The Edmonton Oilers and Colorado Avalanche will be playing in the Western Conference Finals of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. The best-of-seven series will begin Tuesday, May 31 at Ball Arena in Denver, Colorado. All games will be shown on TNT. The winner will advance to the Stanley Cup Final against the winner of the Eastern Conference Final between the Tampa Bay Lightning and New York Rangers.
Colorado is a -250 favorite to win the series on DraftKings Sportsbook. Edmonton is betting at +200.
Here we’re going to be tracking the results from the Oilers-Avalanche series in the Western conference finals of the 2022 NHL playoffs.
Avalanche win series 4-0
Game 1: Avalanche 8, Oilers 6
Recap — Well, these two teams blew past the over pretty quickly. The Avs and Oilers combined for five goals in the first period and another six in the second. The line was set at 7.0 goals and we may see that number climb to 8.5 for Game 2. Especially with Darcy Kuemper sustaining an upper-body injury in Game 1. Pavel Francouz may end up starting for Colorado.
Anyway, it was pretty much a goal-fest in Game 1. Cale Makar registered four points (one goal, three assists) while Nathan MacKinnon, Mikko Rantanen and Devon Toews each had two points. Connor McDavid had three points (one goal, two assists). Mike Smith was yanked after allowing six goals. Mikko Koskinen didn’t play bad after entering the game, giving Edmonton a chance to mount a comeback. He made 20 saves on 21 shots and could be seen more in Game 2.
Game 2: Avalanche 4, Oilers 0
Recap — The Avalanche pretty much sealed the Oilers’ fate on Thursday night with a dominant win to take a 2-0 series lead. Colorado feels unbeatable. Darcy Kuemper went down and Pavel Francouz shut down Edmonton with 24 saves. To be honest, he wasn’t tested much. The Avalanche were too busy making Mike Smith work on the other end. The Oilers goalie got lit up in Game 1. He battled for 35 saves in the Game 2 loss. Good effort. Better luck at home.
Game 3: Avalanche 4, Oilers 2
Recap — Colorado is just too much for Edmonton. The Avalanche are one win away from the Stanley Cup Final after a 4-2 victory in Game 3 on Saturday. Valeri Nichushkin was the offense for the Avs in Game 3, scoring twice. Pavel Francouz made 27 saves on 29 shots, which was more than enough to help push Colorado to 3-0 in the series despite missing Darcy Kuemper.
Game 4: Avalanche 6, Oilers 5 OT
Recap — Artturi Lehkonen scored in overtime to give the Avs the win in Game 4 to send them to the Cup Final for the first time since 2001. The game was quiet through the first two periods before the offenses woke up. The two teams combined for six goals in the third and Zack Kassian’s goal forced overtime. Still, it wasn’t enough to keep the Oilers alive and Colorado will await the winner of Rangers-Lightning.