The Colorado Avalanche unfurl their reclaimed home-ice advantage against a Seattle Kraken team that’s still Crackin in Game 5.
The series is tied 2-2 after Seattle’s overtime triumph in Game 4 made this a best-of-three series.
Colorado is favored, but Seattle owns a victory on Colorado ice in Game 1 of this series and prevailed twice there during the regular season.
Seattle Kraken vs. Colorado Avalanche Game 5 Odds
Colorado is -180 on the moneyline and Seattle is +155.
Over-Under is 5.5 (Over -120, Under +100.) The Under has hit in three of the first four games.
Seattle on the puck line is -155, while Colorado can capture +135 by covering a goal and a half. That’s a modest number for a difficult task.
Here are Game 5 lines from the best sports betting apps.
Seattle Kraken vs. Colorado Avalanche Game 5 Betting Analysis
This series has been ripe for “Next Goal” wagers because of its numerous lead changes.
Every game in this series has featured a team with a two-goal lead.
In each of the last three games, a team has stormed back from a two-goal deficit to either win or get even.
Colorado has done it twice.
The Avalanche produced a 3-2 triumph in Game 2, reversing a 2-0 deficit. In Game 4, the Avs rallied from 2-0 down to forge a 2-2 deadlock before losing in overtime.
The Kraken trailed 3-1 in Game 3 before collecting two quick goals. Colorado answered with three of its own.
Teams have shown the ability to score in clusters.
This has become a bigger picture of in-game opportunity.
The team scoring first is 26-9 on the moneyline in the overall NHL playoff round thus far.
But monumental comebacks by the Toronto Maple Leafs and Edmonton Oilers — both overcoming three-goal road deficits to win recent games — make bettors look twice at teams who have fallen far behind in a contest.
Bettors can cash in on the next goal and, possibly, the moneyline comeback.
The payout from a three-goal deficit is usually +1500 or better, depending upon when it happens.
DraftKings Boss Addresses Betting Comebacks
“The pattern has been unusual this year,” Johnny Avello, the director of race and sportsbook operations for DraftKings, told Gaming Today. “The teams who score first are winning, but there have been more lead changes than we are used to seeing.
“I think teams are taking more chances, even when they get behind by three goals. They are risking going down by four goals but they may feel they have nothing to lose at that point, so they are being more aggressive.”
That has meant sending more attackers into the zone and risking odd-man rushes.
Beyond the betting aspect, it has produced some memorable action.
Kraken vs. Avalanche Game 5 Props (FanDuel)
Mikko Rantanen -125
Nathan MacKinnon -115
Artturi Lehkonen +175
Evan Rodrigues +245
J.J. Compher +245
Jaden Schwartz +245
Kraken vs. Avalanche Betting News
Game 4 was an excellent bounce-back game for Philipp Grubauer. After being burned for three quick third-period goals in Seattle’s 6-4 Game 3 loss, he held the Avs scoreless in the final period.
As his team outshot Colorado 43-22, he made some important stops during the third period when the game was tied.
Jaden Schwartz continues to shine.
Besides his two goals in Seattle’s Game 3 loss, he set up the power play that produced the winning overtime goal by Jordan Eberle in Game 4. Schwartz was pulled down on a breakaway attempt early in overtime. He then assisted on the game-winner.
Kraken coach Dave Hakstol said leading scorer Jared McCann won’t be available to play in Game 5. He was injured during the first period of Game 4.
Mikko Rantanen had an excellent two-game set in Seattle. He scored during Colorado’s putaway drive in Game 3 and notched both Game 4 goals for Colorado in the second period.
Colorado goaltender Alexandar Georgiev had his finest game of the postseason.
Georgiev kept the Avalanche in the game long enough for his team to come back in a game dominated by Seattle.
Kraken vs. Avalanche Betting Trends
The Avs are favored by the majority of bettors, although the Kraken has generated some healthy dog action on the puck line.
DraftKings bettors favor Colorado via 83% of the moneyline handle and 79% of the tickets.
Colorado has 60% of the puck-line tickets and 57% of the handle, indicating some faith in the Kraken to keep it close.
The Over 5.5 has significant support with 81% of the handle and 79% of the tickets.
Kraken vs. Avalanche Game 5 Prediction
How To Watch Kraken vs. Avalanche
- Game 5 Date: Wednesday, April 26, 2023
- Puck Drop: 9:30 p.m. ET
- Location: Ball Arena — Denver, CO
- Where to Watch: ESPN