Colorado Avalanche (20-50-3) at Edmonton Oilers (40-25-9)
|Date & Time||Saturday March 25, 2017, 10:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Edmonton Oilers -265 / Colorado Avalanche +235 --- Over/Under: 5.5
NHL hockey action comes to Rogers Place where the Colorado Avalanche and the Edmonton Oilers faceoff.
It’s no secret the Colorado Avalanche have struggled for the majority of the season and a quick look at their record says as much. The Avalanche put a scare in to the Edmonton Oilers Thursday before their defense was overwhelmed by the Oilers five goal third period explosion. The Avs offense did all they could with Mikko Rantanen scoring two times with Rene Bourgue and JT Compher joining the scoring column.
Nathan MacKinnon added a pair of helpers for the Avalanche but Jeremy Smith was charged with six goals on 29 shots which resulted in loss number four in a row. The huge offensive night for the Oilers saw Jordan Eberle find the back of the net twice in the third period with Drake Caggiula, Zack Kassian, Leon Draisaitl, Milan Lucic and Andrej Sekera also scoring. Sekera also gave Edmonton a pair of helpers but defense and goaltending were the main concern for the winners.
Oilers starter Cam Talbot was shaky between the pipes with all four goals allowed through two periods and he was pulled for the second straight game. Laurent Brossoit came on in relief and gave the Oilers six saves which kept the team in the game until the offense finally found the groove and pulled away to help Brossoit to his second win of the season. Edmonton has now won five of six following a three game skid.
The over is 4-0 in Avalanche last 4 vs. a team with a winning record and the over is 6-0-1 in Avalanche last 7 Saturday games while the over is 4-0 in Avalanche last 4 overall. The Oilers are 5-0 in their last 5 vs. a team with a winning % below .400 and the Oilers are 4-0 in their last 4 home games while the Oilers are 5-0 in their last 5 after scoring 5 goals or more in their previous game. The road team is 4-0 in the last 4 meetings and the under is 7-3-1 in the last 11 meetings in Edmonton.
The under has done well in general when these teams meet but for now I’ll back Edmonton in some fashion until I see who is in the nets…