The Colorado Avalanche rewarded bettors with another easy cover in Game 2 of the NHL’s Western Conference Finals. Colorado defeated the Edmonton Oilers 4-0 at Ball Arena. Whether bettors have backed the Avs on the puckline or moneyline, they’ve cashed winning tickets in both games so far.
The series odds have ballooned at sportsbooks with the Avs now -900 at DraftKings. If you think the Oilers can rebound from a 2-0 series deficit, Edmonton could be had for +600 at DraftKings as of Friday morning.
Avs Are Six Wins Away From Stanley Cup Title
Colorado has been the betting favorite to hoist the Stanley Cup throughout the 2022 NHL Playoffs. The Avs’ title odds shortened after the Game 2 win. Here are FanDuel‘s futures odds on all four remaining NHL teams as of Friday:
|Team||FanDuel Odds To Win 2022 Stanley Cup|
The Avs might have to rely on backup goalie Pavel Francouz, who replaced the injured Darcy Kuemper and posted the shutout victory in Game 2.
Avs’ sniper Nathan MacKinnon recorded an amazing 11 shots and scored another goal in Game 2. His odds to win the Conn Smythe Trophy as NHL Playoff MVP dropped all the way from +290 to +200. Teammate Cale Makar remains the second betting choice at +300. Here are updated Conn Smythe odds from DraftKings:
|Player||DraftKings NHL Playoff MVP Odds|
— Colorado Avalanche (@Avalanche) June 3, 2022
Oilers Head Back Home In Huge Hole
Edmonton has two of the league’s premier offensive players in Connor McDavid (29 playoff points) and Leon Draisaitl (28), but they were both stymied by a backup goalie (and the Avs’ smothering defense) in Game 2.
If you’re looking to profit on Oilers’ player props in Game 3, consider going “over” on the point totals for both players in Game 3 at Edmonton. McDavid’s point prop at Fan Duel was set at 1.5 with the “over” at -142 as of Friday.
Draisaitl had been a point-producing machine of late with 17 points in the five games prior to Game 2. He typically offers more value on “over” props than McDavid. That’s why we prefer a play on him at “over” 1.5 points at +108 (FanDuel) in Game 3.
Edmonton goalie Mike Smith played well in a losing cause with 36 saves in Game 2. His up-and-down performance makes Smith a riskier play when it comes to props on saves. Smith was yanked early in Game 1 after giving up six goals to the Avs in a little over a period.
"It's not a matter of our structure, it's doing it over & over again at an elite level."
The #Oilers struggled to break through offensively after a three-goal Avalanche outburst lifted the home side to Game 2 victory.
— Edmonton Oilers (@EdmontonOilers) June 3, 2022