In NHL action on Tuesday, the Colorado Avalanche take on the Edmonton Oilers in the Western Conference Finals.
The Edmonton Oilers will begin their series against the Colorado Avalanche on the road, seeking to get a quick win. The Oilers won both of their road games against Calgary last season. Edmonton scored 290 goals in the regular season, good for seventh place among NHL clubs. Edmonton is the 16th-best defensive team in the league, allowing opponents to score an average of 3.06 goals per game. The Oilers have a strength of schedule ranking of 17th in the NHL this season. They enter this game as the NHL’s 11th-ranked team when it comes to opponent-adjusted scoring margin.
After winning their last series against St. Louis, the Colorado Avalanche prepare to host the Edmonton Oilers. The Avalanche went 1-2 at home in the series. The Avalanche scored 312 goals in the regular season, for an average of 3.76 goals per game. This puts them in third place among NHL teams. Colorado’s defense is rated 7th in the league, allowing 2.83 goals per game. The Avalanche have had the league’s 26th toughest schedule this season. Colorado has a power ranking of 3rd in the NHL when considering their scoring margin in relation to the quality of their opponents.
Leon Draisaitl is the Edmonton Oilers’ leading goal scorer after 82 games. He is second in overall points with 110, thanks to his 55 assists. He is converting 19.8 percent of his shots into goals this season. Furthermore, the Oilers have benefited from the excellent play of Connor McDavid, who leads the club in scoring. He has 44 goals in 82 games for Edmonton, with a 14.0 percent shooting percentage. His offensive production has earned him a plus-minus rating of 28 on the ice. Mikko Koskinen is Edmonton’s best goalie, allowing an average of 3.1 goals per game.
Mikko Rantanen leads the Colorado Avalanche in goal and overall scoring with 92 points in 75 games. With a shooting percentage of 14.2 percent, he has reached his goal total of 36. So far, he’s scored 44.0 percent of his goals on the power play. Nathan MacKinnon, who has 56 assists to go along with his 32 goals, is right behind him. His offensive production has earned him a plus-minus rating of +22 while on the ice. Darcy Kuemper is Colorado’s best goalkeeper, allowing 2.54 goals per game on average. In 57 games, he has made 32 quality starts, a quality start percentage that is higher than the league average.
Free Pick: Colorado Avalanche