The Edmonton Oilers managed to make it to the semifinal stage of the NHL Playoffs. The Oilers successfully surpassed the Calgary Flames in a series that finished 4-2 in favor of Edmonton. With no Stanley Cup titles since the 1989-90 season, the Oilers might be ahead of their best chance to make it to the last matchup for NHL glory.
This Tuesday night, the Oilers will open the series against the Colorado Avalanche at Ball Arena. For the Avalanche, it just made sense to make it to the very last stage of the NHL playoffs. As the top seed in the Central Division, Colorado may have a lead over Edmonton as they prepare for Game 1.
The Oilers ended the series against the Flames quite easily despite the challenge. Edmonton took a hit in Game 1 yet quickly recovered to finish the series in five games. Whether expectations remain the same for this series is left to be determined.
For the Oilers, Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl have been leading figures running the team’s offense. McDavid is currently standing with 79 assists and 44 goals of 123 points.
Draisaitl still leads the Oilers with 55 goals and 24 on the power play. But, for both players, it’s
now the time for Edmonton to extend their positive streak as they managed to do with Calgary.
The Avalanche has become the top seed to keep a close eye on. Colorado managed to win the Central Division and stands as the top seed in the Western Conference. Still, the biggest challenge is ahead.
For Colorado, facing their rival for the night on three occasions has given them a positive perspective. Still, although the Avalanche did win two of their three games against the Oilers, they were not the easiest matchups in the regular season.
The two wins the Avalanche recorded were in games that extended to OT. For the Avalanche to continue winning, they will need to rely on top players like Mikko Rantanen. The right-winger currently stands with 36 goals and 56 assists for 92 points.
The Oilers might be on a roll, yet the Avalanche will start the series with home advantage. For the Oilers, the total has gone over in four of their last five games. As for the Avalanche, the total has gone under in 12 of their last 16 games against a rival from the Pacific Division.
The Oilers will now pursue their fifth straight win against Colorado. They have also remained the third seed in the league with a 26% power-play percentage. In other words, the Oilers have enough talent to surpass the Avalanche. As for Colorado, a 32-5-4 home record will stand out as the most solid mark for the Oilers to beat tonight. The Avalanche might not have the most reliable offensive numbers, yet they have relied on consistency to get here. It seems that feeling could take the Avalanche further than they expected.