Edmonton Oilers vs. Colorado Avalanche Free Preview


A couple of teams that have put themselves squarely in playoff contention, the Edmonton Oilers and the Colorado Avalanche take the ice at the Pepsi Center. This Western Conference matchup will get started at 9 p.m. ET on Tuesday, December 11 and it can be seen live on Sportsnet West.

Edmonton Oilers vs. Colorado Avalanche Odds

Colorado (-150) is favored over Edmonton (+130) and oddsmakers have set the Over/Under (O/U) at an even 6 goals. If you want to play the game’s total, you’ll be looking at odds of -105 for the over and -115 for the under.

Earning moneyline bettors 2.9 units, the Avalanche are 17-13 straight up (SU) overall this year. That winning percentage, ranked third in the Central Division so far this season, isn’t too far off from to what the team posted during last year’s regular season (43-39). Among its 30 games this season, 16 have gone over the total, while 14 have gone under and none have pushed. The team’s 6-5 SU at home this season.

Colorado currently has the second-best power-play unit in the NHL, as it has converted on 30.2 percent of their extra-man opportunities this year. On the other hand, its penalty kill is rated 17th overall, and it’s successfully killed off 79.1 percent of all penalties.

Colorado, as a collective unit, has been whistled for penalties 4.3 times per game overall this season, and 3.6 per game over its last five home outings. The team has been forced to kill penalties for 10.0 minutes per contest over its last five home games.

With a .918 save percentage and 28.6 saves per game, Semyon Varlamov (10-10-3) has been the primary goalkeeper for the Avalanche this season. If head coach Jared Bednar chooses to give him the night off, however, the team may turn to Philipp Grubauer (7-4-4 record, .907 save percentage, 3.00 goals against average).

Mikko Rantanen and Nathan MacKinnon will both lead the offensive attack for the Avalanche. Rantanen (48 points) is up to 12 goals and 36 assists and has recorded two or more points in 15 different games this year. MacKinnon has 20 goals and 25 assists to his name and has notched at least one point in 22 contests.

Edmonton has earned 2.8 units for moneyline bettors this year and is currently 16-14 straight up (SU). A total of 16 of its outings have gone under the total, while 12 have gone over and just two have pushed. Edmonton’s 7-9 SU as the road team this season.

Edmonton has converted on 18.8 percent of its power play opportunities this year, a mark that’s right around league average. On the other hand, its penalty kill unit is ranked 22nd overall and it’s successfully defended 77.2 percent of all penalties.

Edmonton’s players have been whistled for penalties 3.8 times per game this season, and 3.1 per game over their past ten contests. The team has been forced to kill penalties just 7.6 minutes per game over their last 10 outings.

Cam Talbot (25.6 saves per game) has been the primary option in goal for Edmonton. Talbot has seven wins, 10 losses, and one OT loss to his credit, while registering a .895 save percentage and 3.12 goals against average this year.

For the visiting Oilers, the offense will be facilitated through Connor McDavid (16 goals, 25 assists) and Leon Draisaitl (15 goals, 19 assists).

Edmonton Oilers at Colorado Avalanche Betting Predictions

Free Prediction: SU Winner \u2013 Avalanche, O/U \u2013 Over

Betting Notes

  • For both of these teams, the over has hit in three of their past five outings.
  • Over Colorado’s last ten outings, seven of them have been decided by two or more goals (the team is 5-2 in those games).
  • Edmonton skaters have accounted for the league’s fifth-most hits per game (25.8).