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Avalanche vs Oilers: 2022 NHL Western Conference Final schedule, odds, picks, breakdown

McDavid Makar Avalanche Oilers
Colorado Avalanche defensemen Cale Makar (8) tries to block a shot by Edmonton Oilers forward Connor McDavid (97) during the third period at Rogers Place. Mandatory Credit: Perry Nelson-USA TODAY Sports

2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs: Colorado Avalanche vs. Edmonton Oilers Western Conference Final

How To Watch

Game Date Time (ET) Host TV
1 Tuesday, May 31 8 p.m. COL TNT
2 Thursday, June 2 8 p.m. COL TNT
3 Saturday, June 4 3 p.m. EDM TNT
4 Monday, June 6 8 p.m. EDM TNT
5* Wednesday, June 8 TBD COL TNT
6* Friday, June 10 TBD EDM TNT
7* Sunday, June 12 TBD COL TNT

*If necessary

 

Tale of the Tape (regular season stats)

Avalanche STAT Predators
56-19-7 (119 pts) Record 49-27-6 (104 pts)
3.80 (4th in NHL) Goals Per Game 3.52 (8th in NHL)
2.86 (10th) Goals Allowed Per Game 3.10 (18th)
+78 Goal Differential +38
32-5-4 Home, 24-14-3 Away Home/Away Record 28-12-1 Home, 21-15-5 Away
24.36% (6th) Power Play 26.07% (3rd)
79.22% (16th) Penalty Kill 79.20% (17th)
 
  • 2021-22 Head-To-Head: Avalanche went 2-1 vs. Oilers in regular season
  • How COL got here: def. Predators in 4 games, def. Blues in 6 games
  • How EDM got here: def. Kings in 7 games, def. Flames in 5 games

 

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Colorado Leaders

MacKinnon Landeskog Avalanche
Gabriel Landeskog, left, is congratulated by teammate Nathan MacKinnon (29) after scoring during the third period in Game 3 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup second-round playoff series against the St. Louis Blues Saturday, May 21, 2022, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
  • Nathan MacKinnon, C: 8 goals, 5 assists, 13 points in 10 playoff games
  • Cale Makar, D: 3 goals, 10 assists, 13 points, 26:42 ATOI in 10 playoff games
  • Gabriel Landeskog, LW: 6 goals, 5 assists, 11 points in 10 playoff games

 

Edmonton Leaders

McDavid Oilers
Connor McDavid, right, celebrates his goal against the Calgary Flames with defenseman Cody Ceci in overtime in Game 5 of an NHL hockey second-round playoff series Thursday, May 26, 2022, in Calgary, Alberta. (Jeff McIntosh/The Canadian Press via AP)
  • Connor McDavid, C: 7 goals, 19 assists, 26 points in 12 playoff games
  • Leon Draisaitl, C: 7 goals, 19 assists, 26 points in 12 playoff games
  • Evander Kane, LW: 12 goals, 3 assists, 15 points in 12 playoff games

 

Series Odds

Series Prediction

Avalanche win in 7 games (4-3)

This is the largest stage that Connor McDavid has performed on in terms of his NHL career as he and his Oilers have reached the Western Conference Final for the first time since he arrived on the scene. 

Unfortunately for them, they’re playing a Colorado team that seems all but destined to be at this point and beyond — a stacked powerhouse of offensive firepower from all corners of the roster.

It’s the first team that can legitimately keep up with Edmonton’s fearsome trio of McDavid, Leon Draisaitl, and Evander Kane, who have combined for 26 goals and 67 points over the first two rounds. 

While the Avalanche boasts its own stable of stars like the dynamic two-way defenseman in Cale Makar — who is already on a Hall-of-Fame trajectory — and Nathan MacKinnon, they also have a defense that has conceded more than three goals just twice in 10 playoff games this year. 

Certainly, something to keep in mind, but the Oilers managed to rip through a Calgary Flames team in the second round that was deemed one of the most well-rounded clubs out there. 

The Avalanche, though, is not sputtering like the Flames’ offense had been. So there is an indication that they could keep up with Edmonton if they need to.

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