Colorado vs Edmonton: prediction for the NHL game
Colorado lost only two games in the current playoffs draw and are confidently making their way to the Stanley Cup final. The team played a very open brand of hockey against Edmonton in the first game of their semifinal tie and recorded a high-scoring victory (8:6).
However, the team's main goaltender Darcy Kuemper got injured in that game, and today Pavel Francouz will replace him in goal. This will make the Avalanche more vulnerable on defense, and they will have to act very aggressively in attack.
Edmonton have gained momentum and scored large numbers of goals in each of their games against Calgary in the quartefinals. Furthermore, the Oilers have good power play statistics - they convert 30% of their chances when they have man advantage.
We would also mention, that the team is yet to lose two away games in a row in the current playoffs. Jay Woodcroft's men demonstrate high performance and will be looking to level the score in the series in the upcoming game.
The Oilers have scored more than 3 goals in their last 6 games.
In the last game between the teams, 5 goals were scored in the first period.
The first game showed that Edmonton won't give in without a fight, not matter whether they play at home or away. Colorado's main goalie is injured, and that will surely make a big difference; Francouz doesn't have the same experience as Kuemper. We expect the Oilers to make use of Colorado's defensive problems and get a regulation-time win.
Our prediction - Asian handicap (+1) to Edmonton
Edmonton have scored at least four goals in each of their last six games. The team is excellent on offense and will exploit every problem that Colorado have in the upcoming fixture. Take the individual total of the visitors.
Second bet - Edmonton IT over 3.5 goals