Edmonton Oilers vs. Colorado Avalanche Game 2 Prediction, NHL Odds

Jordan Ramsay | Updated Jun 01, 2022

Can one of these teams lock things down defensively when the Colorado Avalanche and Edmonton Oilers square off in Denver for Game 2 of the Western Conference Final on Thursday?

Edmonton
49-27-5-1
AT
June 02, 2022, 8:00 PM ET
Pepsi Center
Colorado
56-19-5-2
Puckline +1.5 -174
Moneyline +133
Over / Under o +7

70%

Betting Action

30%

Puckline -1.5 +145
Moneyline -160
Over / Under u +7

70%

Betting Action

30%

The Colorado Avalanche and Edmonton Oilers played very loose with the word “defence” in Game 1 of the Western Conference Final on Tuesday with the teams combing to score 14 goals in the game.  The Avalanche now lead the best-of-seven series 1-0 following an 8-6 win in Game 1, but goaltending questions surround both teams as they prepare for Game 2 in Denver on Thursday.

Colorado is a -185 favourite to win on the NHL odds, with a total of 7.0.

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The altitude doesn’t seem to do Edmonton much good as they’ve dropped their last four games in Denver.  Dating back to the regular season, the Avalanche have won three of four meetings this year, but only one game was decided by more than two goals.  The Over/Under has split equally in the four games.

The Oilers have struggled against Colorado, dropping four of the last five head-to-heads.  Tuesday’s offensive bonanza was par for the course for this team, however, as they have hit the Over in five of their last six games overall and five of their last seven on the road.  Edmonton now sits as a +317 series underdog after opening at +183.

The Avalanche’s home dominance continued in Game 1 as they improved to 11-4 straight up in their last 15 games at Ball Arena.  They also haven’t shied away from goals and have hit the Over in four of their last five games.  Colorado has been bumped up from a -250 favourite to win the series entering Game 1 to a -500 favourite entering Game 2.

The favoured exact series result remains the Avalanche to win in five games at +227.  The biggest long shot is Edmonton winning in five games at +1511.

Edmonton Oilers

Here’s one of many hard-to-believe stats that came out of Game 1 for the Oilers: Edmonton had six different goal scorers on Tuesday and still managed to lose the game.  They held the lead for all of 36 seconds when Evander Kane opened the scoring early in the first period, but promptly gave up a goal and never got back on top.  Connor McDavid, Zach Hyman, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Derek Ryan and Ryan McLeod also scored, while Leon Draisaitl had two assists.  Hyman has scored in six straight postseason games, tying the franchise record set by Esa Tikkanen in the 1990 playoffs.

Mike Smith was pulled in net after giving up six goals on 25 shots.  Mikko Koskinen stopped 20 of 21 shots faced in relief.  Head coach Jay Woodcroft has refused to name a starter for Game 2 until Thursday, which obviously indicates Smith is on the hot seat.  Whoever ends up starting has a tall task stopping the red hot Avalanche offence, but the Oilers are no stranger to bouncing back from Game 1 losses.  Edmonton has dropped the first game in all three rounds of the playoffs this year.  They bounced back against L.A. with a 6-0 win in Game 2 and won four straight against Calgary after losing the first game 9-6.

Colorado Avalanche

Somebody might need to tell Colorado that defence isn’t optional when you trying to win the Stanley Cup.  The Avalanche’s impressive offensive performance in Game 1 was overshadowed by a brutal defensive game.  They gave up 37 shots in total, with Darcy Kuemper allowing three goals on 16 shots before leaving the game with an upper-body injury.  Backup Pavel Francouz made 18 save on 21 shots faced in relief.  Kuemper’s status is up in the air on Thursday as head coach Jared Bednar said he has no idea how long his No. 1 goalie will be out, but he could be ready for Game 2.  It’s tough to tell if Bednar is being cagey with details to not tip his hand, but Kuemper took two hard shots to the head minutes before leaving on Tuesday.

J.T. Compher scored twice for Colorado in Game 1, while Nathan MacKinnon, Cale Makar, Gabriel Landeskog, Nazem Kadri, Mikko Rantanen and Andrew Cogliano each scored once.  Colorado had 12 different players record points and six had multi-point games.  The Avs tied a franchise record for most goals scored in a playoff game.  It was also the second-highest scoring game in this round or later in NHL playoff history.

Since relocating to Denver, the Avalanche have a 19-6 series record when winning the first game of a best-of-seven.

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