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As the NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs continue this Thursday, there is a game between two Western Conference foes. In this game, the Colorado Avalanche travel to the Scotiabank Saddledome to take on the Calgary Flames. Colorado enters this game with a 3-1 series lead after winning the last three games between these teams as the Avalanche will now look to advance into the second round with a win in this game.
MacKinnon Must Lead Colorado To A Victory
This season, the Colorado Avalanche looked to make it back into the NHL postseason behind some elite level talent. So far this season, the team fulfilled that goal as the team managed to secure the second Wild Card spot in the Western Conference. By qualifying for the playoffs, the Avalanche are “rewarded” by having to play the best team in the Western Conference as the Calgary Flames finished the regular season as the one seed. However, Colorado has looked like the better team so far this series and has its offense clicking on all cylinders at this point in time. With a chance to win this series at stake, look for the Avalanche to come out ready for blood.
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The Colorado Avalanche are led by star forward Nathan MacKinnon who has been tremendous this season. Last season, MacKinnon managed to score 39 goals while compiling 97 total points. This season, he has looked even better as he scored 41 goals along with 99 total points. MacKinnon is clearly one of the best players in the entire league and he has looked great so far this series as he enters this game with at least a point in each of his last three games.
Calgary Looks To Stay Alive
This season, the Calgary Flames looked to make it back into the NHL postseason behind some elite level talent. Luckily, the team was able to fulfil those expectations as it is clinched a playoff spot about a month ago. However, the team managed to do a lot more than that as Calgary ended the regular season with the best record in the Western Conference and received home ice advantage for the majority of the playoffs as a reward. However, the team has already lost its home ice advantage and is now in danger of being eliminated from the playoffs after falling behind 3-1 in this series. With a “must-win” game up next, look for the Flames to come out focused.
The Calgary Flames are led by star forward Johnny Gaudreau who has been tremendous this season. Last season, Gaudreau managed to score 24 goals while compiling 84 total points. This season, he has looked even better as he scored 36 goals along with 99 total points. Gaudreau is clearly one of the best players in the entire league and he has looked great on an elite team throughout the regular season. However, he has made a very small impact on this series as he only has one point in the team’s first four games.
- 1-5 last 6 overall.
- 6-2 last 8 vs. Pacific.
- 10-4 last 14 vs. Western Conference.
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
Although Calgary was the much better team in the regular season, I have to take the Avalanche in this game. Calgary’s offense seems to have gone cold lately as the team has failed to score more than two goals in a game since game one. Furthermore, Colorado’s offense has looked great in the last few games and the team’s defense is now stronger due to a last minute acquisition. As a result, give me the Avalanche to end this series prematurely.
Prediction: Colorado Avalanche
Full-Game Total Pick
Anytime, you have a chance to take a total of six in the NHL this season, I feel like it automatically possesses value. The value is even greater when you get MacKinnon and Gaudreau as they have the ability to dominate any game at the drop of a hat. Plus, since this is an elimination game for the Flames, one can expect to see multiple empty net opportunities if Colorado is ahead late in the third period. Give me the over as a result.
Prediction: Over 6