The Colorado Avalanche and Edmonton Oilers are at Rogers Place to drop the puck in what is going to be an entertaining matchup.
Some good games are on the NHL menu tonight, but the Avalanche and Oilers stand above the rest. Could this be a preview of the Western Conference Final?
— AltitudeTV (@AltitudeTV) April 9, 2022
Avalanche fans expect to be one of the last two teams standing this season. If the Avalanche don’t reach the Stanley Cup Final and raise the Stanley Cup, was this season a success?
Nope, it’s the same as the Tampa Bay Lightning when they dominated during the regular season and failed in the playoffs. Ask the Lightning how well it went for them after winning the Presidents’ Trophy.
The Oilers have had a wild season, and it depends on what mood they’re going to be in this postseason. They’ve experienced just about everything.
From cold streaks to red-hot runs that have the Oilers playing like the best team in the league. It depends when you catch the Oilers.
Right now, the Oilers are on fire with six straight wins and a win in seven of their last eight attempts. Is this the team we will see in the playoffs, though? Questionable.
Head below for our free Avalanche vs. Oilers prediction on April 9, 2022.
Colorado Avalanche vs. Edmonton Oilers Betting Odds and Team Statistics:
The following odds are courtesy of Bovada:
|Colorado Avalanche||-1.5 (+185)||-115||Over 6.5 (-120)|
|Edmonton Oilers||+1.5 (-225)||-105||Under 6.5 (+100)|
|Team Data||Colorado Avalanche||Edmonton Oilers|
|Goals Per Game||3.80||3.47|
|Goals Against Per Game||2.76||3.17|
|Shots Per Game||35.34||33.69|
|Shots Against Per Game||31.90||31.92|
Avalanche vs. Oilers Prediction:
It has been tough to stop the Oilers at the moment. When their offense is rolling like this, the Oilers are one of the toughest teams to beat in the NHL. In top form, Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl are the most formidable 1-2 punch.
The Oilers took a gamble on adding Evander Kane to their team, and it’s paid off well. Kane has kept his head down and hasn’t been a distraction in Edmonton. He’s an asset to any team when there aren’t any off-ice problems.
The Oilers have scored 4.1 goals per game through their last ten outings. Overall, they’re in the top-10 in the major offensive categories on the season. They are seventh in the NHL with 3.47 goals per game and better at home.
Edmonton has scored 3.66 goals per game at home, though they could improve on their 3.29 goals against per game.
Sloppy defense is never advised against this Avs team. The Avalanche’s quick-strike offense is well-documented.
Colorado Avalanche vs. Edmonton Oilers Betting Trends:
- 47-14 overall in their previous 61 games
- 5-1 overall in their previous six games on the road
- 11-2 overall in their previous 13 games on a back-to-back
- 13-5 overall in their previous 18 games as a road favorite
- OVER is 3-2 in their previous five games
- 6-0 overall in their previous six games
- 9-0 overall in their previous nine games at home
- OVER is 11-1 in their previous 12 games at home
- OVER is 7-2 in their previous nine games versus the Western Conference
- OVER is 9-3 in their previous 12 games on a one-day rest
The Avs are the third-best team in the NHL, with 3.61 goals per game. Edmonton is in the top-10 in offensive stats, while the Avs are top-5.
Colorado has recorded 35.3 shots per game, and a deadly power play is employed. The Avs are fifth in the NHL, with a success rate of 25.2% on the power play. They should exploit an Edmonton team allowing 3.2 goals per game.
Mikko Koskinen gets the call for the Oilers, as he looks to improve on a pedestrian 3.10 GAA and 0.902 save percentage. He’s been shaky against the Avs in past starts.
Koskinen owns a 4.19 GAA, and 0.889 save percentage against the Avalanche in four outings. The Avs have been active, with 3.7 goals per game in their previous ten attempts.
Look for an OVER game at Rogers Place in Edmonton on Hockey Night in Canada.