- The Colorado Avalanche are -250 favorites over the Edmonton Oilers in the Stanley Cup Western Conference final
- It’s the first playoff series between Colorado and Edmonton since 1998
- All of the Oilers vs Avalanche odds, picks, predictions and best bets are assessed in the following story
Getting to the Stanley Cup Western Conference final has been a long time coming for both the Edmonton Oilers and Colorado Avalanche. So has contesting a playoff series against each other.
Colorado is in the conference final for the first time since 2002. Edmonton’s last trip to the conference final was in 2006. This is the first time these two teams are clashing in the NHL playoff bracket since the second round of the 1998 playoffs.
It’s all coming together this year and when it’s all said and done, oddsmakers are seeing the Avalanche coming out the other side. Colorado is being set as the -250 favorites to win the series.
Avalanche vs Oilers Series Odds
Odds as of May 28th at DraftKings Sportsbook.
Colorado Avalanche vs Edmonton Oilers Betting Trends
At a betting line of -250, the Avalanche are given an 71.43% implied probability in this series. Each team has a win in two previous playoff meetings.
The Avs are 3-1 straight up in their past four games against the Oilers and 3-0 SU in the last three games between two teams at Colorado’s Ball Arena.
CONNOR MCDAVID WITH THE GAME WINNER!
OILERS ADVANCE! pic.twitter.com/VqothPhhes
— DraftKings Sportsbook (@DKSportsbook) May 27, 2022
Defenseman Sam Girard (broken sternum) is out for the Avs. The Oilers report no injuries.
Both of Colorado’s wins over Edmonton this season were won in extra time. All three games between the two clubs ended in one-goal decisions./
Avalanche vs Oilers 2021-22 Results
|3/21/2022||Colorado 3 Edmonton 2 (OT)||COL||EDM||Under|
|4/9/2022||Edmonton 1 Colorado 2 (SO)||COL||EDM||Under|
|4/22/2022||Edmonton 6 Colorado 5||EDM||EDM||Over|
Prior to this season, the winning team between Colorado and Edmonton had covered the puckline in five straight games. The over/under is 5-5 in the last 10 Avs-Oilers games.
Game 1 of the Western Conference final is set for 8 pm ET at Ball Arena on Tuesday, May 31. TNT is carrying the broadcast. The remainder of the series slate hasn’t been announced.
Who’s Your Mac Daddy?
Edmonton’s dynamic duo of Connor McDavid (7-19-26) and Leon Draisaitl (7-19-26) sit tied atop the playoff scoring race with identical stat lines. McDavid, the +425 second betting choice in the Hart Trophy odds, netted his first Stanley Cup overtime goal to eliminate the Calgary Flames in the second round.
McDavid is the first Art Ross Trophy winner to reach the Stanley Cup final four in more than a decade. Draisaitl collected 17 points in the five-game Calgary series.
Connor McDavid or Nathan MacKinnon will be in the Stanley Cup Final. That rules, man
— Justin Emerson (@J15Emerson) May 28, 2022
Avalanche star Nathan MacKinnon collected his second career Stanley Cup hat-trick in Game 5 of the second round against the St Louis Blues.
MacKinnon surpassed the 80-point mark in his playoff career, tying Sidney Crosby for the fourth-fewest games (59) to reach 80 playoff points. His 82 points in 60 contests rates as the third-highest average (1.37) in NHL postseason history.
Makar May Be The Difference Maker
Colorado defenseman Cale Makar, the favorite in the Norris Trophy odds. He’s tied for first on the Avalanche with 13 points (3-10) this postseason.
Makar collected 10 points in the first-round series sweep of Nashville. That was the most points ever by a defenseman in a four-game series, as well as the most ever by a blueliner through the first four games of the NHL postseason.
Starting Tuesday night: As many as seven games over 14 days of Connor McDavid/Leon Draisaitl vs. Nathan MacKinnon/Cale Makar.
Sign me up.
— Ryan O'Halloran (@ryanohalloran) May 28, 2022
He’s garnered 44 points in 45 career Stanley Cup games. Edmonton doesn’t have a defenseman with the capabilty of taking over a game in the manner that Makar can.
Colorado Avalanche Depth Will Outlast Edmonton Oilers
Zero questions about it.
Nathan MacKinnon's ridiculous hat trick goal is the Goal of the Week!
— NHL (@NHL) May 27, 2022
The Avalanche are the only unbeaten (5-0) road team in the Stanley Cup playoffs. They’ve also registered a playoff-leading five comeback victories.
Edmonton has high-end talent but top to bottom, Colorado is the better team. In a long series, that will make the difference.
Pick: Colorado Avalanche (-250).