A Western Conference First Round series can end when the Colorado Avalanche visit the Seattle Kraken Friday night. This would be one of the bigger upsets in recent memory as the Kraken are looking to win their first playoff series in franchise history against the defending Stanley Cup champs. Below is my NHL pick for the Avalanche vs Kraken.
The Pick: Seattle Kraken -145
This game will be played at Climate Pledge Arena at 10:00 p.m. on Friday, April 28, 2023.
✅ Seattle has won eight of their last 12 games played, including the end of the regular season.
✅ At home, the Kraken have won four of their last six games played.
✅ The defending champs have struggled against Seattle as Colorado has now lost six of their last nine meetings.
The Colorado Avalanche could not have expected the fight they are getting from the Kraken in this series and they are now one game from going from defending champs to first round exit. Colorado was up 2-1 in the series, but the Kraken won game four in overtime and then went to Denver and left with an impressive 3-2 win.
It was a scoreless first period in game five, but the Kraken got on the board first in the second. Colorado answered just 80 seconds later, but Seattle quickly answered that and led 2-1 after two. Seattle made it 3-1 early in the third and Colorado could not get both goals back.
Nathan MacKinnon and Evan Rodrigues both scored in the game five defeat. Four Avalanche players recorded an assist on the night.
The Seattle Kraken Looking to Make History
Seattle are now just one game away from making franchise history and they will have the chance to do it in front of a rowdy home crowd. The Kraken went from one of the worst teams in the league last season to potentially winning their first ever playoff series.