The betting odds and picks covering everything to do with the Colorado Avalanche vs. Edmonton Oilers game as the Avalanche hold a 1-0 series lead.
Colorado Avalanche (-175) vs Edmonton Oilers (+145)
These high-flying teams are back at it after a barn-burner in Game 1 that saw the Avalanche win 8-6. There was a controversial call that kept a goal on the board, but in the end, 14 were put past the goaltenders on each side. Mike Smith was pulled for the second straight Game 1, but he and the Oilers have bounced back in each of the Game 2s of this postseason and look to do so for a third consecutive time.
The status of the Avalanche starter Darcy Kuemper is uncertain, so we will likely see Pavel Francouz in net. Neither goaltender looked particularly good, so the Oilers won’t have the toughest of times getting pucks in the back of the net once again. As the Oilers typically do, they should bounce back in this one with a much better effort defensively and tie the series. So take the Oilers as they have good odds once again.
There was almost no question these teams were going to hit the over in Game 1 with the offensive skill each team possesses and their focus on offence. Game 2 may not see 14 goals scored between the teams as they will likely try and tighten things up a bit, but it will still see lots of goals. Oilers’ Smith has been very up and down in these playoffs, but he hasn’t had two bad games in a row. Expect him to stick it out, even if he allows four or so goals. While the Oilers’ top lines should continue to fill the net, the third line has been looking good and is due for a goal or two. Take the over once again (O7, -135).
Both teams got on the scoresheet early and often in Game 1 as it was 3-2 heading into the first intermission. We will once again go with the over in the first period (2.5, +140) as an early lead is very important between the two teams. The Oilers have been notorious for coming back in games, so we will also take the Avalanche to lead after the first period (+125) for good odds against a team that goes down early more often than not.
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