Colorado Avalanche vs. Edmonton Oilers Game 4 Prediction, NHL Odds

Jordan Ramsay | Updated Jun 06, 2022

The Edmonton Oilers have a daunting task ahead of them as only four teams in NHL history have ever made a successful comeback when trailing 3-0 in a best-of-7 playoff series.

Colorado
56-19-5-2
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June 06, 2022, 8:00 PM ET
Rogers Place
Edmonton
49-27-5-1
Puckline -1.5 +175
Moneyline -129
Over / Under o +6.5

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Puckline +1.5 -210
Moneyline +107
Over / Under u +6.5

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The Edmonton Oilers sit on the brink on the brink of elimination as they try to avoid being swept by the Colorado Avalanche in the Western Conference Final on Monday in Edmonton.  Following a 4-2 win in Game 3, the Avalanche are one win away from punching their ticket to the Stanley Cup Final for the first time since 2001.

Colorado is a -140 favourite to win Game 4, with a total of 6.5 on the NHL odds.

Avalanche vs. Oilers NHL Playoffs Betting Odds

The Avs are likely feeling confident on Monday as they’ve taken six of the last seven head-to-heads.  In six games this year, regular season and playoffs combined, these two offensive-minded teams have actually seen the total go Under four times.

Colorado’s Game 3 victory extended their road record in these playoffs to a perfect 6-0.  In fact, they’ve only lost twice in 13 postseason games, both against St. Louis in the second-round.  The total has gone Under in seven of their last 10 trips to Edmonton.  The Avalanche enter Game 4 as -5000 favourites to win the series.

The Oilers have been strong at home, with Game 3 equalling just their fourth loss in their last 20 games at Rogers Place.  They’ve surprisingly combined for low scoring games against Colorado as the total has gone Under in five of the last seven meetings between the teams.  Edmonton is +1048 on the series line.  They would become just the fifth team in NHL history to successfully rally from a 3-0 series deficit if they can complete the comeback.

Oddsmakers are now favouring a Colorado sweep at -130.  This series reaching a Game 7 is the biggest long shot, with the Oilers or Avalanche winning in seven games each listed at +1545.

Colorado Avalanche

Valeri Nichushkin made the most of his promotion to the top line in Game 3, scoring Colorado’s first two goals.  The Avalanche’s depth was on full display as three different lines scored, with J.T. Compher and Mikko Rantanen each recording third period goals.  Pavel Francouz made 27 saves in net.  Regular starter Darcy Kuemper practiced on Sunday, but likely isn’t ready to return from an undisclosed injury suffered in Game 1.  Francouz has stopped 51 of 53 shots faced in Games 2 and 3.

Colorado is one game away from the Stanley Cup Finals, but their Game 3 victory came at a cost.  Avalanche centre Nazem Kadri was injured after being hit from behind about a minute into the game.  Kadri, who had three primary assists in Game 2, has been ruled out of the rest of the series and possibly beyond.  He reportedly left the arena on Saturday with a cast on his right arm.  It’s suspected Kadri is dealing either with a wrist or thumb injury.  Andre Burakovsky is questionable for Game 4.  Burakovsky hasn’t played since suffering a lower-body injury in game 1.

Edmonton Oilers

There’s no sugar-coating it for Edmonton fans as the Oilers’ backs are seriously up against the wall.  Of the 202 teams that have fallen behind 3-0 in an NHL best-of-7 playoff series, only four have ever rallied to win the series.  Things started off well in Game 3, however.  Connor McDavid scored 38 seconds into the game on Edmonton’s first shot, but the momentum disappeared when Evander Kane was assessed a five-minute penalty for hitting Kadri from behind less than a minute later.  Kane, who leads the Oilers with 13 goals in these playoffs, wasn’t ejected from the game, but he was later suspended for Game 4.  Ryan McLeod scored Edmonton’s other goal on Saturday, while Mike Smith made 39 saves.

The Oilers are on the verge of wasting one of the best individual offensive playoff performances in decades.  McDavid, who leads the playoffs in points (9G, 21A), has taken the sixth-fewest games in NHL history to hit the 30-point mark in a single postseason.  Only Wayne Gretzky (1983, 1985, 1988), Mark Messier (1988) and Mario Lemieux (1992) have done it in less games.  For more perspective, all of those playoff performances, except for Gretzky in 1983, ended in Stanley Cup wins.

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