Ball Arena, Denver
When: Tuesday, May 31, 2022, 8:00 PM ET
TV Broadcast: TNT
Betting on the Edmonton Oilers (+1.5)
Regular Season Record: 49-22-11
How about them Oilers? They have to be taken seriously at this point, given the way they dominated the Calgary Flames in the Battle of Alberta in the second round. Connor McDavid and company solved the Flames in just five games – the same Flames squad that finished with the most points among Pacific Division teams back in the regular season. With McDavid and Leon Draisaitl spearheading the Oilers and the team’s speed, Edmonton was able to survive the Flames, who won the possession battle in the series by a big margin. So far in the playoffs, McDavid and Draisaitl each have 26 points (exactly 7 goals and 19 assists apiece). In contrast, Evander Kane and Zach Hyman have been excellent complementary pieces, with 15 and 12 points, respectively.
The Over is 4-1 in the Oilers’ last five games overall.
Betting on the Colorado Avalanche (-1.5)
Regular Season Record: 56-19-7
While the Oilers have McDavid, the Avalanche have Nathan MacKinnon, who’s simply been sensational in the postseason. So far in the playoffs, MacKinnon has 13 points on the strength of 8 goals and 5 assists. Colorado posted a 59.22 CF% in the second round against the Blues and had a 19.41 xGF to just 14.2 by St. Louis. With plenty of playmakers and lethal scorers, the Avalanche have the potential to win the possession battle by a wide margin again in the next round versus Edmonton. Although the Oilers were able to surpass Calgary, which also dominated the possession, the Avs are different in a major way: they are much better when it comes to converting high-danger chances to goals.
The Under is 3-1 in the Avs’ last four home games.
The Avs win, 4-3.
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