Avalanche vs Oilers Odds Preview Game 3: Edmonton in Dire Straits

Can the Oilers Stop the Avalanche?

The Colorado Avalanche move in to take a commanding 3-0 lead on the Edmonton Oilers. Per the Avalanche vs Oilers odds, there is a good chance Colorado wins this Saturday. Colorado trounced Edmonton 4-0 in Game 2 and looked like a tier above the Oilers, who were coming into the series on a hot streak. Edmonton now looks to change things up in hopes of staying in this series.

Avalanche vs Oilers Game 3 Info

Avalanche Facing Little to No Resistance

Eat your heart out, Leafs fans. Nazem Kadri led the Colorado Avalanche to victory by fueling their three-goal outburst in the second period. Kadri assisted on all three goals and is now tied in the Colorado Avalanche standings for the series with four points. Simply put, Colorado has faced little resistance against Edmonton.

The most the Oilers could do was gain possession of the puck and spend nearly three periods of the game in Colorado’s zone. But that was fruitless as Pavel Francouz turned back all 24 of their shots. Meanwhile, the Avalanche converted on 36 of their 40 shots. Some of these were generated by mistakes on Edmonton’s end.

Colorado is like a well-oiled machine. This team will exploit every mistake it can and their level of play does not drop off significantly after their top line. The Avalanche has six players with double figures in scoring these playoffs and seven with at least four goals – a goal every three-game average.

Oilers Appear Overmatched

The Edmonton Oilers went from being on top of the world to free falling into a bottomless pit. Edmonton realized how quickly things can go from bad to worse facing a team like Colorado. Now, the Avalanche vs Oilers odds has Edmonton as a slight underdog heading back to the Rogers Place. Edmonton has won three straight games here and will need every ounce of energy from their fans.

The last time Edmonton hosted Colorado, it blew them out 6-3 despite the Avalanche getting six power plays. In fact, Edmonton has dropped six goals on Colorado in two of its last three home games. This is still a team led by Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl. But the rest of the team will need to take their play to the next level.

Edmonton got contributions from Cody Ceci, Zach Hyman, and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins throughout the playoffs. They will need to play better and minimize mistakes to keep Edmonton afloat when their big guns head to the bench. Mike Smith or whoever is in the net will need to bounce back as he will once again face plenty of shots.

Shades of 2006?

NHL teams down 0-2 comeback to win the series 13.5 percent of the time. This shrinks a lot more to just two percent when down 0-3. These are the NHL betting odds the Oilers are facing. In this year’s playoffs, teams that went down 0-2 lost the series four out of five times. Nashville and Florida got swept, St. Louis lost in six and Boston, in seven. The lone team to win? The New York Rangers, also overcame a 1-3 deficit in the first round.

The last time Edmonton overcame an 0-2 series deficit, it went all the way to the Stanley Cup Final in 2006. The Oilers, led by the likes of Chris Pronger and Dwayne Roloson took over the series against San Jose when they returned to Edmonton. If McDavid and Smith (or Mikko Koskinen) can win Game 3, it could be a momentum changer. After all, Colorado did blow a 2-0 series lead last playoffs.

Avalanche vs Oilers Betting Trends

Colorado has gotten the better of Edmonton per their recent Avalanche vs Oilers odds. The Avalanche have won seven of their last 10 meetings. They are also 5-5 on the puck line in this span.

At least one team has scored four or more goals in eight of these teams’ last 10 meetings. And yet the total stays even at 5 1/2.

The Avalanche are the only unbeaten team on the road in these playoffs: 5-0. They are +13 in goal differential and have scored on 50 percent of their power-plays.

Edmonton has lost just three times in their last 20 games at home. The team has a 100 percent net penalty-killing percentage.

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