The NHL is set up with another strong slate of playoff action on Thursday night. The Edmonton Oilers and the Colorado Avalanche will meet up in Game 2 of the Western Conference Finals on June 2. These two teams met in an exciting matchup in Game 1 and will look for a big win in this one. This game will drop the puck at around 8:00 PM Eastern time on TNT.
Edmonton has earned a record of 8-5 throughout this postseason as the second seed in the Pacific division. The Oilers knocked out the Los Angeles Kings in seven games and the Calgary Flames in five. Edmonton fell short on their comeback in Game 1, but will look to tie this series back up. The Oilers will look for a smoother start on the road in this one.
The Avalanche have put up a record of 9-2 throughout these playoffs as the top seed in the Central division. Colorado swept the Nashville Predators and took out the St. Louis Blues in six games to reach the Conference Finals. The Avalanche will look to build on their last win in this one. I expect Colorado to come out strong again in Game 2.
These two teams have been strong throughout these playoffs and will look for a big win in this one. The Oilers have been strong throughout the playoffs, fighting off adversity to reach the Conference Finals. Colorado has been dominant during this run. If either team can come out quickly in this one, it could be enough for the win on Thursday.
The following odds are courtesy of Bovada:
|Edmonton Oilers||+1 ½ (-145)||+155||Over 7 (-130)|
|Colorado Avalanche||-1 ½ (+125)||-180||Under 7 (+110)|
|Team Data||Edmonton Oilers||Colorado Avalanche|
|Playoff Away/ Home Record||4-3||4-2|
|Playoff GF/GP Away/ Home||4.86||4.17|
|Playoff SV% Away/ Home||.892||.886|
- 3-0 when trailing in series
- 19-16 after allowing four or more goals
- 14-11 after a loss by two goals or more
- 31-18 after scoring four goals or more
- 31-24 against team with a winning record
- 5-2 when leading in series
- 19-8 after allowing four goals or more
- 29-14 after a win by two or more goals
- 33-19 after scoring four or more goals
- 34-17 against team with a winning record
These two teams met up in an exciting Game 1 on May 31. Connor McDavid had a goal and two assists, while Evander Kane and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins both had a goal and an assist. It was not enough for the Oilers though. Cale Makar had a goal and two assists, while J.T. Compher scored twice. The Avalanche were able to earn a 8-6 win to take the early series lead.
G A M E D A Y
Back to work for Game 2 in Denver!
— Edmonton Oilers (@EdmontonOilers) June 2, 2022
The Oilers have been strong on special teams throughout this postseason. Edmonton has scored on 12 of their 41 power play chances, which is a 29.3 percent power play. The Oilers have killed off 36 of their opponents 43 power play attempts, which is an 83.7 percent kill rate. Edmonton is 3rd on the power play and 2nd on the kill in the remaining field of 4.
Colorado has been great on the power play so far these playoffs. The Avalanche have capitalized on 11 of their 31 power play opportunities, which is a 35.5 percent success rate. Colorado has given up 8 power play goals on 28 penalties against, which is a 71.4 percent penalty kill. The Avalanche are 1st on the man advantage and 4th on the penalty kill.
These two teams have been solid on special teams throughout these playoffs. Edmonton has had the better penalty kill in the playoffs, but the Avalanche have been dominant on the power play. Both teams had one power play goal in this one. If either team can get a power play goal in this one, it could be enough to give them the edge.
Mike Smith will get the start in the crease for Edmonton in Game 2 of this series. Smith has started in 13 games this series, going 8-3 in those matchups. He has posted a .917 save percentage and a GAA of 3.12 in those games. Smith finished with 19 saves on 25 shots before getting pulled in Game 1. He will look to bounce back in this one though.
I expect Pavel Francouz to get the nod between the pipes for the Avalanche on Thursday night. Francouz has earned a record of 3-0 in his 3 appearances in the playoffs. He has put up a save percentage of .889 and a 3.59 GAA in those outings. Francouz stopped 18 saves on 21 shots in Game 1 after stepping in for the injured Darcy Kuemper.
These two goalies are coming off rough performances in Game 1 of this series and will look to tighten up on Thursday. Kuemper is not listed as out for this game, but Avalanche coach Jared Bednar, did not sound confident in his availability for Game 2. The Oilers will look to test Francouz early in this one. If either goalie can come out fast, it could lead their team to the win.
These two teams met up in an exciting Game 1 of this series, but will look to tighten up their defense going forward. The Oilers have responded all postseason after a Game 1 loss and will look to do so again on the road. If Colorado has Francouz in, I think Edmonton has the edge in net. If the Oilers can grab the early lead, I think they can hold on to tie this series up.
Bovada has the Avalanche listed as a -180 against the money line in this one. This implies that Colorado will win this game around 64.3 percent of the time. I think that this line should be closer to even with both teams playing a tight Game 1. Edmonton was one shot from a big win in Game 1 and will look to tie this series before going back home. As underdogs, I like the value on the Oilers.