The 2022 Stanley Cup Western Conference Finals continue Monday, June 6, with Game 4 at Rogers Place in Edmonton, Alberta, so we have prepared the best Avalanche vs. Oilers betting pick along with the latest team stats, news, and odds update.
Colorado is on the cusp of the 2022 Stanley Cup Finals following a 4-2 victory in Game 3 this past Saturday. The Avalanche are -125 moneyline favorites to finish the job Monday, while the Oilers are +105 home underdogs with a total of 6.5 goals on MyBookie Sportsbook.
The Avs overcame an early deficit to grab their fourth straight W
After an 8-6 triumph in Game 1 and a comfortable 4-0 blanking of the Oilers in Game 2, the Colorado Avalanche extended their winning streak to four games with a huge 4-2 road victory over Edmonton. Despite missing their starting goaltender, Darcy Kuemper, in the last two outings due to an injury, the Avs have been outstanding at the back, while their offense has proved its worth.
Colorado conceded after just 38 seconds of play in Game 3. Winger Valeri Nichushkin scored a couple of goals to turn things around, while JT Compher broke a 2-2 tie after 12:42 of play in the third period. Mikko Rantanen sealed the win on an empty net, tallying his fourth goal of the postseason.
The Avs outshot the Oilers 43-29 in Game 3, but they also went 0-for-5 with the man advantage. Pavel Francouz posted 27 stops after a 24-save shutout in Game 2, so he deserved another starting call while Kuemper remains questionable to play. Center Nazem Kadri will miss Game 4 with a thumb injury, while winger Andre Burakovsky (leg) is listed as doubtful.
The Oilers’ offense is falling apart
The Edmonton Oilers were unstoppable in the second round, scoring 20 goals through five contests against the Calgary Flames, who owned the third-lowest scoring defense in the regular season. After tallying six goals in the opening contest of the conference finals, the Oilers have found the back of the net only twice over their previous two outings.
Edmonton took only 24 shots in that 4-0 defeat at the Avalanche in Game 2. They did a slightly better job last Saturday, but it wasn’t enough. The Oilers earned a whopping 23 penalty minutes, while Leon Draisaitl was a non-factor for the second straight outing.
Draisaitl and Connor McDavid have combined for a thumping 16 goals and 42 assists so far this postseason. Evander Kane has 13 goals on his playoff tally but hasn’t scored in three of his previous four showings. At least, Mike Smith posted 39 saves with a .929 SV% in Game 3.
- 17-4 in the last 21 games at home
- 14-7 in the last 21 games against the Western Conference
Colorado Avalanche vs. Edmonton Oilers Pick
After backing the Avalanche in the first two games of the series, I was on the Oilers in Game 3. It was a tough loss, and the Oilers will have to improve a lot if they want to avoid a sweep in the Western Conference Finals.
I’m expecting a tight battle in Game 4 and would take the Oilers once more. Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl must be fired up to prove their worth, and the Oilers’ offense will be a key factor in this one.
Pick: Take Edmonton Oilers at +105
The line has been set at exactly seven goals in the first three games of this series. It sits at 6.5 goals in Game 4, and I would go with the over. The Oilers’ defense is far away from an elite level, and Edmonton’s only chance to stay alive is to outscore the Avalanche in a high-scoring affair.
The Avs have dropped only two games in the 2022 Stanley Cup, allowing nine goals in total over those two outings. On the other side, the Oilers have scored four or more goals in six of their eight victories this postseason.
Pick: Go over 6.5 goals at -140