Edmonton Oilers vs Colorado Avalanche NHL Pick – Game 1

The NHL is set up with another strong night of playoff action on May 31. The Edmonton Oilers and the Colorado Avalanche will meet up in Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals on Tuesday night. These two teams have been strong throughout this season 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 8-4 throughout this postseason as the second seed in the Pacific division. The Oilers eliminated the Los Angeles Kings and the Calgary Flames to reach this point in the postseason. Edmonton has won their last four games of the playoffs and will look to remain hot. The Oilers will look for a quick start on the road in this series.

The Avalanche have put up a record of 8-2 so far in the playoffs as the top seed in the Central division. Colorado swept the Nashville Predators in the first round and won in six games in the second round. The Avalanche will look to remain dominant in this series as well. Colorado will look to earn a big win to open up the new series.

These two teams have been strong throughout this series and will look for a big win in this one. The Oilers have been strong as of late and will look to earn a big win in this one on the road. Colorado has been dominant in the playoffs and will look to keep it going. If either team can come out quickly in this one, it could be enough for the win.

Game Overview

The following odds are courtesy of Bovada:

Teams Spread Money Line Total
Edmonton Oilers +1 ½ (-150) +150 Over 7 (+110)
Colorado Avalanche -1 ½ (+130) -175 Under 7 (-130)
Team Data Edmonton Oilers Colorado Avalanche
Playoff Record 8-4 8-2
Playoff Away/ Home Record 4-2 3-2
Playoff GF/GP 4.33 4.30
Playoff GF/GP Away/ Home 4.67 3.40
Playoff SV% .918 .900
Playoff SV% Away/ Home .903 .899

Betting Trends

Edmonton Oilers

  • 8-9 on Tuesday nights
  • 2-7 when playing on three or more days rest
  • 26-11 after a divisional game
  • 19-15 after allowing four or more goals
  • 31-17 after scoring four goals or more
  • 13-9 after three or more straight wins
  • 31-23 against team with a winning record

Colorado Avalanche

  • 9-6 on Tuesday nights
  • 7-2 when playing on three or more days rest
  • 25-10 after a divisional game
  • 13-7 revenging loss to an opponent
  • 22-11 against team with a winning record

These two teams met up three times throughout the regular season. Mikko Rantanen had two goals, while Nathan MacKinnon had a goal and an assist as Colorado earned a 3-2 win in overtime. MacKinnon had a goal and the shootout winner in the second game as the Avalanche earned a 2-1 win. Evander Kane had three goals and an assist in the final meeting to lead Edmonton to a 6-3 win.

Special Teams

The Oilers have been strong on special teams throughout this postseason. Edmonton has scored on 11 of their 39 power play chances, which is a 28.2 percent power play. The Oilers have killed off 35 of their 41 power play attempts, which is an 85.4 percent kill rate. Edmonton is 3rd on the power play and 2nd on the kill in the field of 4.

Colorado has been great on the power play throughout the playoffs. The Avalanche have capitalized on 10 of their 29 power play opportunities, which is a 34.5 percent success rate. Colorado has given up 7 power play goals on 26 penalties against, which is a 73.1 percent penalty kill. The Avalanche are 1st on the man advantage and 4th on the penalty kill.

These two teams have been strong on the power play throughout these playoffs. The Avalanche have struggled a bit on the penalty kill and will look to turn it around in this one. Edmonton has been great on the kill and will look to step up early in this one. If either team can get a power play goal in this one, it could be enough for the win.

Goaltending Comparison

Mike Smith will get the start in the crease for Edmonton in this one. Smith has earned a record of 8-3 throughout his 12 starts in the playoffs. He has posted a .927 save percentage and GAA of 2.70 in those games. Smith finished with 32 saves on 36 shots against in Game 5 of the second round, which was enough to earn the win.

Darcy Kuemper will get the nod between the pipes for the Avalanche on Tuesday night. Kuemper has started in 9 games in the postseason, going 6-2 in those matchups. He has put up a save percentage of .904 and a 2.44 in those games. Kuemper stopped 18 of 20 shots in Game 6 to help lead Colorado past the second round for the first time in 20 years.

These two goalies have been strong throughout these playoffs and will look for a big win in this one. Smith has been great since getting pulled in Game 1 of the first round. Kuemper has dealt with some injury issues in the playoffs, but has been great. If either goalie can step up in Game 1, it could be enough to earn the win in this one.

Pick Overview

These two teams have been strong throughout this postseason and will look for a huge win as they meet up in Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals. Edmonton has won four games in a row and will look to step up early in this one. The Avalanche have only lost twice in the playoffs and will look for a huge win in this one. If the Oilers can come out fast though, I think they can win Game 1 on the road.

Bovada has Colorado listed as a -175 against the money line in this one. This implies that the Avalanche will win this game around 63.6 percent of the time. I think that this line should be closer to even with both teams coming off big series wins. Edmonton has lost their first two Game 1’s of these playoffs, but I think they can earn the win. As big underdogs, I like the value on the Oilers.

The Bet
Edmonton Oilers
+150
Andruw Burling / Author

Andruw Burling has been writing sports picks since 2017, covering mainly NHL and NBA content, but doing work in other sports as well. Andruw grew up in Las Vegas and has been around sports since a young age. He grew up a huge NHL and NBA fan and continues to use that knowledge in his content today.

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