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NHL Picks: June 02

By Michael Spiegel

The Edmonton Oilers gave the Colorado Avalanche a run for their money on Monday night. The Oilers went into Monday night’s contest as +170 (Betway) underdogs. They answered that by opening the scoring with an Evander Kane goal just five minutes in. After that goal, the Avs dominated most of the first and second periods.

McDavid and the Oilers showed just how relentless they are. Being down 7-3 at one point in this game and having to deal with a controversial offside challenge, they still managed to claw their way back to within one and had a shot to tie the game in the late stages with the goalie pulled. However, it wasn’t meant to be as Gabriel Landeskog potted the empty netter and secured game 1 for the Avs. While most of the talk surrounding this game was about Cale Makar’s controversial goal, the response from the Oilers is what should be the main story. Coming back from down 4 goals to almost tie arguably the best team in the league is not an easy feat and the Oilers are going to have a lot of momentum to build upon going into game 2.

Game 2 is very much still a mystery, at least in goal. In the Edmonton net, we saw some recurring themes from game 1 of the second round as once again Mike Smith was not sharp at all. He was pulled after allowing 6 goals on 25 shots. Despite this, Woodcroft might very well go back to Smith in game 2, as he has been able to rebound in these playoffs after not looking sharp with his game 1 performances.

As for the Avs, Darcy Kuemper left game 1 after sustaining an upper-body injury. The injury is still very much ‘up in the air’ and it is still unclear as to whether or not he will be ready to go for game 2. While Pavel Francouz is a perfectly good backup, Kuemper is clearly the more superior goalie. It also seemed as though the team’s confidence wasn’t quite as high with Francouz in net as opposed to Kuemper. This could be a real turning point in the series if Colorado doesn’t have their number one goalie.

With the way that the Oilers have responded in these playoffs after a loss, I think they have an advantage here, despite how good the Avalanche are. The Avalanche were stunned in game 2 against St. Louis, as the Blues seemed to have them completely figured out. The Oilers could very well take game 2 tonight and even up this series as we head back to Edmonton. Whatever happens tonight, I think most hockey fans want to see as much of this entertaining series as we possibly can, hopefully this means seven games.

Pick: Oilers – Money Line +156 (Coolbet)

Other notable bets:

Oilers/Avalanche under 7 +122 (Sports Interaction): As entertaining as game 1 was, I don’t think we’re going to see another 14-goal onslaught. Even with these high-power offenses, I think we’ll see a more structured and defensive minded game tonight.

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