The third-round matchup between the Colorado Avalanche and the Edmonton Oilers kicks off with the series starting in Colorado.
Colorado Avalanche (-190) vs Edmonton Oilers (+155)
This series will bring us the best-on-best as the Avalanche dominated and finished first in the Western Conference this season with many superstars like Nathan MacKinnon and Cale Makar at the helm. On the other side, you have the best player in the world, Connor McDavid, and Leon Draisaitl who is one of the best as well.
The Avalanche won two of the three regular-season games against the Oilers with one ending in a shootout and the other finishing in overtime. The Avalanche may have the overall team advantage, but the Oilers have heard that one before. Sometimes all it takes is the best players in the world playing like it. For the value, let’s take the Oilers in Game 1 of this series to add to their current four-game win streak.
Each team may have been better than average goaltending-wise in the first two rounds, but now each of them is very offensive and high flying, which should bring tons of goals each game. The Oilers have two of the top five scorers in the playoffs with McDavid and Draisaitl combining for 52 points in 12 games while the Avalanche have five players at a point per game through 10 playoff games. The first two games of the season series were close, low-scoring games before the final game featured the offensive talent on full display in a 6-3 Oilers win. That should be more like what we’ll see in this series, so take the over (O7, +105).
Both teams should come out flying out of the gates because most players on either team haven’t been to the third round of the playoffs and they know who’s on the other side. Saying this, we should expect some early goals in the game, so take the over in the first period (O2.5, +190). The second period has also been the Oilers’ best, especially in Round 2, so we’ll take them to win the second period by a score of 2-1 (+950).
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