The NHL is set up with strong game on Wednesday night. The Colorado Avalanche and the Dallas Stars will meet in Game 6 of their series. These two teams have battled it out in a tough series so far and the Avalanche will look to stay alive on September 2. This game will drop the puck at around 8:00 PM Eastern time on NBCSN.
The Avalanche put up a record of 42-20-8 throughout the regular season. Colorado was able to secure the second seed in the Western Conference through the round robin. The Avalanche met up with the Arizona Coyotes in the first round of the playoffs, where they knocked them out in five games. Colorado will look to bounce back with a win on Wednesday night to tie up this series.
Dallas finished out the regular season with a record of 37-24-8. The Stars finished in third place of the Western Conference after the round robin games. Dallas faced the Calgary Flames in the first round of the playoffs, where they were able to move on in six games. The Stars will look to book a spot in the Western Conference Finals with a win in Game 6.
These two teams have put up a strong record throughout these playoffs to earn a spot here in the second round. The Avalanche earned a strong win in Game 5 to stay alive in this series. Colorado needs to come up clutch again though if they want to avoid elimination. I expect the Avalanche to come out quickly in this one as they look to stay alive.
Game 1 of this series was on August 22. Nathan MacKinnon scored two goals and an assist, while Gabriel Landeskog added a goal and an assist. Jamie Benn finished with three assists, while Alexander Radulov had two goals and an assist. Tyler Seguin scored once and added an assist as well. Anton Khudobin stopped 28 of 31 shots to propel the Stars to a 5-3 win.
The second game of this series was back on August 24. Nathan MacKinnon and Mikko Rantanen both had a goal and an assist for the Avalanche. Alexander Radulov had another strong performance, scoring a goal and putting up an assist. Anton Khudobin finished with 38 saves on 40 shots to help propel the Stars to a 5-2 win to take a 2-0 series lead.
Game 3 of this series was back on August 26. Jamie Benn scored a goal and an assist. Cale Makar put up three assists, while Nazem Kadri scored a goal and an assist. Mikko Rantanen and Nikita Zadorov both finished with a goal and an assist as well. The Avalanche were able to cut the series lead to 2-1 with a 6-4 win.
Game 4 was on August 30 between these two teams. Valeri Nichushkin scored twice, and Cale Makar had a goal and an assist. Radek Faksa scored a goal and two assists, while Roope Hintz and John Klingberg scored a goal and an assist. The Stars took a stranglehold on the series with a 5-4 win.
These two teams met up again on August 31 for Game 5. Denis Gurianov tallied up three assists and Miro Heiskanen scored a goal and an assist. It was not enough for the Stars to close out the series though. Andre Burakovsky scored twice and added an assist, while Nathan MacKinnon and Mikko Rantanen each had a goal and an assist. Colorado stayed alive with a 6-3 win.
The Avalanche had solid special teams throughout the regular season. Colorado capitalized on 19.1 percent of their power play chances, while killing off 81.4 percent of the penalties against them. The Avalanche have kept their power play going in the postseason, scoring on 23.7 percent of their opportunities. Colorado stopped 77.8 percent of opponent’s power plays in the postseason.
Dallas had solid special teams throughout the regular season. The Stars scored on 21.1 percent of their power play opportunities. Dallas also finished with a 79.7 percent penalty kill on the season. The Stars have posted a 26 percent power play percentage in the playoffs and an 81.1 percent penalty kill rate.
These two teams have put up strong special teams throughout the playoffs. Dallas has been better in this series, but the Avalanche have a power play that can go off at any point. The Stars need to keep them in check in Game 6. This entire series has been high scoring, so both teams will look to tighten up their defense in general for this matchup.
The Avalanche have run into goaltending issues in this series. Michael Hutchinson stopped 34 of 37 shots throughout this series and could get the start after winning Game 5. Pavel Francouz was out in Game 5 as he was unfit to play. He has earned a save percentage of .892 and a GAA of 3.23 throughout the playoffs.
Anton Khudobin will get the start in the crease for the Stars in this game. Khudobin put up a record of 16-8-4 throughout the regular season. He has posted a save percentage of .930 and a 2.22 GAA. Khudobin has earned a .911 save percentage and a GAA of 2.86 throughout this playoff run. Khudobin will look to put up another strong start in this one.
The Avalanche have giant question mark coming into Game 6 of this series. I expect Colorado to go with Michael Hutchinson again after he helped them win Game 5. Francouz and Philipp Grubauer are likely still unfit to play, which could hurt the Avalanche. Colorado needs to tighten up their defense to help whichever goalie gets the start.
These two teams have battle back and forth in this series, which should lead to another good on Wednesday night. Colorado has cut the series down to 3-2, but I believe that the Stars will knock them out in this one. Dallas has been doing really well on offense in this series. With the Avalanche likely down to their third string goalie, it could be too tough to stop the Stars.
BetOnline has Colorado listed as a -123 against the money line in this one. This implies that the Avalanche will win this game around 55.2 percent of the time. With Colorado battling injuries and Dallas putting up some dominant performances, I think the Stars have a lot of value. Dallas has looked like the better team and I expect them to bounce back after being embarrassed in Game 5.