No series in the Stanley Cup playoffs is over until one team wins that all-important 4th game. That said, there are times when you can look at a series and see the writing on the wall. It certainly looks to be that way in the Western Conference Final, with the Colorado Avalanche in Edmonton on Monday night ready to close the series out in a 4-game sweep. It’s not what any of us, other than fans in Colorado, wanted to see, but the end looks very close in this one, as the Avalanche have basically dominated from the puck drop in Game 1. Given how things have played out to this point, it should come as no surprise to see Colorado favored by a goal and a half in Game 4. The goal total for this one is set at 6 ½. With that in mind, let’s see how both teams arrive to game 4 of the Western Conference championship series so you can continue betting against the NHL Playoffs Odds.
Stanley Cup Western Conference Final Betting Prediction: Oilers vs Avalanche Preview
Edmonton Oilers v Colorado Avalanche Game 4 Info
- When: Monday, June 6 at 8 PM EST
- Where: Rogers Place, Edmonton
- TV: ESPN
Why bet on the Edmonton Oilers
It is probably a little surprising that the Oilers have made it this far, but that being said, I imagine that most hockey fans expected a tighter series here. The Oilers offense, led by Connor McDavid, has been great throughout the postseason, but their defensive liabilities always seemed that it might end up being an issue. That appears to have happened now, with the Avalanche dropping 16 goals on Edmonton through the opening 3 games. To make matters worse, the Oilers offense has cooled off a little in the last 2 games, managing just 2 goals. Getting back in this series begins with a win in Game 4, with the Oilers winning 20 of their last 26 games on home ice. The OVER is 4-1 in the Oilers last 4 games that they started as an underdog.
Why bet on the Colorado Avalanche
The playoffs began with the Colorado Avalanche in as the favorite to win the Stanley Cup. Their odds have shortened dramatically now, especially since they are on the brink of closing out their second playoff series via a sweep. They did have to go 6 games to take out the St. Louis Blues in Round 2, but even then, you never got the sense that they were in any real danger. While a lot of teams rely on home ice advantage during the playoffs, the Avalanche have also got the job done on the road, as they have now won 6 straight away from home after their 4-2 win in Game 3 in Edmonton. You can see clearly in online betting sites, as Colorado is always favorite. Furthermore, they are 46-10 in the last 56 games following one where they held an opponent to 2 or fewer goals. The OVER has hit in 4 of their last 5 road games.
Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction
While it would not be a huge surprise to see the Edmonton Oilers stay alive with a win on home ice, but you do have to say that this series looks to be over, with Game 3 serving as the back breaker. The Oilers have to come out strong in this game, so I expect we might see some scoring again, which is why I am taking the OVER as my pick.
NHL Playoffs Odds: Colorado Avalanche 5 Edmonton Oilers 4
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